Don K. Hodgins, 86, a former Skagit Valley resident, passed away at his home in SeaTac, WA on January 29, 2019.
Don was born on June 9, 1932 in Franklin, NC, the eldest son of Fred & Ethel Hodgins. In 1937 the family moved to Lyman where Don was raised and attended grade school. He graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School with the class of 1950.
In 1951 he enlisted into the U.S. Navy serving with the Pacific Fleet in San Diego, CA transferring to Newport, RI to attend the U.S. School of Military Justice. After his military training he was assigned as a Legal Yeoman for the FAU.
After his discharge in 1955 he moved to Los Angeles, CA where he furthered his executive secretary skills at Woodbury Business College. He worked with the Ohio Oil Company as an executive secretary for five years before moving to Seattle where he was employed by the Northern Pacific Railway Company as Executive Secretary to the Division Superintendent, eventually being promoted to Office Manager. He retired from the Railroad in 1987, and went to work for AAA-Washington, retiring a second time in 1994.
Don was a voracious reader, enjoyed good food, loved classical music and devoted voluntary time and support for Seattle Operas.
Don is survived by his brother, Dewey Hodgins of Black Diamond, WA; sisters, Evelyn Buchanan and husband Richard of Sedro-Woolley and Linda Parker of Sedro-Woolley along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded by his parents, Fred & Ethel; brothers, Hoke & Bob, and brother-in-law, James Parker.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Lyman Cemetery with Pastor Billy Farrar officiating. Services are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.