Douglas William Helgeson

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  • Friday, October 25, 2013 12:00am
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Douglas William Helgeson

Douglas William Helgeson

Doug Helgeson, 70, of Vashon, passed away on October 11, 2013.

Doug was born to the late Mel and Harriette Helgeson on March 14, 1943 in Kent. He graduated from Kent-Meridian High School in 1961, earned a BA in Education from Western Washington University in 1966 and later completed a master degree in Educational Administration from Central Washington University in 1990.

Doug worked as a teacher, coach, and administrator in the Kent School District for 26 years; with 24 of those years being served Kentridge High School. He was the Principal of Shelby High School, in Shelby, MT for nine years and completed the last eight years of his career as a teacher/administrator at the International School of Bangkok in Thailand.

Doug was an active member of the Vashon Lutheran Church, a beloved family man, and always wanted what was best for people; especially children.

Doug is survived by his wife, Dinah Helgeson, his son, Tim Helgeson and wife Corrine Helgeson of Kent, daughter, Teri Coombs and husband Jack Coombs of San Francisco, and daughter, Heidi Dowling and husband David Dowling of Duvall. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Riley Helgeson, Trey Helgeson, and Avery Dowling, two brothers, Jerry Helgeson and wife, Ardith Helgeson and Lanny Helgeson and wife Kathy Helgeson, mother-in-law Laila Lindberg, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2nd at the Family of Grace Lutheran Church in Auburn, Washington.

In lieu of flowers the family is suggesting donations be made to: “After The Wave” – a foundation that helps educate orphaned, young Thai children, who were affected by the 2004 Tsunami in SE Asia, Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, Toole County Education Fund, or a charity of your choice.

Please visit an online guest book at www.islandfuneral.com




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