Diane Kay Carbaugh

Diane (Breithaupt) Carbaugh, 55, of Kirkland, Washington passed away on February 21, 2012 at Evergreen Hospice after a courageous battle with leukemia.   She is now in the embrace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, with whom she loved with all her heart.


She was born on August 20, 1956 in Colfax, WA and went to elementary school in Malden.  At age 7 she moved to Spokane with her parents and that became her home.  Diane graduated from Ferris High School in 1974.  She married soon after and had three beautiful children.


In 1987 Diane and the children moved to the Kirkland area.  In 1988 she began her career in benefits by working as a Life Insurance Coordinator for The Regence Group.   During this time she attended Bellevue Community College from 1992 through 1994.  In 1998 she began working for The Unity Group as an Account Manager.  In 2005 she transferred to Parker Smith and Feek where she worked as an Account Manager helping employers provide the perfect benefit package for their employees.  During her career she earned her life and disability license and an ACSR designation.  In 2008 she  was diagnosed with leukemia after a routine medical examination but she continued working  while receiving  treatment.  Diane was described by her co-workers at Parker Smith & Feek as having an incredible work ethic.


Diane was married to David Carbaugh on October 1, 2011.  The newlyweds were high school sweethearts and through God’s divine plan were miraculously reacquainted in December 2010 after being apart for 35 years. They experienced much joy in living their dream that earlier was thought to be impossible, and they made the most of every moment spent together with love and devotion.


Diane always placed her children first beyond her own wants. She was very active in her church and enjoyed being a bible study leader.  Baking was a great pleasure and she would often take cookies or brownies to work and to bible study groups.  She loved hiking and enjoyed participating with friends in the yearly Bloomsday Run / Walk in Spokane.  She was passionate about the Seahawks and Huskies as well as the Mariners.  She loved her little dog, Scout.


She walked with the Lord through the many stages of her life.  Diane touched many people through her kind words and actions and tried to live her life as a reflection of God’s love.  She never hesitated to share her confident yet quiet faith with her family and the many friends she met along the way, and by example she led many people to the Lord.


Diane is survived by her loving husband David, children Shaun Ragan, Roseanne Ragan, and Michelle Ragan, sister Karen Nowak and her husband Wally, sister-in-law Geri  Breithaupt and brother-in-law Larry Eaton.  Nieces are Cindy Hagen, Deanna Avalos, Suzie Neilsen, and Valerie Kelly.  Nephews are William Woodward, Jimmy Pemberton, Randy Pemberton, Duane Pemberton, and Darin Pemberton.


She was preceded in death by her sister, Arnola Eaton, her brother, Gerald Breithaupt, and parents Margaret and Virgil Breithaupt.


A viewing will be held from 5 to 8 PM at Barton Funeral Home on Friday February 24, 2012.  They are located at North Park Business Center, 11630 Slater Ave NE Suite 1A, Kirkland. WA.


A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday March 3, 2012 at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church located at 10021 NE 124th Street in Kirkland, WA.


Memorial tributes may be sent to either Holy Spirit Lutheran Church or St. John Vianney Catholic Church located at 12600 84th Avenue NE in Kirkland, WA.


15 Responses to “Diane Kay Carbaugh”

  • Robin McCarthy says:

    Diane was a dear friend and we spent much time discussing the Lord, the Seahawks and the Mariners. She was my prayer partner and I shall miss her so much but I know that she is with God and basking in His Glory. My thoughts and prayers are with her whole family.

  • Susan French says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    I am very sorry for your loss.

    With Deepest Sympathy

  • Wendy Unger says:

    Though I didn’t know Diane personally I worked with her on groups she managed with the insurance carrier I worked for. She was very conscientiousness. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

  • Kelly says:

    I never got to meet your Mom, but I felt as if I knew her from how often you talked about her. Her love for you, as well as for your brother and sister, was fierce. She taught you how to love others and I thank her for that. The way she raised you made you care for others in a way I have never seen before. Please know that there are people all over the world praying for you and your family. The support system you have shows what kind of person your mom raised you to be. Appreciate the time you got to spend with her these last few weeks and remember that she is in a better place, free of suffering and sickness. Keep your head held high and never forget how much you are loved by everyone. Love you ole wooosie

  • David Carbaugh says:

    My Darling Diane:
    Love of my life, best friend and partner to be reunited
    with you after 35 years of being apart since High School. I am grateful that our Lord & Savior kept you
    alive these couple of years so that I could find you.
    It will be extremely lonely here being without you but I
    trust in our Lord and have faith in His Plan. Although
    there is much sadness right now, my heart if filled
    with joy at the prospect of you being in the oompany
    of our Lord. What an amazing thing this must be. I will
    be thinking about you and loving you always. Someday,
    we will be reunited again in Heaven but for now, I
    treasure all the moments we shared here on Earth. With
    much love, your husband, David.

  • Janet Baxter says:

    I am saddened to lose my new sister-in-law after only four months. My brother has been the happiest I have ever seen him, since he reunited with Diane.

    May Diane’s memory be a blessing for you.


  • Gary & Shirley Ross says:

    God bless you all

  • Sheila Dwyer says:

    My good friend Diane. I loved her so and still cannot believe she is gone. I always thought there would be a miracle. She got so weak so fast. We had fun planning her wedding and me and kim giving her a bridal shower and Maureen. We had fun spending her 50 birthday party with her. Kim, diane and me had many happy hour talks and visits. She called me on sundays to make sure i was going to meet her at church. I love her so. Sheila Dwyer

  • Erin Ashley says:

    Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to your family during this sad time. May you find solace in wonderful memories and loving friends.
    From everyone at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

  • Bob Siegfried says:

    Loved working with Diane at Unity GRoup and Regence.
    You will always be remembered and missed by all.
    Heaven is where you are now

  • Debbie Davis says:

    Dear Dave,
    My mom noted Diane’s obituary — we were saddened to read of her passing. I’m glad that you had this great opportunity for marriage, the start of an eternal bond as we are all called to eternal life.

  • Beth (Breithaupt) Ward says:

    I remember Diane from when she was a little girl. She was so sweet.
    It was so good to read about her in the obits.Thanks for sharing her life with us.

    We are praying for the family who are still living here on earth.

    I am Elisabeth (Harold and Roberta’s daughter) and I live in Arkansas.

  • Bonnie Fletcher says:

    To Diane’s children: I did not know her or you but want you to know that through the kindness of Gina Casanova, who was Diane’s aerobic instructer, Scout was brought to me and my daughter, Terri, for fostering while we found him a forever home. I know that Diane knows what we did for him. We found a wonderful home with the Elvsaas In Snoqualmie for Scout and a report we received this morning showed us it was the right move. He is settling in and will be very happy there. If you were concerned about Scout’s well being, this should put your concern at rest.He is a delightful loving animal and deserved a home like the one Diane had given him.

  • Molly, Hopelink says:

    Hi David,

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story over the phone with me today! It is a huge blessing in my life to hear that right now and just what I needed to hear: it’s amazing that this is just a tiny little piece of the amazing strength and beauty that your story has.

    The way you are caring for Diane’s children now is a real testimony to her life and to your love for her. They are very blessed to have you as a father.

    Thank you for sharing! Take care and God bless,

    ~Molly, from Hopelink

  • Violet says:

    You are terrible missed. We worked together and were good friends. We met at Northwest Combined Services and they were great years. We took several business trips together and they are wonderful memories. God bless your new husband and 3 beautiful children. We will watch over them and will see you soon.

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