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Don D. KENNEDY Don D. Kennedy was born January 9, 1919 in Aberdeen, WA and died April 4, 2012 in Seattle, WA. Don's mother passed away when he was two years old. His father and grandmother raised Don and his younger brother, John, in the Wallingford District. Don started his business career at age 10, selling newspapers and magazines throughout Wallingford and the U District. In 1937, he graduated from Lincoln High School and proudly attended his reunions up to and including the reunion last fall. Very motivated, he bought and sold cars starting in his teen years, and so funded his education at UW. Don was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and a loyal Husky football fan. As a young man, Don was diagnosed with tuberculosis and quarantined at Firland Sanatorium, an experience that left him health conscious for the rest of his life. Upon release, Don went right back to school and graduated from the UW. Don opened his real estate brokerage in 1945 and was soon joined by his brother. Don enjoyed real estate and was very successful in the business for over 65 years, building, selling, and renting many major apartment buildings in the U District and Magnolia over the years. He also built dozens of homes, most of which still exist today. Don dearly loved his children, Donald Phillip and Linda. He also enjoyed their childhood friends, such as the Gill children who fondly referred to him as "Mr. K." Don had a contagious sense of humor and was a good friend to many throughout his long life. He was a member of the Seattle Tennis Club, the University District Parking Association, the Seattle Yacht Club, and other civic, business and private organizations. Don was devoted to Seattle, but vacationed in Palm Desert and Maui. Some of his special interests were boating, tennis, eagles, sunsets, the Daily Jumble, lemon meringue pie, and Dalmatians. Don was a patriot and a generous citizen. A passionate supporter of the Seattle Police Department, he worked on many special awards and projects with his close friend, Officer John Abraham. Don was an advisory board member of the Medic One Foundation for many years. He was also the creator and founder of the famous Seattle Fallen Fire Fighter's Memorial in Occidental Park. "He loved the Seattle Police and Fire Departments and was a loyal and ardent supporter of both," said Don's close friend Fire Commissioner James A. Fossos. Don is survived by his wife Betty Kennedy of Chehalis, Washington; his son Donald Phillip Kennedy, daughter-in-law Anne and grandchildren Camille, Taylor and Houston; his daughter Linda (Kennedy) Dorsey, son-in-law Thomas Dorsey, and grandchildren Daniel, Ryan, Kaylee, Christopher and Kara (Dorsey) Kornish; his sister-in-law Toni Kennedy, nephews John Jr. and Anthony and niece Candy (Kennedy) Filer. Finally, his beloved Dalmatian, Pirate, misses him very much. Don had a great outlook on life and coined the catchy phrase"K.O.L." (Keep... On... Living!!). He lived a good and full life at his home, passing away peacefully at the age of 93. He was a great man, loved and respected by many.He will be deeply missed. In accordance with his wishes, a private family burial was held at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, Washington.A "Celebration of Life" will be planned for the future. Please sign the online guestbook at: www.washelli.com. In memory of Don and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Seattle Police Foundation, PO Box 456 Seattle, WA 98111-0456; Medic One Foundation, Mail Stop 359747, 325 Ninth Avenue Seattle, WA 98104-2420
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 22, 2012
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