Donald Cleaves

Donald Cleaves

Sunday, January 23rd, 1944 Friday, October 4th, 2019

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Donald Cleaves, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Or sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been submitted for approval. There may be a delay before posting.

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Donald Cleaves.

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question / comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.


Obituary for Donald Richard Cleaves

Donald R. Cleaves passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019 in Dallas, Oregon. He was 75.
Don was born on January 23, 1944 in Durham, North Carolina to his parents Diana and Richard Cleaves. He moved with his family to Monterey, California in 1958 and attended Junipero Memorial High School where he graduated in 1962. In 1966 he graduated from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. He was the oldest of three children; a brother Alan and a sister Carolyn. Don married his high school sweetheart, Ann in 1965 in Monterey and the couple resided in Dublin California where they raised their three children, William, Robert and David. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann and his second wife, Michelle.

Don worked for the Oakland Police Department for over twenty years. After retiring from OPD, he took his expertise in check forgery and counterfeiting first to Glendale Federal and later to PG&E where he retired a second time. After his retirement, Don and his second wife Michelle moved to Dallas, Oregon where they lived with their beloved dog, Buster. Don enjoyed collecting memorabilia of all kinds.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for the family.

To plant a memorial tree in honor of Donald Richard Cleaves, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.
Read Less

Service Details

  • Service

    Private Family Services
    Address Not Available

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each

Subscribe to Updates

We encourage you to share any memorable photos or stories about Donald. All tributes placed on and purchased through this memorial website will remain on in perpetuity for generations.

Tribute Wall

Private Condolence
Would you like to attach a photo or video to your condolence?

No video recorded.

Honor the life of Donald Richard Cleaves by planting a memorial tree.
Planted in the area of greatest need

Ron Oznowicz

Don, it has been a long time since we shared those wonderful days and nights of working together. We made a difference.
Comment | Posted at 01:55am via Condolence

Mike Martin

Sad to hear this. I worked with Don at Oakland PD for years. He was a price of a man, calm and competent. Godspeed, Don.

Mike Martin, Ret, OPD
Comment | Posted at 11:28am via Condolence

James A. Kennemore

Dear Family; Don and I worked together for several watches on downtown "Paddy Wagon". It was my first real assignment. After I moved on to a regular beat (In the same District 1) we remained friends and eventually, along with a couple of other guys (I believe Charlie Sullivan and Larry Davis) we became the "Young Turks" as we ran as a slate for the Board of Directors of OPOA. I think we all won and helped to guide the association under the tutelage of some of the great old-timers . Eventually Don and I went in different directions. He earned promotion to Sergeant and mostly disappeared into CID as a detective, while I spent most of my career as a motor officer/sergeant. After my retirement in 1993 I became active in the Northern California Fraud Investigators Assn. and met with Don again. He remained the same quiet gentleman I had known through the years. I cherish the days I spent on the "Paddy Wagon" with him He taught this rookie a whole lot about being a Oakland Police Office. May the Lord God receive Don into his heavenly award and look over his family. Semper Fidelis Jim Kennemore, Ret, OPD
Posted at 05:49pm

Why light a candle?

This is why you should light a candle..

Share by: