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Robert Alan Duin

Robert Alan Duin, who was born with a passion for the sea and a desire to keep it safe for the rest of us, crossed the restless wave on June 24, 2016. He died at 91 with his wife, Phyllis, by his side at Emerald Heights in Redmond.

A career officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, Bobby grew up in Minnesota, leading New Ulm's American League baseball team to the state championship in 1941. He lettered nine times - in football, basketball and baseball - at the Coast Guard Academy before graduating in 1948.

After gaining a degree in Naval Engineering from M.I.T., Bobby gave his all to the Coast Guard, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral in 1975. He served as the Coast Guard's comptroller for three years, then took command of 17th District operations in Alaska. After retiring from the service in 1980, Bobby spent five years with the Port of Seattle.

He took great joy in sailing, fishing and, for 30 years, the view of Lake Sammamish from his Bellevue porch. He didn't love any of them, however, quite as much as he loved Phyllis, his safe harbor for 66 years. They traveled the world together until the very end.

Bobby was the youngest of Siegfried and Alma Duin's four children. He was inducted into the Coast Guard Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984, and received a number of other honors and medals from the USCG. He didn't wear any of them as proudly as the love of those who survive him, especially his three children, Robert Jr., Steve and Julia; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

His memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday July 10 at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, where Bobby was long a vital part of the community. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the cathedral.

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Published in The Seattle Times on July 3, 2016
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