Remembering Jim Dugan

James R. Dugan, 87, passed away Easter Sunday morning, April 12, 2020 at home on Guemes Island. Jim was born in Seattle, WA, June 18, 1932. He was raised and went to school in Seattle, WA, graduating from Roosevelt High School. He later moved to Lynnwood, then Edmonds before coming to Guemes Island as a “weekender”. He and his wife became permanent residents in 1986.

He was the proud owner of his own business “Jim Dugan Dairy, Inc.” as an independent distributor for Vitamilk Dairy.

He served his military time in the U. S. Coast Guard.

Jim worked hard and gave selflessly to his community. Even as a weekender, he served as an off-island trustee for the Property Owners Association. In 2006 he was honored with the Guemes Island Citizen of the Year Award presented by the Property Owners Association in recognition of over 10 years overseeing the Guemes Island Fire Department with outstanding performance and without salary.

In 2012, he received the Guemes Island Hero Award for exemplary service to the island over 2 decades, specifically as a Guemes Island Fire Department Fire Commissioner and active lay volunteer. He participated in the C.E.R.T. program, attending shelter organization classes and other informational meetings in order to meet the needs of islanders in the event of a disaster. In addition, he volunteered two days a week at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center.

He was upbeat and good natured and spoke easily to everyone and loved to share his life experiences and always had a ready smile for all he met. He was honest to a faullt, always wanting to do the best he could for those in the community and the ones he loved. He also loved his yard and spent many an hour riding his lawn mower and greeting passersby.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Reva Dugan, his son, Kristian Dugan and daughter Teresa Olney (Gary), his grandson Kyle Dugan, and granddaughter Heather Dugan and great grandsons, Andrew Dugan, Timothy and Johnathan Downing, 3 nieces and 2 nephews.

He will be greatly missed by his many friends and those who loved him. At this time, there are no services planned.

Memorials may be sent to Anacortes Senior Activity Center, 1701 22nd St., Anacortes, WA 98221 or Guemes Island Fire Department, 6310 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes, WA 98221

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