Douglas B. Wollen

The world lost a remarkable man when Doug Wollen passed away on August 16, 2011. Doug was only 51 years old when he succumbed to complications from routine colon surgery, but he packed a lot of life into his short time here.

He was born in early 1960, the first of three sons born to Keith and Fran (Kuncl) Wollen, currently of Port Angeles, WA. He grew up in Pullman, WA and graduated from Pullman High School in 1978, with a 3.88 GPA and numerous athletic accomplishments. He was an All Conference football player, once kicking a game winning 47 yard field goal. But his true calling was the discus, which he threw for state records and the Washington State AA Championship in 1977 and again in 1978.

Doug attended the University of Washington on a full ride athletic scholarship. He was a four year letter winner, throwing the discus and shot put, and earned All American honors in the discus in 1982. His career best throw of 201 ft. 8 in. still ranks fifth in UW school history.

After graduating from UW in 1983 with his BS in Mathematics, he joined Boeing as a software developer in the Kent Environmental Test Labs. He met his wife, Marlene Kane, in 1984. They married in 1986 and settled in Kent to work and raise their children, Brett, Alec and Sierra, who were the focus and highlight of their lives.

Doug treasured the outdoors and active outings with family and friends, most recently rafting the entire length of the Grand Canyon, zip-lining through the Hawaiian rainforest canopy and guiding his friends up brutal Aasgard Pass into his favorite wilderness paradise, the Enchantments. The mountains called to him, and he conquered several including Rainier, Kilimanjaro, Baker and Adams.

He spent his entire 27 year career at Boeing, most recently as a project manager for a group developing aeronautical simulation software and design tools. Highlights of his career at Boeing include earning his PMP from George Washington University, presenting at the 2007 BCS2 conference and completing the IT Leadership Development Program.

Doug greatly enjoyed serving the youth of his community. He coached youth track, soccer, basketball and flag football when his kids were young, and then worked as an assistant track coach at Kentridge High School for the past several years. He volunteered as an adult leader with Boy Scout Troop 474 for years and mentored many boys through their Physical Fitness merit badge. He also donated time and expertise to elementary science clubs in the Kent schools, and served on KSD science steering and boundary revision committees.

Doug’s zest for life included a deep appreciation of classic rock and blues – he played a mean electric guitar himself. He admired classic muscle cars and relished that rare lazy afternoon when he could catch some NASCAR on TV. And he was a connoisseur of hoppy IPAs, robust cabernets and gourmet food, especially when Marlene was doing the cooking! His own home brewed IPA was excellent.

Doug is survived by his loving wife, Marlene, his sons, Brett and Alec, his daughter, Sierra, his parents, Keith and Fran Wollen and his brothers, Craig and Bruce Wollen. A memorial service will be held in the Kent Senior Activity Center East Room on September 11 at 2:00, with a reception to follow and conclude about 4:00.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Doug’s name to either the UW GI Cancer Program Research Fund  or to UW Track and Field .

Donations can also be made by check to the GI Cancer Research Fund at: UW Medicine Advancement, Attn: Gift Processing, Box 358045, Seattle, WA 98109, or to UW Track and Field at: UW Athletics, Attn: Jennifer Cohen, Box 354070, Seattle, WA 98195. Please make checks payable to “UW Foundation” and note Doug’s name and your donation fund of choice on your check. Thank you!

Doug appreciated life and lived it to it’s fullest. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. Thanks for the memories, dear friend. You will always be with us.

6 Responses to “Douglas B. Wollen”

  • Anthony Cano says:

    We went on some great backpacking outings with Mr. Wollen. Woodcutting was always fun experience when you were there. Becasue of how nice you were to everyone, it rubbed off on Alec too. He was always nice to every scout that came into the Troop. One time Alec, myself and Kenny Healy had to get another boy in the troop to get a move on. Alec told the boy that if he stayed where he was the tide would be in soon and wash him away. It did not take much more convincing except the high winds did push in quick so the boy beleived what Alec was telling him. The three of us helped the boy with his gear and we were on the trail again. Mr. Wollen was always patient and it rubbed off on Alec.

  • Sheryl Anderson says:

    Marlene, I was so sorry to read this. If there’s anything I can do or you’d like to get together, please give me a call or email me.

    I am so sorry.


  • Kecherson Family says:

    Marlene, Brett, Alec and Sierra, we are so VERY sorry for your loss. We had no idea about any of this prior to receiving the August Hillshire Newsletter.

    We have made a $100 donation to UW GI Cancer Research fund In Memory of Doug.

    If there is anything you need or we can do please let us know. We’re only a backyard away.

  • Patton Family says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. We will always remember how devoted he was to his family. He was always so involved with his kids (and other’s kids as well) My husband really enjoyed coaching with him. He was great with the kids and had a very positive and encouraging influence on them. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Gary Gefre says:

    I attended the memorial for Doug yesterday and enjoyed the stories about him. I pray the good Lord will comfort the family through this time. I knew Doug through UW track and field, go huskies. I was a decathlete and we occationally helped spot each other in the weight room. I also roomed with Doug for about three months one summer, there were five track guys in that house. One day Doug told me he found an all you can buffet restaurant in Bothell that he enjoyed. He went there about three times that week and the third time the manager told him not to come back, he ate to much. I also remember going to a Jimi Hendrix movie with Doug, he liked that screaming guitar and learned how to play it himself.

  • Craig Dougherty says:

    It is closing in on 3 years now without Doug with me on the Track….herding the cats….

    We have 2 Girls moving onto District this year in the Discus Doug !!! Boys throw this Friday and it is my prayer we will have One Boy in the Discus Mix as well…for the first time Doug, KR will have 2 Boys in the Javelin and if further prayers are answered two girls as well…..wooohoooo !!! OK, 1 Boy in the Shot and hopefully the same 2 girls in the SHOT too…..I will have a platter of Uncle Thurms Hot Chicken Wings with his special Hot Sauce in your honor !!! Dave Fowler is running the Shot the last two years, he has been a blessing….take care my good friend, Marlene and the Young Adults are all doing very well !!! PS, Took a Javelin Place at Pasco in Girls this year, it must have been the Spud Nuts 🙂 Craig >

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