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November 20, 2012

Don "Peanut Butter" Breeland

R.I.P. Don 'Peanut Butter' Breeland
R.I.P. Don 'Peanut Butter' Breeland

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Bio of Donald "Peanut Butter" Breeland

He was born August 26, 1946 in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Passed away October 27, 2012 in Sacramento, California. He was 66 years, 2 months, and 1 day, young. His parents were Cecil and Lois Breeland, and he had two older brothers; Gene, seven years his senior, and Jim of El Paso, Texas, three years his senior. In his young life, Don lived in three places; Tulsa, Independence, Missouri; and Sacramento, California. Don;s primary education started in Independence in 1951 and culminated in Sacramento in January, 1965 with his graduation from Hiram W. Johnson High Senior High School. During his formative teenage years, Don developed a love for the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, and guns. He spent many a weekend with his buddies backpacking, hunting and fishing. Don was also an athlete in high school earning two varsity letters in football and one in wrestling.

After his graduation he moved with our parents to Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was in Tulsa that he joined the Oklahoma National Guard. He also went to work with our father as a carpenter apprentice. It was during this time that he met Kay and in June 1966 they were married. Shortly after his marriage, Don enlisted in the United States Navy as a Seabee. He spent ten years in the Navy including a tour in Viet Nam where earned a Bronze Star, and received a Purple Heart. War has a negative impact upon those left behind, and after his return from Viet Nam in 1970, his marriage fell apart and he and Kay divorced in 1971. He never married again. Don separated from the Navy in 1976 and moved to Susanville, California where he attended Lassen College and earned an AA Degree in Gunsmithing. He lived in Lassen County five years and owned and operated Eagle Lake Sports, a store on Highway 36, northwest of Susanville. He sold the business and left Lassen County in 1981.

Don first joined E Clampus Vitus while on leave from the Navy in 1972 when he was initiated into Chapter 8 in Quincy. Upon his return from the Navy in 1976, he became active and never looked back. He is or was a member of several chapters and was instrumental in the founding of John A. Sutter #1841. He was an XNGH and reestablished the Dumbilican Brotherhood. He was twice voted as Clamper of the Year.

Don moved to Sacramento in 1981 when our father suffered a massive stroke and was confined to a nursing home. It was then that he moved in with our mother to aid and assist her with living expenses. He stayed after our father passed and through the balance of our mother's life. He worked in various fields from Regional Maintenance Manager for Circle K Stores to his final business as a licensed Process Server. He was also a licensed firearms and ammunition dealer.

Don was a Clamper of the highest order, he was also an Odd Fellow, an Eagle, and a member of the VFW and Disabled Veterans of America. He will be missed a both a biological Brother and a Fraternal Brother.

Reported by,

Brother Gene "Bean Counter" Breeland, brother