Douglas J. Patur passed away suddenly and peacefully at the age of 79 on January 10, 2022. Uncle Doug was born December 14, 1942 in Bremerton, Washington to John Patur and Helena Nowicki. He had one brother, Ralph Patur. Doug is survived by his niece Roberta Greenway (David), nephew Jeffrey Patur and Sister-in-law Helen Patur.
His mother relocated her two boys to Chicago after Doug's father passed away suddenly and Doug became a special needs child shortly after due to spinal meningitis. Doug's disability had many blessings. Doug did not worry, live in fear or experience emotional suffering or regret. He loved every day of his life, God, his family, his community and was always grateful for the many people that loved him and showed him kindness.
During Doug's younger years he loved to listen to the Cubs play baseball, riding his bike, helping with family chores, and Sunday dinner after church. While in Chicago Doug worked at the US Post Office for a short period of time. In his late 30s he relocated to Iron River, Michigan and then again relocated to Issaquah, Washington which became his favorite town.
Doug had an extraordinary ability to memorize dates and particularly people's birthdays, bus and Amtrak schedules or any other date that was important to him. When it came to people's birthdays and anniversaries he not only knew the date, but he could tell you what day of the week the date was and well into the future. Doug made friends everywhere he went including developing close relationships with the mayors of Issaquah who invited him into their offices and regularly sent him holiday cards most importantly, birthday cards with personal messages. Doug loved going to his church, Our Savior Lutheran Church and the Senior Center (both in Issaquah). Doug was also a big fan of the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks and looked forward to watching virtually all their games on TV. Some of his personal favorites were Ken Griffey with the Mariners and Russell Wilson with the Seahawks. He'd always wear his team t-shirt when he watched the game and he had a Seahawks jacket that a friend from his church had given to him. He loved that jacket!
We will all miss Uncle Doug very much, but we believe without a doubt that Doug was welcomed by Jesus with open arms and that he is probably at the head of the line to be a greeter in heaven for just a little while.
His family would like to thank the staff at Providence Marianwood, the staff at DSHS At Works Program, Josephine, Mike and Deb and a very special thank you to Doug's dear friends and support family Duane and Jan Kolberg and Doug and Diane Tanner both of Issaquah.
In honor of Doug's memory and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Issaquah Senior Center or Our Savior Lutheran Church of Issaquah.
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