Nick James Docsanes, a longtime resident of Hoquiam passed away on June 26, 2013, at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, Washington, surrounded by his family. He was 70 years old.
Nick was born on July 27, 1942, to James and Grace Docsanes in Aberdeen, Wash. He grew up in Aberdeen and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1961. Nick met Pamela Totten in 1963 and they were married in 1965. They spent 48 years together.
In 1966, Nick was drafted and sent to Vietnam, leaving behind his wife and newborn son. Nick returned home safely in 1967 and returned to work at Hoquiam Plywood. He was a shareholder and put in over 40 years for Hoquiam Plywood.
After retirement Nick and his wife moved to Centralia, Wash. He felt that the weather was nicer and that it would be easier to attend all of the car shows and swap meets, especially the Portland Swap Meet, that he loved to attend. He was a classic car enthusiast and he rarely missed attending car shows and swap meets. He loved working on his classic cars and always kept them spotless. Nick had bought a 1966 GMC pickup and had been working on it for the last two years. It recently had just been painted and he was crushed when he was hospitalized because he was dreaming of one last ride in his truck. Together, the family worked hard to have the truck ready for the Push Rods Car Show in Hoquiam the Saturday after his passing. His daughter, Tena, drove the truck to the show and the family that attended wore shirts with a picture of Nick and his truck and read “In Memory of Nick Docsanes, Cruisin’ the Clouds”.
Nick enjoyed being around family and friends. He loved to have parties at the house and would invite family and friends. He enjoyed cooking the hot dogs and hamburgers and visiting with everyone. He would take pride in saying that it was to celebrate his birthday! He made many new friends in Centralia by going to breakfast. He looked forward to and enjoyed swapping stories, talking and laughing with all of them over breakfast and coffee.
Nick is survived by his wife, Pamela, of the family home; a son, James (Jim) Docsanes and Kristi Christian; a daughter, Tena Nickle and Randy; 7 grandchildren, Veronica Nickle and Brett Hatch, Vance and Vaughn Nickle, Neal Docsanes and Chanoa Haynes, Kinlsee, Kasen and Kessa Docsanes; two sisters, Mary Erickson and Kathy Jacobson and Steve; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Nick is also survived by his most loyal friend, his dog Buddy, who he rescued. He loved all of them with all his heart. Nick’s parents and brother-in-law, Bob Erikson preceded him in death.
There will be a funeral at Newell-Hoerlings Mortuary, 205 W Pine St. in Centralia, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013, followed by a graveside service at Claquato Sunset Memorial Gardens, 142 Stearns Rd. in Chehalis. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life that will take place in downtown Centralia at the Gibson House (above O’Blarneys Irish Pub), 221 N Tower Ave. in Centralia, at 12:30 p.m.