Jacob "Jake" Huizenga, 70, a resident of Sedro-Woolley, WA passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
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He was born on October 3, 1943 at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL, the seventh of nine children of Clarence (Klaas) and Cora (Jacoba) Huizenga.
When Jake was three years old the family moved to Bellflower, CA and two years, later moving to East Stanwood, WA where the family operated a dairy farm. There were many fun stories about life on the farm.
When Jake was nine, the family moved to Mount Vernon where he and his siblings attended the Mount Vernon Christian School and Mount Vernon Christian Reformed Church.
Jake continued working for family friends, the Sinema's, on their dairy farm in Stanwood and he was known to ride their horses in the Mount Vernon parades. He was proud of the fact that he could play the William Tell Overture on the piano only because of the Lone Ranger TV show, then he was through with the piano.
After graduating from Mount Vernon High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Irwin in California.
In 1968 he married Connie Garland, and from that union his two children, Barbie and Stephanie were born and he became a father to James Garland. In 1991 he married Teri Patterson and became a father to Sean and Desiree Patterson.
For several years Jake worked for Witco in Mount Vernon, where he would design, cut and finish wood furniture. He then worked for 29 years as a truck driver for Concrete Nor'West, using the call sign "Big Kahuna" until his retirement.
Jake enjoyed boating and going camping all around the Northwest.
He is survived by his wife, Teri at the family home in Sedro-Woolley; his children, Barbie Halgren (Skip) of Samish Island, WA, Stephanie Huizenga of San Diego, CA, Jim Garland (Karen) of Lexington, SC, Desiree Huntley (Jeremiah) of Sedro-Woolley, and Sean Patterson (Crystal), of Colorado Springs, CO; 2 brothers, Clarence Huizenga (Chris) of Mears, MI and Bernie Huizenga (Joann) of Elmhurst, IL; 5 sisters Dena Wichers (Eldon) of Arlington, WA, Ann Ellison of Tacoma, WA, Jenny Shiel and Linda Van Esch (Randy) of Mount Vernon, WA and Catherine Dostart (Tom) of Stanwood, WA; 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and the family zoo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Klaas & Jacoba Huizenga, a brother, Robert Huizenga; his paternal grandparents, Klaas & Anje (van Dijken) Huizenga and maternal grandparents, Jan & Alberdina (Dop-van Veen) Huizenga.
The family suggests that memorials be made to a
A time for visitation for Jake will be held on Sunday, May 18th from noon to 4pm and on Monday, May 19th from 9am to 5 pm at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley. In keeping with Jake's request no formal funeral will be held. A Life Celebration will be held at a later date. Share memories of Jake and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com
1008 Third Street Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on May 17, 2014