G. John Doces|
G. John Doces died after a short illness in Rancho Mirage California, on February 19, 2014. He was born on February 5, 1916 in the small village of Qyteze, Albania. One of nine children, he had to leave school at grade six, to help work the family farm, and then at age 19, he came to America. Unable to speak English, he was put on a train to Chicago to meet family, and then went on to Seattle where he made his home, along with his later residence in Rancho Mirage, California.
He met his wife, Sophia, in Chicago, and they were married 63 years until her death in 2007. Truly a self-made man, he fulfilled the American dream. He was a tireless worker, working throughout the day and going to night school to learn English, and with his brother Sam, opened an upholstery shop in Seattle, which they developed to become five home furnishing stores, the largest in the Northwest, of which he was President.
After the stores closed in the 1970's he devoted his energies to investing, painting (having studied at the Cornish School of Fine Arts), creating fountains, mobiles and sculptures, one of which has been acquired, and is on display in Tukwila. He patented inventions, and was a dedicated philanthropist. He donated paintings by Albanian artists, which he acquired upon his return to his homeland of Albania, some of which are on display at Denny Hall, at the University of Washington. He was instrumental in leading the Building Committee for St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle, stewarding the completion of the project. He loved opera and was a member of the Seattle Opera Board, as well as being a member of the Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet Boards. He was a member of the Salvation Army Board and reached the highest degree as a Mason.
He was the true patriarch of his family, who he loved very much, as well as his Church and Country. He served in the Coast Guard in WWII, prior to becoming an American citizen. He was friends with many politicians, who were leaders of the Country and enjoyed discussing and giving advice on the state of the Country, including Henry "Scoop" Jackson, amongst them.
He also loved his many YPO (Young President's Organization) adventures, boating, golf, and his homes in Seattle and Rancho Mirage. He was a long-time Husky and Seahawk season ticket holder. He had a great time watching the Huskies at the Don James Center. He enjoyed his many years as a member of the Rainier Club and Broadmoor Golf Club. He learned to ski as an adult, and survived, much to everyone's relief, skiing down Baldy Mountain with family and friends, in Sun Valley. And, he loved his dog, Mika.
His creative mind never stopped thinking, and though limited by multiple medical problems, he lived life to the fullest. He was a dominoes master to the end.
He was preceded in death by his parents, all eight of his siblings, and his beloved wife Sophia, who he missed greatly, and now will be with her again. He is survived by his three children, John (Julie), Helene Senn (Ron), Dean (Debra), and six grandchildren Sebrina Doces, John Doces, Nicole Pendergast (Geoff), Ron Senn, Jacqueline Senn, Marco Doces and four great-grandchildren.
We miss you
so very much, Kosta.
A special thanks to wonderful caregivers, Vivienne and Carol.
Services will be held at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave E, Seattle WA 98112, on Friday, February 28, 2014, at 12:00pm. Donations can be made to the St Demetrios Building Fund or a
Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 23 to Feb. 26, 2014