Douglas Allen Hudson passed away from aspirational pneumonia and complications related to diabetes and dementia. He was with his daughter Ariel when he passed peacefully, late on Christmas Eve, 12/24/23.
Doug received the greatest gift of all; he was welcomed into and awoke in the kingdom of heaven on Christmas morning.
Doug was born October 8th, 1949 in Columbus, Montana. He was proud of his humble Montana roots and throughout his life he was most at home hunting, fishing, hiking and spending time in the wilderness. He was a rugged individual who carried himself with a gentle leadership and an easy laugh, his humor was quick and light which he inherited largely from his own father, Frosty who was known for what Doug called his Frostyisms. He met his wife, Dorothy (Dotty) when he was a senior in high school; they built a family and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2022.
After high school, Doug joined the Navy and volunteered to serve in Vietnam. He learned Vietnamese and scuba diving and completed two tours in Vietnam. He was decorated with several medals. At a dangerous time, Doug put his life and health on the line to serve his country, something he would repeatedly do throughout his life. After his service, he returned to Montana with Dorothy and they were married and started their family. Doug worked at Scheels Hardware in Billings. He was a volunteer firefighter, part of search and rescue teams, and worked for the police department in Absarokee, MT.
Doug, Dotty and their four children (Eli, Tali, Ariel, Vania) moved to West Seattle in the late 80’s. Doug continued his career at the Burien Fire Department, where he started as a firefighter and retired as Battalion Chief. Doug was a Jack-of-all trades who also worked as a private investigator with Pinkerton and in the construction field in addition to working with Brian Klemmer and associates as a life coach and mentor. Doug would take people on- in body, soul, mind and spirit; he would seek to heal and guide them.
He was always available to do God’s work in his life and the lives of countless people. He loved mentoring and helping people throughout his life and dedicated his life to others. One of these honored him with this tribute written in the style he would use: “A boy child entered the world in the usual way, in Montana’s Absarokies back in a time that we now know as the baby boom. This boy would grow to be a mountain of a man, one who dedicated his life to the service of others. He was called Doug, and his currency was blessing; he was hungry for the things of God. He was curious and full of honor, wise, quick humored, at once tender and mighty, on earth - and in the kingdom.”
Doug and Dotty spent 3 years in Portal, GA where they were a part of a deliverance team at Bear Camp Ranch. During this time, Doug traveled to Afghanistan as a military contractor working in hazardous conditions and supporting our troops. After returning to WA, he and Dotty settled in Roy. In his retirement, Doug continued to teach and coach. He held a chaplaincy at the JBLM prison ministry. He loved his family and friends and would help anyone in need. His passions included hunting, fishing and hiking at Mount Rainier National Park with a close group of hiking buddies. He remained an adventurous spirit and continued these activities until the year he passed.
He is survived by his wife, Dotty, sister Roberta Brooks, brother Slim Pederson, son Eli Hudson, daughters Tali Hudson, Ariel Kendrick, Vania Whitten, Elleyona Hudson and grandchildren Alaysia, Josiah, Elleyona, Noah, Lukas, Makenzie, Ozwald, Raeleigh and John Alexander. A memorial will be held in Lakewood, WA at Edwards Memorial on Feb 14th, 2024 from 1-5 pm. RSVP