Our beloved Father, Douglas N. Hamilton, passed peacefully on January 11, 2016 surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Doug graduated from Mt. Baker High School in 1950. He was preceded in death by his wife and best friend, June Hamilton, who he met while pursuing a degree in forestry at the University of Washington. He leaves behind 4 children: Karen Siekkinen, Katheryn Hamilton, Thayne Hamilton and Leslie Copps as well as many adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren, not to mention numerous friends who were all touched by his giving spirit and mentorship. Doug began working to support himself at the age of 14 by stoking fires and cooking at the Mt. Baker Lodge at Mt. Baker Ski Area. At 16, he began work as a fire-lookout watchman in Mt. Baker National Forest and he helped build the first chairlift at Mt. Baker Ski Area in 1951. Later, he worked as an equipment operator in both the logging industry and for the State Highway Dept. at Shuksan where he also was an explosives expert for avalanche control. All the while, he single-handedly built a fleet of 3 tow trucks for Hamilton's Towing and a chain rental service, Hamilton's Chain Service. Throughout his life he was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, mountain climber and guide. He was an EMT for the Glacier Fire Department as well as a driving force in starting the Mountain Rescue in Whatcom County and was always the person who was called first as his equipment was always by the door at the ready. Doug was also one of the instigators and promoters of The Deming Log Show, where he was Master of Ceremony for many years while his lovely wife kept score in the arena. A turning point in Doug's life was the loss of his father Ora Ellis (Buster) Hamilton to tuberculosis at the young age of seven. At this point, Doug's life became a model of giving to those less fortunate than himself. He taught those same values and morals to not only his children and grandchildren but to all of those around him. He was a leader in every aspect of his life. Doug's family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Highgate Senior Living as well as Hospice House for their fabulous care and to the many friends who were supportive in Dad's final days. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Whatcom Hospice House.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Jan. 17, 2016