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Justin Thurman Memorial
Justin Thurman Memorial

Justin Thurman

Justin Thurman

Monday, December 14th, 2020

Justin Allen Thurman, 45, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family by his side on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 after a long battle of brain cancer.

He was born on November 10, 1975 in Seattle, WA the son of Larry and Cindy (Dunlap) Thurman. He grew up in Redmond WA and Sedro-Woolley WA. He graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School.

Justin is considered by all AMAZING, as doctors confirmed. He is the one guy everybody would call for help. This guy is an all-around handyman. Justin was a simple man and lived everyday to the fullest with no complaint. Justin enjoyed being around his friends and family. He always had jokes and was always sarcastic.

Justin was always outside working on something whether it was a toy he bought without his wife knowing and coming home to or trying to fix something on the house or vehicles. On most weekends he was either fishing, hunting, riding four wheelers, racing RC cars, to paintball tournaments, watching his daughter play select soccer or watching Cody Hamilton play baseball. We as a family would take trips over to Jameson Lake to fish every year and it always made the best memories for all of us. Every year it seemed like new people always came along with us and we built new memories and stories to talk about randomly and laugh. The sand dunes were a place we went a lot as well to ride our four wheelers and same with our annual fishing trip where new people would come along every year. Mendi, his wife and Justin would take a weekend trip in the summer time to Ocean Shores to see the water and ride the electric bikes they had while cracking cold one as Justin would say it was more fun that way. As a family we would make a quick trip over to Leavenworth so we could mini golf and tube down the river and the best part was the ice cream and pizza. Extreme mountain biking is a hobby he enjoyed and got his son-in-law into and they had so much fun going and shredding it up and crashing.

An inspiration Justin is too many people. He taught so many how to fix things, hunt, fish and so on. Cody H. enjoyed him teaching him how to hunt and fish and crack a cold one when his dad Shane wasn’t around. He had taught Ryan, his son-in-law, to duck hunt and work on homes as they worked side by side for a few years. There are so many memories of him and he would want this short and sweet but we wanted people to know how much of a hardworking man he is, the best husband, father, grandpa, and friend. The most strong-willed, brave hero he is to our family and gives us a reminder to never complain and cherish what we have in front of us and not to sweat the small stuff. Being a “Thurman” was a real thing and a lot of you would know what that means. Justin is AMAZING and will forever be remembered that way.

He is survived by his loving wife Mendi Thurman; daughter, Kylie (Ryan) King; grandson, baby Justin; parents, Larry and Cindy Thurman; sister, Kellie (Kory) Butler.

In honor of Justin’s wishes  a private family service was held.  Share your memories of Justin and sign the online guest register.



  • Kellie Butler

    Dear Justin,
    I have tried to write something here so many times over the last few months and I just couldn’t find the words. I am still struggling with how to find the right words. Losing you has been the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through. I don’t know how not to be your big sister anymore.

    Every day my heart hurts knowing I won’t hear you say “hey sis” again. Every day my heart hurts for Mendi, Kylie, Mom and Dad.

    We were there for each other throughout our lives, all the good and the hard times. We laughed and joked with each other. We fought as siblings do when we were kids. We were friends. There are stories from our childhood that only I remember now. You were the first one to get to the hospital when I was there with Alex. You hugged me when I cried with fear of what was to come. You told me she would be fine. You always had a way of making things better even when they felt unbearable. I was so proud of you and in awe of your strength. We will get through this and I know someday the tears will flow less freely. You would want us all to truly live our best life and to enjoy what lies ahead. You taught us all to never take one day for granted and to never, ever give up. I miss you and I love you. Until we meet again…Kellie

  • Kylie

    My dad was my person. He was the one that fixed it all, really he could fix anything in anyway. I can’t really seem to grasp moving on without him here it seems unreal. Such a lively man that literally lived everyday to the fullest; to be gone so soon breaks me to pieces. He was so greatly admired and appreciated. I am happy to have named my son Justin after him with the same middle name as well, baby Justin Allen King. I’ll miss you always and forever dad and you’ll never leave me. I love you so much.

