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Don Logan

Our father, Donald William Logan, passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly albeit peaceably with us on March 9, 2013 - his 80th year - in Seattle. Don was very well known in - and will be greatly missed by - many different communities primarily in the Capitol Hill area where he has been a resident and businessman since 1963.

"Donny" was born on a cold Chicago day on Dec 26, 1933 the first child of Donald Edward Logan and Alice Marie Briney. The Logan family moved to Muskegon, MI in 1943. Don graduated from Muskegon HS in 1952. Don enjoyed playing the baritone in one of the nation's preeminent school bands. The Logan family moved to Seattle the fall of 1952 due to his father's new job at Boeing. Don enrolled at the UW from which he graduated in 1956 with a degree in Education. Don's teaching career with the Seattle Public Schools began in 1960 teaching history at Blaine Junior High in Magnolia. He was called into the military in 1963 due to the Berlin Crisis. Don returned to the UW and received a graduate degree in History in 1968. Don was very involved with the peace movement at this time including directly lambasting Federal Representative Brock Adams at the UW for his accepting the draft for the Viet-Nam war. The majority of Don's career was at Ballard High School teaching US History and a variety of other courses. He loved his work - especially working with young people - more than can be imagined. He was a very beloved teacher (see former student comments on the Seattle Times online Guestbook) - for years we would regularly encounter former students who would delightedly run up to greet "Mr. Logan" long after they had been students.

Don also began investing in Real Estate very early due to his entrepreneurial spirit, love for tax deductions and the guidance of father-in-law Russell Jones, well known RE broker on Capitol Hill. He eventually purchased several buildings on Capitol Hill the management of which he thoroughly enjoyed and from which he provided endless stories. This effort allowed Don to exhibit his great generosity and sense of community by providing a sizeable donation to the University of Washington to sustain a chair in the UW History Dept.

Don's children, Greg, Scott and Elizabeth (Lisa), were his greatest love in life and we knew were greatly loved by our dad. His pride and joy was the magnificent restoration of an 1888 residential complex on the corner of East Olive Way and Bellevue on Capitol Hill. Similarly, our dad also took great pride in restoring and furnishing his Georgian colonial home.

Don is survived by his son, Greg, daughter, Lisa and her children Celina and Nick and his sister Jan and preceded by his beloved son Scott Logan. Don's Memorial Service is planned for next Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Butterworth Funeral Home located at 520 W Raye St Seattle (Queen Anne Hill) from 7 to 9 PM. Your attendance is greatly welcomed by the family.
Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 15 to Mar. 17, 2013
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