Donald M. Majors


Preferred Name: Don

Nickname/Call Sign: 

Date of Birth: February 27, 1936 (July 30, 2018)

Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel

Hometown: Kelso, WA

Biography

Don Majors was born on February 27, 1936, to Elmer and Lavelle Majors, born in Kelso, WA. After graduating from the University of Washington he went into US Air Force pilot training. During his 30 year career, he flew F-100s, F-4s, A-10s and his beloved F-105 where he flew over 100 missions in North Vietnam and received the Silver Star, multiple Distinguished Flying Cross Awards, and Air Medals.
His first Air Force assignment was in Itasuke AB, Japan where he met and married his wife, Marcia Royce Majors. They were together for 56 years and had 3 sons; James, Roderick, and Matthew. They eventually had 4 grandchildren as well.
He felt fortunate to serve his country for almost 30 years and enjoyed having overseas tours in Japan, Spain, Germany, and England. Among his favorite jobs was Commander of the 12th Tactical Fighter Squadron in Okinawa, Japan and later Director of Operations for 3rd Air Force at RAF Mildenhall and Base Commander of RAF Chicksands where he retired in 1987.
After the Air Force, he flew business jets for Gulf Stream as a demo pilot. He had a most memorable 4-month position in India where he trained 3 Indian pilots for Grasim Industries LCD.
During the last 19 years, he lived in Bend after spending the previous 10 years vacationing here to ski. All sons, wives, partners, and grandkids frequented the “Majors Resort” where 3 generations skied together and enjoyed the central Oregon outdoor activities.

Units Assigned

1960 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron/8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Itazuke AB, Japan (F-100)

Awards & Decorations

 Silver Star
 Distinguished Flying Cross Awards
 Air Medals

Flight Info

F-100
F-4
A-10
F-105
100 missions over Vietnam

Military Education

Civilian Education

University of Washington

Colonel Donald M. Majors – Headed West
SSS member Colonel Donald M Majors, USAF, (Ret) headed west on July 30, 2018, with his loving wife Marcia by his side. He was born on February 27, 1936, to Elmer and Lavelle Majors, born in Kelso, WA. After graduating from the University of Washington he went into US Air Force pilot training. During his 30 year career, he flew F-100s, F-4s, A-10s and his beloved F-105 where he flew over 100 missions in North Vietnam and received the Silver Star, multiple Distinguished Flying Cross Awards, and Air Medals.
His first Air Force assignment was in Itasuke AB, Japan where he met and married his wife, Marcia Royce Majors, for 56 years. He is also survived by 3 sons James (wife Karen) of Andover, Minnesota; Roderick (wife Kimberly) of Lake Stevens, WA;Matthew (partner Max) of Portland, OR; 4 grandchildren Mick, Michelle, Jake, and Josh; his brother Al (wife Joanne); and many cousins.
He felt fortunate to serve his country for almost 30 years and enjoyed having overseas tours in Japan, Spain, Germany, and England. Among his favorite jobs was Commander of the 12th Tactical Fighter Squadron in Okinawa, Japan and later Director of Operations for 3rd Air Force at RAF Mildenhall and Base Commander of RAF Chicksands where he retired in 1987.
After the Air Force, he flew business jets for Gulf Stream as a demo pilot. He had a most memorable 4-month position in India where he trained 3 Indian pilots for Grasim Industries LCD.
During the last 19 years, he lived in Bend after spending the previous 10 years vacationing here to ski. All sons, wives, partners, and grandkids frequented the “Majors Resort” where 3 generations skied together and enjoyed the central Oregon outdoor activities.

Biography

Biography

Don Majors was born on February 27, 1936, to Elmer and Lavelle Majors, born in Kelso, WA. After graduating from the University of Washington he went into US Air Force pilot training. During his 30 year career, he flew F-100s, F-4s, A-10s and his beloved F-105 where he flew over 100 missions in North Vietnam and received the Silver Star, multiple Distinguished Flying Cross Awards, and Air Medals.
His first Air Force assignment was in Itasuke AB, Japan where he met and married his wife, Marcia Royce Majors. They were together for 56 years and had 3 sons; James, Roderick, and Matthew. They eventually had 4 grandchildren as well.
He felt fortunate to serve his country for almost 30 years and enjoyed having overseas tours in Japan, Spain, Germany, and England. Among his favorite jobs was Commander of the 12th Tactical Fighter Squadron in Okinawa, Japan and later Director of Operations for 3rd Air Force at RAF Mildenhall and Base Commander of RAF Chicksands where he retired in 1987.
After the Air Force, he flew business jets for Gulf Stream as a demo pilot. He had a most memorable 4-month position in India where he trained 3 Indian pilots for Grasim Industries LCD.
During the last 19 years, he lived in Bend after spending the previous 10 years vacationing here to ski. All sons, wives, partners, and grandkids frequented the “Majors Resort” where 3 generations skied together and enjoyed the central Oregon outdoor activities.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

1960 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron/8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Itazuke AB, Japan (F-100)

Awards & Decorations

 Silver Star
 Distinguished Flying Cross Awards
 Air Medals

Flight Info

F-100
F-4
A-10
F-105
100 missions over Vietnam

Military Education

Civilian Education

University of Washington

Photos
Headed West

Colonel Donald M. Majors – Headed West
SSS member Colonel Donald M Majors, USAF, (Ret) headed west on July 30, 2018, with his loving wife Marcia by his side. He was born on February 27, 1936, to Elmer and Lavelle Majors, born in Kelso, WA. After graduating from the University of Washington he went into US Air Force pilot training. During his 30 year career, he flew F-100s, F-4s, A-10s and his beloved F-105 where he flew over 100 missions in North Vietnam and received the Silver Star, multiple Distinguished Flying Cross Awards, and Air Medals.
His first Air Force assignment was in Itasuke AB, Japan where he met and married his wife, Marcia Royce Majors, for 56 years. He is also survived by 3 sons James (wife Karen) of Andover, Minnesota; Roderick (wife Kimberly) of Lake Stevens, WA;Matthew (partner Max) of Portland, OR; 4 grandchildren Mick, Michelle, Jake, and Josh; his brother Al (wife Joanne); and many cousins.
He felt fortunate to serve his country for almost 30 years and enjoyed having overseas tours in Japan, Spain, Germany, and England. Among his favorite jobs was Commander of the 12th Tactical Fighter Squadron in Okinawa, Japan and later Director of Operations for 3rd Air Force at RAF Mildenhall and Base Commander of RAF Chicksands where he retired in 1987.
After the Air Force, he flew business jets for Gulf Stream as a demo pilot. He had a most memorable 4-month position in India where he trained 3 Indian pilots for Grasim Industries LCD.
During the last 19 years, he lived in Bend after spending the previous 10 years vacationing here to ski. All sons, wives, partners, and grandkids frequented the “Majors Resort” where 3 generations skied together and enjoyed the central Oregon outdoor activities.

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