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Douglas C Lundgren Memorial
Douglas C Lundgren Memorial

Douglas C Lundgren

Douglas C Lundgren

Friday, March 5th, 2021

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

Please share your memories of Doug and sign the online guest register.


  • Jim Lundgren

    I’m sorry for the loss of Doug. He great to talk to when we saw each other. Gave me some advice on my smoke salmon. I think he had a lot of Clarence in him. Yes, He will be missed.

  • Michael Erie

    Laurie, so sorry to learn of the passing of Douglas. He was a wonderful man . You have my most heartfelt sympathy. I feel privileged to know you both.
    Please accept my condolences on your loss.
    Michael Erie

  • Tina Rexroth

    Good man, great teacher, soft spoken, caring, wonderful human being. SWHS was lucky to have Mr. Lundgren on their staff and as a teacher to their students. He not only taught in the classroom, but also outside the classroom, about real life. Rest in Peace Good Man. I raise a glass and a toast in your honor. Please tell Mr. Edelman “Hello”.
    Mrs. Laurie Lundgren, I send you my deepest condolences, prayers and much love.
    Sincerely, Tina Schulze Rexroth

  • Whitney Meissner

    Many fond memories of senior social studies with Mr. Lundgren. My friends and I kind of chose our own path and did an “international dating game”, a video set in the fields of Russia (I don’t remember much other than filming in a field and taking our mini-van out during school), and some kind of puppet show. Thank you for letting us take the lead.

    Laurie – thank you for being my 2nd grade teacher. Thinking of you as you transition to this new chapter. Love, hugs, and memories,

    Whitney (McCann) Meissner

  • Claudia Marlow

    Mr. Lundgren was one of the best teachers Sedro-Woolley ever had. He was always smiling, and was so very nice. RIP Sir.

  • Robyn Cunningham

    Uncle Doug you will be greatly missed. I always enjoyed our conversations and your insight. I never minded you correcting my grammar and still say I am well rather than good, as I used to. You loved sharing the things you learned in life and was always up to a challenge. Much love to you Uncle Doug. Be in peace.

  • Cherry and Terry Jarvis

    Such a great, fun person! We so joyed both Laurie and Doug! He had a wonderful smile – he will be missed…

  • Christy L Stevenson

    So sorry Laurie. Doug will be greatly missed. Chris former Dr. Nash front office