Joseph Davenport Lindgren

May 13, 2014

By Contributor

Joseph Davenport Lindgren, a 51-year resident of the Pine Lake/Sammamish area, was born Feb. 9, 1929, in Warwick, N.Y. He passed away Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.

As a young man, Joe visited Washington state and fell in love with the Northwest and stayed.

Joseph Davenport Lindgren

Joseph Davenport Lindgren

He worked at Alcoa in Wenatchee for a time and attended Wenatchee Valley College. He transferred to Central Washington College at Ellensburg and graduated with a teaching degree in 1959. He got a job teaching in the elementary schools on Mercer Island working with fourth- and fifth-graders. He spent his entire teaching career there and retired in 1990.

On Dec. 17, 1960, he married Deloris Shrable, from Brewster. They were married 53 years.

As a young adult, Joe committed his life to Christ. He was a longtime member of Eastridge Church in Issaquah.

Joe is survived by his wife Deloris; son Allan, of Bothell; daughters Patti (Craig) Harper, of Omak, and Sandi (Nathan) Smith, of Spokane. Three grandchildren survive — Jayson and Linda Harper, of Omak, and Javin Smith, of Spokane.

A memorial service is at 1:30 p.m. May 22 at Eastridge Church, 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road, in Issaquah.

His last few days were spent at Evergreen Hospice Care Center in Kirkland. The family was extremely blessed with the care and attention given to Joe.

Instead of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Evergreen Hospice Care Center, 12040 N.E. 128th St., Kirkland, WA 98034-3098, or charity of choice.

Services are entrusted to Barnes Chapel of Brewster. Please leave your memories and condolences for the family at

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