DONNIE RAY LACEFIELD, 71, a retired International Vice President for the Western States Section, passed away Sept. 26, 2011, in Flagstaff, Ariz. He is survived by his wife, Betty.
Lacefield began his Boilermaker career in 1963 as an apprentice in Denver Local 101. In 1967, he became the first apprentice to graduate from the Missouri Valley agreement’s apprentice program. He was appointed assistant business manager and dispatcher for the lodge in 1970 and was elected business manager/secretary-treasurer two years later.
After serving two terms as business manager, Lacefield was appointed to the International staff, in November 1975, as a representative for the Construction Department (now Construction Division) and the National Tank Maintenance Department (now National Transient Division).
Lacefield began working exclusively for the Construction Division in 1977. While an International representative for the Rocky Mountain states and Pacific Coast, he handled numerous special assignments as a hearing officer. In 1996, Intl. President C.W. Jones appointed him assistant to the International president.
On Jan. 15, 2000, Lacefield was elected International Vice President, Western States, a position he held until his retirement on June 30, 2003.
Services are scheduled Tues., Oct. 4, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Church of the San Juans, 295 N. Lena Street, Ridgway, Col., 81432, followed by a private burial. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Salvation Army, or United Church of the San Juans.