  • Crystal Wesolek

    Justin wasn’t just a brother-in-law to me. He was a Brother. I am sad for my sister to lose her bestfriend, but he is at peace now. Justin was always there when I needed him for what ever the situation was. I am honored to have known such a wonderful man and am proud to say that my Brother Justin will be greatly missed by so many.

  • Debbie Caldwell

    I admired Justin for his courage. He always had a smile on his face no matter the circumstance. He fought harder than anyone I know to beat the big C. and you never knew he was suffering. He was a kind Human who will be missed greatly.

  • David w Supler

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. So sorry for your loss. I pray healing over the whole family.

  • Bob and Sandy Augir

    Sandy and I both are so sad to hear of Justin’s death. We have the whole Thurman family in our prayers and thoughts during this time. I remember through the years of Larry praising his son’s fight through all the surgerys.

  • Wife Mendi

    To my husband when I lost you I lost myself too. I will take small steps so that you know I will be okay. My heart hurts but somehow I know you will help me through it. You have always helped me through everything. I want you to know you blessed my life beyond measure and our memories together are my greatest treasures. Not a second passes that I don’t miss you or you are on my mind. I loved our life together and would walk it all over again. My thoughts are always with you in life I loved you dearly and I love you still. I miss your smile, your voice, your sense of humor and mostly your hugs and your way of making everything better and I miss you. I was proud to be your wife and I would have never had our life any other way. You are the very best and I loved every minute. Love you always your wife and biggest fan. Hugs and kisses to you in Heaven.

  • Della Marie Miller

    Not enough words can be written to describe Justin and the example of what a Husband, Father, and Friend he was. You could see the twinkle in his eyes when when he was about to say something Smart A**… he would get a smirk on his face. Kylie get’s that same smirk. May the love of Family and Friends surround Mendi, Kylie, Ryan, Justin’s Parent’s, and all who loved him and were touch by him.
    He will be missed, much love to the whole Family.

  • Kendra Monahan

    I love you all so so much! Miss the mornings when I was trying to sleep in and Justin and Larry were already working on stuff in the shop at 7am!!! Kendra Peterson

  • James wise

    He was a very good friend. It’s hard that he is not with us and will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

  • Teddie Hovanec

    To one of the best men, he was always someone I admired and adored. I sure will miss him and the sarcastic banter we’d throw at each other. Much love

  • Theresa

    My sweet Son in law Justin was my go to guy when I had question regarding home projects . He was a hard working man and was a great husband to my daughter and father to Kylie. His life story is remarkable as he battled brain cancer like-the warrior he was, he will forever be my hero and his legacy will live on. I will miss this man so much. Mendi and Kylie we love you prayers for Gods grace and comfort to all the family. Cindy, Larry, and Kelly and other members of the family we lift you up in prayer.

  • Bruce & Debbie Emerson

    Our hearts go out to my daughter Mendi, and her daughter Kylie, for there loss. Also to Justin’s Mom & Dad, Cindy & Larry, and Justin’s sister Kelly. Justin will never be forgotten in this house hold and will always be dear to our hearts. With all of our love, Bruce & Debbie

  • Shawn Jackson

    Mendi I am so sorry for your loss of Justin. As well as his parents, sister and extended family. Justin was a blessing to everyone. Being his 2nd cousin I hadn’t seen him in a long time. Prayers for you and family.

  • Deana and Rodney Cook

    Amazing is an under statement in describing Justin! His love for life, family, and friends was so remarkable! He truly left his mark on all of us! He WILL be missed!! My thoughts and prayers of peace and comfort are with you all!!

  • Deb Houben

    Mendi, I am so sorry for your loss. I never got to meet Justin, but his presence was a big one for I heard many good things about him….I will keep you and your family in my prayers.