Graveside inurnment was held Monday, Jan. 23, for one of Lindsay's long time orange ranchers who passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006. Don Dickenson was born in Anaheim, Calif. on Oct. 16, 1919. Anaheim had been his home during his early years of school and young adulthood. Don married his high school sweetheart, Louise A. Benson, also from Anaheim, in 1940 and worked in ranch management until he entered the Army in 1943. There he became good friends with a fellow, with his dog tags one number next to his, and another buddy. The three of them have been able to continue their friendship over the last 60 years, enjoying hunting together and frequent visits.

Don continued in ranch management after serving his country, until he and his dad, Ralph Dickenson, founded Pent-A-Vate. Eventually the business and family moved to Lindsay in 1960. Here, Don worked at Pent-A-Vate in addition to taking care of his own orange groves. Don was somewhat of a landmark since one of his groves lined Highway 65 at the bend of the road. It seemed everyone in town would recognize his truck and give a friendly wave. Don loved working and loved his orange groves. Bob's Drive In was his second hang-out. You could find him and his buddies flipping a coin to see who was going to buy the next round of coffee.

Don and Louise are surrounded by their three daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Donna McDonald and her husband Don of Visalia; Terrie Wattenbarger and her husband Mike, of Bakersfield; Donise Newkirk and her husband Paul of Lindsay, as well as 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Don's hobbies included riding his motorcycle with Louise and the Tulare County Family Travelers, where they enjoyed weekend get-a-ways with other bikers and occasionally a long trip. Bowling was one sport Don carried with him from Anaheim. You could find the Dickenson name on the rosters at the Porterville Lanes on both Monday and Friday nights. They would even drive up to Porterville while still living in Anaheim, just to bowl on league, only to turn around again on Sunday and return home. Don was a great bowler, even winning a trip for two to Washington, D.C.

He really kept busy. Water skiing and dance lessons with neighbors, grove work, beach trips for volleyball and horse shoes, grove work, enjoying friends and… &#8220grove work”…he loved it all. You definitely made a mark and we're so glad you did….See ya later alligator!

Arrangements under the direction of Webb-Sanders Funeral Home, Lindsay.

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