Donald George Furu, 88, a longtime Harborite, passed away on Friday, September 20, 2013, in Hoquiam, Washington. He was born on April 26, 1925, in Wallace, Idaho to Sigurd O. and Myrtle (Endresen) Furu. Don was extremely proud of being the grandson of Captain Chris Endresen who owned Endresen Spar and Timber.
Don’s parents moved to Quinault and there he received his early schooling. He was raised in logging camps and spent summers at the Enchanted Valley where his parents operated the lodging facilities.
About 1936 his family moved into Hoquiam. He graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1943 and entered the Army Air Corps.
On June 25, 1949, Donald G. Furu was married to Norma E. Parpala in the Aberdeen Presbyterian Church.
He graduated from Grays Harbor College and was a member of their 1949 Choker Football Team that was inducted into their Hall of Fame.
During his life he worked as a lumber supply salesman for Stouffer Lumber and Bayview Lumber.
He was a pitcher for the Grays Harbor Industrial West Coast Baseball Team. He was active with the Sunshine Kids. Don was one of the founding fathers of the Grizzly Alumni Association. Lake Quinault always held a special place in his heart.
Don enjoyed traveling, going twice to Norway to visit relatives. He was a longtime patron of Lana’s Hanger Café at Bowerman Airport where he shared coffee and stories with his numerous friends. He had been a member of the Hoquiam Elks Lodge #1082 and the Sons of Norway.
Don is survived by his wife, Norma Furu of the Hoquiam family home; his daughter, Majel Boudia (Guy) of Tumwater; his sons, Donald N. Furu of Hoquiam, Dennis W. Furu of Tumwater, Kenneth L. Furu of Aberdeen and; four grandchildren, Matthew Boudia, Lauren Furu, Conner Furu and Zachary Furu as well as a large extended family.
The family suggests donations be sent to the Lake Quinault Museum, PO Box 35, Quinault, Washington 98575.
Interment will be held at the Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2:30 p.m., on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at the Hoquiam Elks Lodge, 624 K Street.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the online register at www.colemanmortuary.net.