Donald Loren Stewart

Donald Loren Stewart

Donald Loren Stewart, 92, passed peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 20, 2016, at his home in Greenbank.

Don was born in Minneapolis, Minn. on June 23, 1924. As a child and teen he loved working on his family dairy farm and playing sports.

After high school, Don served in World War II as a U.S. Navy pilot. After the war, he met wife Dorothy Schultz at the University of Minnesota where he earned an engineering degree. He began his career as an aeronautical engineer but was recalled into service for the Korean War in 1950, stationed on Whidbey Island. He restarted his career at Northwest Airlines in Minneapolis. He then worked 27 years as a customer engineer at Boeing while raising six children in Kirkland. Whidbey Island was always a favorite place so Don and Dorothy built their retirement home in Greenbank.

Don was an avid outdoorsman and loved to take his family camping, hunting, skiing and boating. Community service was important to him and he served as a city councilman in Kirkland and as a port commissioner in Coupeville, and was also involved in Catholic Church parish activities. Everybody who met Don loved him for his kind and generous nature.

He leaves his wife Dorothy; his children Barbara, Mary, Lori, Doug and Bruce; and a large loving family. His daughter Dana preceded him in death.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at St. Hubert Church, in Langley.