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VAL RAY DURHAM(1938 - 2013)

Val Ray Durham, 74, of Camano Island passed away on June 10, 2013, surrounded by his family and friends, at home from acute respiratory failure.

Val was born on June 28, 1938 in Billings, Montana to Val George and Mary Durham.

He attended a one room school house for early education and graduated from Ryegate High School, in 1956 with 10 classmates.

He enlisted in the US Navy following graduation and was honorably discharged as an electronic technician in 1959.

Val embraced cutting edge technology. He graduated from Colorado Technical Institute with a BSME degree in 1962 and various graduate management courses from the University of Washington and Stanford School of Business. He was employed by Montronics in Missoula, Montana. The John Fluke Company purchased Montronics, Val and his family relocated to Lynnwood, Washington in 1962. In 1973 he was appointed Senior Vice President of Operations for Teltone Corporation in Kirkland, Washington. Val's career continued to advance when he accepted the position of President and Chairman of the Board at CMC International of Bellevue, Washington in 1983. He further distinguished himself as a leader and entrepreneur from 1989 to 1995 as President and CEO at Datacom Technologies in Everett, WA.

Val was married to Nellie Hagberg in 1958 in Montana. Val and Nellie had three children, Julie, Jack and James. The family cherishes memories of boating, fishing and hunting with their Dad.

Val married Sheri Bartram on May 20, 1995 in Everett, WA. Val and Sheri made their home on Camano Island, where he was involved with the Livingston Bay Community Association. Following Val's retirement, he and Sheri enjoyed motorhome traveling, making many lifelong friends along the way.

Val was an active member of the Stanwood Lions Club for over 40 years. He was instrumental in the Hamilton Smokestack lighting project, the Bingo Booth at the Stanwood-Camano Fair, the annual Lutefisk Dinner, the Lions Parade float, and many other community projects. Val served two terms as Lion's Club President and many years as club Tail Twister.

Val served two terms on the Stanwood School Board.

Val was a member of the Stanwood American Legion, Everett Elks Club, the Everett Leisuretime Kamping Society, (RV club), and the "Friday Night Study Club and Bird Watching Society". Val was an avid University of Washington Husky fan and was a football season ticket holder for 35 years. He also enjoyed attending Seattle Mariner's spring training in Arizona. Val especially appreciated competition, whether it was the Apple Cup, pickle ball, a rousing game of Cheesehead Rummy, or an exciting hand of Poker with the RV Club.

Val is survived by his loving wife, Sheri; daughter Julie (Mark) Eby; son Jim (Angie) Durham; sisters Imogene Wrzenski and Mary Lou (Durl) Heiken; grandchildren, Shannon (Brandon) Young, Eric (Meredith) Eby, Brianna Durham and Nels Eby; great grandsons Amadeus Young, James and Braeden Eby, and extended Durham family.

Val was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jack; his sister Fay; and his son, Jack.

Val is also survived by father-in-law, Everett Bartram; mother-in-law Joan Gilbertson; siblings-in-law Kerri (Ken) Scott, Jerri Ann Bartram, Barry (Pam) Bartram, Tim (Gena) Tiffany, Tami Sundberg, Todd (Michelle) Tiffany, Tracy (Rachael) Tiffany, and numerous nieces and nephews including his special "Peanut".

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Stanwood.

The family wishes to thank Pastor Mark Bankson, nurse Maggie, and the entire UW Medical Center Staff for the loving care shown to Val during his extended health struggles.

Remembrances may be sent to Our Savior's Lutheran Church or the Stanwood Lion's Club Smokestack Lighting Project.

Arrangements under the direction of Gilbertson Funeral Home, Stanwood.

Funeral Home

Gilbertson Funeral Home and Cremation Service - Stanwood
27001 88th Ave NW  Stanwood, WA 98292
360-629-2101

Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on June 13, 2013
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