Celebration of life Saturday for Don Lenning, 1946-2013

A memorial is planned Saturday (August 24th) to remember Don Lenning, a lifelong West Seattle resident who died this week at age 66. Here’s a remembrance shared by his family:

Donald Gene Lenning
December 4, 1946 – August 19, 2013

Don graduated from West Seattle High School in 1965 and remained a lifelong resident of West Seattle. He was a University of Washington Graduate and served his country honorably in the Vietnam War.

Don is survived by his wife Kris and daughter Alexa. He is also survived by three sisters, Audrey Anderson, Margaret Norberg, and Loretta Kirby, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Don fought a long and courageous battle against cancer; he recently led his Sundancers team at the West Seattle Relay for Life event.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to his caregivers including Dr. Milder and the Swedish Medical Center staff. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society

There will be a Celebration of Life Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the West Seattle Golf Course. Don was an avid golfer.

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2 Replies to "Celebration of life Saturday for Don Lenning, 1946-2013"

  • Mike G August 21, 2013 (12:38 pm)

    I lived across the street from Don for almost 20 years and our neighborhood was a better place because of him. One of our other neighbors once referred to him as the boss of the neighborhood. And a good boss he was – always there if you needed a hand, always a gentleman, watched out for your kids, could fix anything and was always a good resource for all things home owner-ish, and despite being ill for several years, was always upbeat and busy with one project or another.
    We’ll miss you Don. Our neighborhood will be a lesser place in your absence. And thank you for always being there when we needed you.

  • Jim Dillow August 22, 2013 (8:19 am)

    I met Don through my father-in-law who managed the White Center Liquor Store. Don became his third son, and was nicknamed “Junior”, you could find the two of them discussing am array of topics at the kitchen table over a glass of Scotch which they both enjoyed.
    Five years ago, deciding to take up golf again, I ran into Don at Puetz Golf. He offered to play, and we have many times since, starting a relationship that became a good friendship.
    Every time we played, the subject always turned to his daughter, Alexa, a proud Dad he was.
    My family extends the deepest sympathy to Kris and Alexa in their loss.
    He will be greatly missed.

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