Donald C. Dahlgren: Feb. 16, 1936 – Dec. 16, 2018



Donald Charles Dahlgren, a longtime member of the South Whidbey community, passed away peacefully on Dec. 16, 2018, at age 82 surrounded by his family, sporting his favorite beret and signature bow tie, with Ella and Louis playing in the background.

Don remained active and vital, dying from complications following a cardiac arrest while playing tennis. Rumor has it, he was ahead.

Don enjoyed spending time with his family at their summer home on Whidbey Island where he taught his kids and grandkids to water ski, dig for cockles and set the crab trap.

Summer boating and camping trips in the Reinell to the San Juan Islands will be fondly remembered. His zest for life drew friends to him. Their expressions of love and support are greatly appreciated and will be treasured. He greeted all with a warm smile, taking the time to get to know everyone who crossed his path, making each feel a part of his circle. Known as a gentle man, with a gracious and caring manner, Don had a steadfast devotion to his family and friends. He was genuine, soft-spoken and always the consummate gentleman, with a dashing style. He had a long life, fully lived, fully loved, and he will be deeply missed.

A celebration of Donald’s life will be held later this spring. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in Don’s memory to one of the following: The Burke Museum or The Orca Network.

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