Donald L. Bloom

Donald Lee Bloom, 75, died on February 7, 2012, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, WA.
He was born September 12, 1936, in Peck, Idaho, to the late Violet Craddick Bloom and Elbert Bloom.

Don graduated in 1955 from Orofino High School in Orofino, Idaho, and attended the University of Idaho and Washington State University. He then worked for WSU until moving to the Seattle area in 1977.

Don spent most of his career in higher education as a facilities director and worked on capital projects for various colleges in Washington State. He enjoyed his work very much and hoped to continue until he was 90; in fact, he tried retirement a couple times and quickly discovered that it was not the life for him. Don had an outstanding work ethic and rarely missed a day of work.

When he did take time off from work, he loved to travel with Donna, his wife of 32 years. The warmer the location the better; Hawaii and Lincoln City, Oregon, were two of their favorite places. Another true love throughout his life was his four-legged companions; he received his first dog at age 4 and was a dog lover since. Don loved photography and always looked forward to catching up with old friends and classmates at reunions.

Don will be missed by his 7 surviving children, Rick Bloom, Chris (Deb) Bloom, Steve (Vicki) Bloom, Lisa (Scott) Smith, Lauren (Ric) Brandt, Sean Anderson and Rochelle (John) Hill. He also leaves behind sisters Ruth Watson and Beverly (Ed) Langley, 13 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and many lifelong friends. Preceding him in death were his mother and father; brother, Bernard Bloom; sister, Doris Glantz; an infant sister; and his wife, Donna Bloom.

Services will be held February 21, 2012, at 11:00am at Holy Family Parish in Kirkland, WA.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s name can be made to Holy Family Parish in Kirkland, WA or to Shriners.

4 Responses to “Donald L. Bloom”

  • Peggy Fraser says:

    What a loss for all of us who knew Don. I can’t remember a time I didn’t see a smile on his face. Bob and I were fortunate to have shared more than 32 years of wonderful memories with Don and Donna. Don fought a courageous battle with cancer and never once did I hear him complain. I will forever cherish the memories we shared with him.

    My prayers and thoughts are with his loving family

  • Phyllis Brant says:


    I’m so sorry to learn of the death of your loving husband, Donald. I pray that God will help you and keep you in your future.

    Phyllis Brant

  • Marie Botnen says:

    Don was definitely a one of a kind person and I am pleased to have called him friend for so many years. We enjoyed working together at Edmonds Community College and then having he and Donna in Sequim, WA where I had retired. I have so many great memories from knowing both he and Donna. It’s hard to imagine he is gone. My best to all the family.
    Marie Botnen

  • TD says:

    I was saddened to hear of Don’s passing. I have know him for many years at Bellevue College and was so surprised to see him back working on campus just a few short months ago. Don always had a smile and took time to say hello each and every time our paths crossed. My he rest in peace and my prayers go out to him and his family members.

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