Owen Durkin

January 27, 2009

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Owen Durkin

Owen Durkin


Owen V. Durkin, of Issaquah, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at Greenwood Point Adult Family Home in Issaquah. He was 96.A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Issaquah. A committal service will follow at 2 p.m. at Holyrood Cemetery, Shoreline. 


Mr. Durkin was born Nov. 25, 1912, in Seattle to Charles and Katherine Durkin. He was raised in Seattle, graduated from Broadway High School in 1932, and attended the University of Washington and Seattle University. In college, he worked for the Merchants Exchange U.S. Shipping Board on the Lake Union Reserve Fleet. Later, he worked with the United States Immigration Service in Seattle as a stenographer.

His working career continued with the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle, ordering machinery and supplies for Alaska. Later, he became an Army comptroller auditor working in St. Louis. He transferred to the U.S. Navy field auditors and worked with them for 10 years, traveling the Pacific Theater doing audits. On July 1, 1969, he retired from the field office at the Maritime Commission in Seattle. 

Owen married Betty Bradshaw on April 3, 1971. They shared many fond memories over the years, which included trips and cruises. No matter where they were, Owen always navigated his way back to the water. 

His hobbies included golfing (he was a member of the Twin Rivers Golf Club), skiing and at one time, he had done ice dancing. He was a former member of the Seattle Skating Club. In his younger years, he served as a caddy at the Broadway Golf Club. Other memberships include the Knights of Columbus, Issaquah Eagles and the Issaquah Elks. 

Survivors include his loving wife Betty, of Issaquah; niece Pamela Woods and nephew David Stratton. 

The family suggests remembrances to the Macular Degeneration Association, P.O. Box 20256, Sarasota, FL 34276. 

Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

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