Don was born February 6, 1928, in Elma, Wash., and passed away peacefully January 24, 2014, at age 85. He was a 1946 graduate of Elma High School, a 1952 graduate of Central Washington College of Education (now Central Washington University) and a Navy veteran.
Don was a 50-year member of the Professional Golfers’ Association and worked at Whidbey Golf Club in Oak Harbor, Puetz Golf Range in Seattle and Earlington Golf Course in Renton. He was known as an excellent teacher of golf. Don’s tournament victories included the 1970 Washington State PGA Match Play Championship and the 1980 Pacific Northwest Senior PGA Championship.
Don was living in Everett at the time of his death.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Deloris; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Richard Olafson of Spokane; a son and daughter-in-law, Don Kirkpatrick II and Cheryl Markham of Seattle; a sister and brother-in-law, Muriel and Garnet (Swede) Drury of Kent; a brother-in-law, Allen Caudill of Kendall Park, N.J.; and nephews, a niece, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Kay Sanderson.
A celebration of Don’s life will begin at 10:15 a.m. Monday, February 3, 2014, at Nile Shrine Golf Center, Mountlake Terrace, just west of I-5 at Exit 177 (in the Gold Room). Remembrances may be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, www.theaftd.org, or The First Tee of Greater Seattle, www.thefirstteeseattle.org.