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Eldon James Derkland, 70, of Burlington, WA passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012 at home, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.
Eldon James Derkland "Don"
Don was born June 27, 1942 in Tacoma, WA the son of Ralph and Elvera (Johnson) Derkland. He attended school in Seattle, WA graduating from Highline High School. Don joined the Army serving his country in Germany, being honorably discharged to care for his ailing father. In 1966 he married Linda Johnson in Renton, WA; together they had two daughters. He worked briefly for Boeing as a draftsman, then, as a salesman for Boyd's Coffee Company. In 1972 he moved with his family to the Skagit Valley where he started a roofing company. In 1977 he married the love of his life, Ellen Engle Omdal. Together they proudly owned and operated Don-El Construction, building custom homes. For the last 24 years Don was a realtor and worked with Ralph and Mary Ann Monty, along with their son, Aaron Monty at Ramo Realty and Construction in Arlington, WA. Along life's journey Don developed many lasting friendships. Family was most important in Don's life with many picnics, trips, and countless occasions shared together with loved ones. Don had a great appreciation of music and shared his beautiful voice at momentous family events. He enjoyed sports, golfing, tennis, fishing, boating and being in the sun. The Mariners and Seahawks were his favorite teams. All who attend his memorial service are invited to wear Seahawk apparel if they wish.
Don's family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the staff's of United General's Oncology unit, Saint Joseph Hospital and Skagit Hospice for their sensitivity and loving care of Don in his final days. Ellen wishes to thank family and friends for all of their love and support.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Ellen of the family home; two daughters, Kim Billings (Bill Farnham) and Stacy (Bill) Cassels both of Sedro-Woolley, WA; one son, Bret (Laura) Omdal of Burlington; nine grandchildren, Shelby, Lexie, Brady, Brittany, Chelsea, Cherish, Zayler, Rachel, and Beau; plus many loving extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Bertha Mounce.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the North Puget Cancer Center, 2000 Hospital Drive Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284, for families that are in need of support for cancer treatments.
A celebration of Don's life will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at the Edison Lutheran Church, 14201 Church Road, Bow, WA.
You may offer your condolences and share memories with Don's family online at www.kernfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2013