Doug Cowan | Passages

Doug Cowan, 90, a 37 year resident of Lopez Island, passed from this life into the next Saturday, November 2, 2013 with family at his side.  He was born January 6, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Lee and Laura Cowan.  He was the beloved husband of Millie for 64 years prior to her passing in October of 2006.  Doug served his country flying for the Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during WWII. As part of the “Greatest Generation” he was proud to serve his country.  Passionate about the game of golf, Doug could often be found at the Lopez Golf Course where he frequently “shot his age.”  He loved to garden and cook, was an avid fly fisherman and a lifelong devotee to the hobby of model railroading. Doug also served for a number of years on the Lopez Island School Board. A relatively quiet man, Doug listened well, thought carefully and answered wisely. His advice was always worth considering and usually worth taking. He was known around Lopez Island as a gentleman’s gentleman.  Doug is survived by his sons Doug, Jr. with wife Corinne of Bellevue and Tom with wife Tammy of Lopez, daughter Claudia with husband Bob Bushey of Renton, along with his favorite niece Penny Hastings with partner Mike Daniels of Santa Rosa, CA.  He is also survived by grandchildren Kristina Muse, Matt Cowan, Scott Cowan, Trisha Snyder, John Cowan, Eric Bergman and Greg Cowan and 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.  He will be greatly missed for his wisdom, humor and loving nature.  A memorial service for Doug will be held at the Lopez Island Golf Club on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM. The family suggests memorials be made to the Catherine Washburn Medical Association in Doug’s name.  Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands.

Doug is survived by his brother Richard Cowan and his sister Jean Simpson.  To share memories of Doug please sign the online guest register at