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08-29-2015, 07:39 PM
It is with sadness that I report that Don passed away this past Thursday after being diagnosed with cancer 2 weeks ago. Don was an avid cat restorer and collector as well as antique trucks and autos. Many of Don's Antique machines went as far as the east coast and Australia after his auction.Don also served as a director of ACMOC. Despite Don's serious handicap from a sever burn accident his personality and humor overshadowed his appearance. Don was always upbeat and fun to be around even though we differed on political issues which made for good debates. I will miss him.

Tom Madden
08-29-2015, 07:55 PM
Thanks for the sad news Russell. Don endured severe hardship as a result of his burns but was as chipper as a guy could be. He will be missed.

I am fortunate to buy Don's favorite tractor his "Milton French" Holt 75. I think of Don each time I walk by it or operate it. Thanks for the opportunity Don our friend.

08-29-2015, 09:07 PM
Hey Gang,

I am so saddened by this news. Don was a Class Act Guy. He had a big heart. He was very helpful to me. I met him at his auction many years ago. We became friends. I will say many prayers for Don and his family. Good bye my friend, until we meet in the other life.

Mike Meyer
08-29-2015, 09:42 PM
That is sad news, I never met Don but a few years ago bought some Zenith carbs from him for my 2 Tons and we chatted on the phone and via email quite a lot and I found him a real gentleman to deal with, at the time he mentioned he was one of the founding members of ACMOC so we have indeed lost a real friend.



08-29-2015, 11:49 PM
Don was a class act. We last talked at Bill Santos' funeral, and he talked about all the pranks he and Bill used to play on each other. They were quite the team. I'm really going to miss him.

08-30-2015, 12:18 AM
Don was a great guy! He always had time to talk shop. I was introduced to him by Bill Santos. Bill told us that if we had time to spare on one of our visits to get Cat parts, that he would take us up the road to his friend Don's place. Boy, did Don have some collection! Don took us in his "friends' circle" from that point foward and we had many great conversations with him over the years. He was a great contributor to and promoter of ACMOC as a member and director. Thanks for all your guidance Don!
Ray Valorosi

Deas Plant.
08-30-2015, 12:29 AM
Hi, Folks.
I send my condolences to Don's family and friends. I only met Don the one time, at BSOT, 2008, but we did exchange e-mails a couple of times and he was always a goldmine of information and encouragement.

R.I.P., Don.

08-30-2015, 08:22 AM
I often think of Don when i am around his machines in Carthage. I never met him but his work spoke greatly of him.

His family will be in our thoughts and prayers for the days ahead.

08-30-2015, 09:39 AM
My condolences to Don's family and friends. His service to the club and to the hobby speak volumes of his character.

Garlic Pete
08-31-2015, 12:36 PM
Our thoughts and prayers will be with Don's family. He did a lot for the hobby and for the Club. I only met him a few times, but I always enjoyed him and, as we can see here, he and his work touched many lives.


09-16-2015, 01:00 PM

Donald Roger Dougherty Jr., a longtime resident of Colfax, passed away at his home on Aug. 27, 2015, after a brief battle with cancer. Donald was 66.

Don graduated Colfax High School and went on to serve in the Air Force for 10 1/2 years. He worked as a water and wastewater engineer and quality control inspector for Minuteman missile sites.

Later he was an instructor in a division of the Air Force School of Civil Engineering. Back in civilian life, Don worked as maintenance supervisor for the City of Roseville, provided contract services for DMJM Engineering and Psomas & Associates before serving as the director of public works for the city of Grass Valley during the late 1980s.

In 1990, Don was involved in an accident in which he suffered serious burns over much of his body. His miraculous survival was due to his strong will, determination and larger-than-life personality. After his accident, he proudly stated that he was “Still Tickin” (Stl Tikn), the name he later used for his hobby business restoring antique tractors, trucks and engines.

Don was quite the expert on these old machines and loved to share his knowledge and passion for them with others.

Don will be remembered for his storytelling, big heart, and boisterous laugh.

He is survived by his wife Patty; his daughter Wendy Mason (Scott, granddaughter Zayla) of Ellensburg, Washington; his stepson Matt Maynard (Amanda, granddaughters Lauren and Alexa) of Weimar; and many friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Donald Sr. and Adeline (Addie) Dougherty; and his son Roger Dougherty.

Services will take place at Sierra Vista Community Center in Colfax at 1 p.m. on Oct. 18 Please bring a side dish or dessert and a good story about Don to share.

09-16-2015, 07:15 PM
Losing a great member of ACMOC like Don is never easy. I remember the first time I met him in Grass Valley in 1993. He was driving around his Model T (?) I believe that had tractor wheels in the back. I was drawn to it and went to talk to him. He was just as nice as could be, and we had quite a few good conversations at shows over the years since then. He was a wonderful man who, like many have said already, always had a great sense of humor and always took the time to talk with those who wanted to talk. He built an amazing collection over the years, and he was not afraid to show it off to anyone that cared. Now since the sale a few years ago his legacy is able to live on in all of the pieces that found their way around the world. Rest easy Don, and thank you for all you have done for this great hobby.

-Shawn Stover

09-16-2015, 07:32 PM
Don was a great guy. Offered to help me when I was seeking assistance on my Yuba when I was collecting. Brought me into his house, shared information on his tractors, shared his life experiences with me. Good guy.

Tom Madden
09-16-2015, 09:03 PM
Good to see you up here Greg.