Douglas C. Lundgren, longtime resident of Samish Island, died March 3, 2021 at Skagit Valley Hospital of heart complications. The son of Clarence W. and Ada Pearl Lundgren, Doug was born on February 16, 1937 in Aberdeen, WA.
He attended school in Aberdeen, graduating from Weatherwax High School in 1955. He attended Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen for two years earning an AA degree. Doug then attended the University of Washington, where he majored in History and Secondary Education. He took time off from his academic pursuits, driving truck for Railway Express Agency in Seattle, and, as he liked to say, playing golf and having other fun. After two years in the workforce, Doug decided to move to Bellingham in the fall of 1962 for completion of his college work at Western Washington University. That fall, he met Laurie, the love of his life, on a blind date for Homecoming. Their first date was at the old Bellingham Yacht Club, now a waterfront building in LaConner, the longtime home of the Lighthouse Restaurant and Palmer’s Restaurant. Doug earned a BA in Education from Western and started teaching and coaching at Nooksack Valley High school in 1963. In 1964, he married Laurie Lindsay from Anchorage, Alaska (previously a 17 year resident of Bellingham). They lived in Bellingham and then Everson for two years, gaining lifetime friends. In 1967, Doug moved to Sedro-Woolley High School, where he taught Social Studies until his retirement in 1992. Along the way, Doug earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary Curriculum Consulting in 1968 at Western and did additional postgraduate work at the University of Oregon. While at Sedro-Woolley High School, he served as Social Studies Department Chairman for twenty-three years while teaching the spectrum of Social Studies courses, coaching cross-country, basketball, and track, taking the 1970 track team to a sixth place trophy in the State Track Meet in Pullman. He often said how much he enjoyed working with ‘the kids’ (some now retired) outside of the classroom as well as inside. Outside of work, and after retirement, Doug enjoyed boating, fishing, crabbing, gardening, and maintaining and improving their home. Other special interests included volunteer work, doing an occasional good thing for others, travel, genealogy, dining with friends, listening to a wide variety of music, reading, and maintaining an interest as a lifelong learner and observer of the human condition past and present. He so enjoyed his Samish Island Community. What a special place to live.
He is survived by his wife, Laurie of Samish Island; his sister, Edrie Harrington of Lacey, WA. Doug is also survived by nephews, Gordon Harrington of Everett, WA and Corkey (Pam) Lundgren of Logan, Utah, Kent (Adrian) Lundgren of Smithfield, UT, Michael Lundgren of Albuquerque, NM; nieces, Wendy (Kieran) Curtiss of Sierra Vista, AZ and Robyn Cunningham of Albuquerque, NM; Aunt, Margaret Lundgren of Aberdeen, WA and more than twenty first cousins and families of all the aforementioned. In addition, Doug is survived by very special “next generation leaders,” Godson Harlan Jeffrey Jackson of Vancouver, WA and Mindy Anne Johnson of Kirkland, WA.
His parents, Clarence W. and Ada Lundgren, both lifetime residents of Aberdeen, preceded him in death as did his brother, David; brother-in-law, Tommy Harrington and niece, Sue Ann Harrington.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be sent in honor of Doug to:
Samish Island Fire Fighters Association
10367 Halloran Road
Bow, WA 98232
Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation
Cardiac Care Fund
P.O. Box 1376
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
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