Douglas Mason Thaut passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born September 25, 1946, in Odessa, Wash., to Fred and Helen (Lobe) Thaut. In 1960, his family moved to Snohomish where he grew up and graduated from Snohomish High School in 1964. Doug enlisted in the US Army in 1966; he went to Officer Candidate School and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and then served as a Captain in the Vietnam War.
Doug had worked for Cycle Barn in Lynwood, Wash., and Wheel Sport when he lived in Kansas City. Doug started with the Department of Corrections in Monroe and moved to Yakima to help open a new correctional facility. It was there that he met and then married Linda Hafsos-Sinnes August 21, 1999. They then moved to Ocean Shores in September where he helped in opening Stafford Creek Correctional Center. Doug retired September 24, 2011, as a Lieutenant. He had worked for the Department of Corrections for 22 years.
Doug loved life and his family and friends, traveling, parties and also his fishing trips with the guys which had become a highlight in his life known as 3 Pole! He was a member of the Ocean Shores Elks and Eagles and also the Brotherhood of Dak To Defenders May/June 1969 299th Engineers. He was also lots of fun as “Salty Dog” of the Ocean Shores Pirates. He enjoyed his many trips back and forth to work with Clint and sharing Rock and Roll Trivia which was forever with him.
Doug is survived by his loving wife Linda; daughter, Lynn Thaut (Josh Fletcher) and grandson, Mason Riley Fletcher; four brothers, Randy (Becky) and Russ (Claudia) both of Snohomish, Dennis (Cheri) of Stanwood, Joel (Heidi) Thaut of Arizona; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
He will be placed in the Columbarium Wall at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent at 1 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2014. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014, at the Ocean Shores Convention Center located at 120 W. Chance A La Mer NW in Ocean Shores.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. To sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com . Arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.