Donald Dayton Malkerson (birth 06/09/1933), age 88, died on Nov. 2, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Cress Malkerson; children, Erik D. Malkerson (Shannon), Guy T. Malkerson (Jessica), Mary Nichole Ehinger (Nathaniel); and nine grandchildren.
Don grew up in LaBolt, SD with the exception of a year spent in California where his father was employed with defense work during WWII. Following his graduation from Strandburg High School, Don entered the Navy with a four-year enlistment. During his Navy tours, Don saw the world. Trained as an aviation electrician, his shipboard experiences on the carriers Randolph and Boxer included cruises in the Far East and the Mediterranean. Having learned carpentry skills with his contractor father, Don mastered skills early which he would use all his life as a husband, father, and homeowner, passing them onto his sons and remodeling his homes. Following his Navy service, Don enrolled in South Dakota State College, graduating in 1960 with a B.S. in Economics.
He was then employed by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), working with them until his retirement. Don was involved with the calculation of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in various roles ranging from data collection to supervisory positions. He saw Alaska as well as much of the country with the BLS.
Don and his sons were active with Boy Scout Troop 1530 in Fairfax County. He attended every meeting with his sons and assumed various leadership roles. He greatly enjoyed the camaraderie ‘ of the monthly camping trips and the larger Jamborees. Don also devoted substantial time with his children’s swimming, soccer, and other activities.
With family and friends, Don enjoyed camping trips, neighborhood get-togethers, canoeing especially on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, ski and beach trips as well as traveling to South Dakota, Michigan, the Great Lakes and Canada.
He enjoyed quiet time, perhaps reading a book, as well as spending time with friends and family, and he treasured time with his grandchildren, often telling tales related to his experiences. His kindness, quiet demeanor, generosity, sense of humor, and loving heart will be missed.
His immediate family will celebrate his life by getting together and remembering Don. There will be a brief service honoring him at Quantico National Cemetery on December 3 at 1:30 p.m., where his ashes will be placed. Donations in his name may be given to charities of your choosing.