Donna SYRON Obituary (1950 – 2022) – Deer Park, WA

Donna Jean Syron died Monday, March 7, 2022 in Spokane, Washington at the age of 72. Donna was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on January 7, 1950, to Donald and Bernice Hedin, the eldest of six children.

Donna grew up on the east side of St. Paul and graduated from Harding Senior High School in 1968. During her high school years, she was active in many clubs and served on many committees, corporate honor, student body council (president one year).

Her leadership and academic excellence earned Donna a full scholarship to the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Welfare in June 1972. This degree clearly defined and directed her future contribution in the life. Shortly after graduating, Donna applied and was accepted to VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). She packed her bags and drove west to work with teenagers at the Central Idaho Department of Health and Wellness. In 1974, Donna was hired by the state as the first social worker in Lewis County, Idaho.

It was during this time that Donna and her new owner, Gladys, became very good friends. Gladys convinced Donna to meet her grandson, Robert. It didn’t take long for Donna and Robert to fall in love. It was a heavenly marriage that lasted 48 years. The two were inseparable. They enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, the Virgin Islands, Alaska, Canada, and many wonderful places in the United States.

Donna’s professional career was about caring for and helping others. She spent many years as a social worker helping children before moving on to working with adults. She worked in elementary schools in the Spokane area and later in Spokane community colleges. Donna also worked with the Highland School District when they moved to Redondo, Washington when Robert was reassigned. Although dedicated to her profession, Donna’s primary goal has always been to maintain close family relationships and instill family values.

Donna loved family (Donna and Robert had three children – Alison, Meghan and Robert II), travel, her retirement home (with the swimming pool) and she loved spending time on her boat. She enjoyed entertaining, being visited by family and friends, feeding lots of people, and making friends with new people wherever she lived. Donna was an active member of the Open Door Congregational Church in Deer Park, Washington. She served on several committees and enjoyed participating in events. Donna was part of the scholarship committee that developed and implemented a youth scholarship fund.

Donna’s family would like to thank Dr. Brett Gourley and all of the wonderful nurses and caring staff at Rockwood Cancer and Blood Specialty Center, Deaconess Hospital and Deaconess Health and Education Center. All were very special to Donna.

Donna is survived by her husband Robert and three children Alison (daughter Iyla), Meghan and Robert II (Amanda), as well as siblings, Bette Lind (Jim), Don Hedin II (Michelle), Jon Hedin (Nancy) and Mary Hinich (Jim). Special nieces and nephews include Julie (husband Jeff, Joe and Tim), Melanie (husband Doug, Lydia and Isaac), Don III and Tom, Nick and Dana, Liz (Ben) and Greg, Alex (Joe) and Colton, and many cousins. Donna was predeceased by her parents Don and Bernice Hedin, and her sister Carol.

Memorial services will be held April 30, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the family home at 4737 Price Road, Clayton, WA 99110. Lunch will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Donna Syron Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Open Door Church PO Box 1509, Deer Park, WA 99006. To view and sign Donna’s online guest book, please visit

Published by Spokesman-Review on March 27, 2022.

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