D.O. Daniel T. Dugaw
1950 - 2021
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Daniel T. Dugaw, D.O.
August 25, 2021
Olympia, Washington - Dr. Daniel Thomas Dugaw, a gifted healer died on August 25, 2021 in St. Peters Hospital in Olympia from spinal cancer. He was born in Chehalis on Oct. 19, 1950 and raised in Toledo, Washington. He was the eldest son of Dr. W.J. Dugaw and his wife, Donna, a registered nurse. Both of them instilled him a devotion to the healing arts and the care of his patients. He practiced medicine in Toledo, Tacoma and Olympia for over 40 years.
Dan graduated from St. Martin's High School in 1968, attended Seattle University, thereafter, receiving his bachelor in 1972. Having a desire to follow his father's footsteps since he was young, he attended the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated in 1976. He conducted his internship at Green Cross General Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio in 1977.
Not only was he dedicated to his patients, but his profession as well. He joined the Washington Osteopathic Medical Association in 1977 and remained active with them until his death, serving as president in 1996. Through them he also served the Pacific Northwest University of Health and Sciences in Yakima by teaching and precepting several osteopathic medical students. He was also a frequent lecturer at Osteopathic Continuing Medical Education, seminars and conventions. In 2019, he received the Northwest Medical foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. Governor Gary Locke appointed him to the Washington State Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in January of 2000 where he served until 2009.
Dan was also active in his community. He served on the Board of Trustees of St. Martin's University from 2006 until 2018 and was an active member of St. Michael Parish in Olympia as well.
He was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis in the late 1990s and accomplished all of what has been described despite becoming progressively disabled over the years. Although Dan's body was progressively ravaged by this disease, he defiantly and courageously prevented it from affecting his spirit. He battled it by endeavoring to have a full and rewarding life. He did so. His active participation and support with the Multiple Sclerosis Society inspired many afflicted with the same disease.
Dan was witty, gregarious, generous and kind. He was an active father for his children, coaching their teams and participating in their various endeavors. His sense of humor was constant, as numerous patient-friends can attest. His siblings can attest to his mischievousness. He was a gifted healer and confidante in the tradition of Hippocrates.
He played football, basketball and baseball in his youth, tennis and golf later and became an avid runner before he was no longer able to run. He was a proficient gardener and frequently worked on his homes as he had carpentered during summers in college.
Dan is survived by his wife Jennie,his two children, Monique and Andre and his ten siblings and their spouses: Cathy Goodman (Bob), Dianne Dugaw (Amanda), Kris McDonald, Terry Anders (Craig), Paul Dugaw (Marie), Mary Jo Dugaw (David), Elizabeth Pillers, Anne Dugaw (Darius), Matthew Dugaw, Tim Dugaw (Phillipa) as well as fourteen nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Dan and his life will be conducted at St. Michael Parish in Olympia, WA on Thursday Sept. 9, 2021 at 12:00 pm. Remembrance gifts may be made to the Washington Osteopathic Medical Foundation; The Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Foundation, St. Martin's University Foundation or St. Michael Parish.

Published by The Olympian on Sep. 8, 2021.
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Monique and Andre, I was sorry to read of the passing of your father. I never really knew your dad, but it appears he was very respected as a caring and competent physician. Take care, and hold fast to all of the special memories you have of your dad.
October 11, 2021
My dear Mary Jo, I´m so very sorry for your loss. May your memories of him bring you comfort. Love, Laurie
Laurie Betts
October 9, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Vickie Detlefsen
October 6, 2021
Apointments with Dr Dugaw always turned out to be a pleasure as his kindness, empthy along with his wonderful sense of humor were a gift. Fond memories of my very favorite most briliant doctor.
Billie Cox
September 25, 2021
Dan was such a devoted servant of God. I will miss how he made me feel like a million bucks every time we met. My memories of him will always make me smile.
September 22, 2021
In the past, Dr. Dugaw helped each of us recover from chronic joint problems that were not healing under traditional medical care. His gentle manipulations ("counterstrain") worked wonders on our "tender points", and he showed us how to do some of these manipulations at home. He had a compassionate manner with his patients. We will miss him.
Jeff Foster & Debra Jaqua
September 19, 2021
Not only have I lost the person who always put Humpty Dumpty back together again, I feel I have lost a dear friend. We have lost a special, gifted, compassionate man.
September 18, 2021
Dan will be remembered in gratitude as an amazing, gifted healer and friend.
Kris Allen
September 8, 2021
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