Donald Dale Perkins was born July 12, 1930 in Seattle Washington to parents Evelyn G. Vander Yacht and Sam H. Perkins.
He passed peacefully at home in Lynden Washington on July 15. Don is survived by his dear wife Virginia.
Don is also survived by sister-in-law Valerie Scott of Tobermory, Ontario, Canada and many members of the large Vander Yacht family. His mother left the family farm on Axling Road in 1920 for Seattle.
As a little boy and first great grandchild he often visited his grandparents Henry and Ila (Boice) Vander Yacht and continued to be drawn here often throughout the years and only missing a Christmas when unwell or out of state.
To move back here in 1999 seemed perfectly normal.
As a Seattle native Don attended Roosevelt High School graduating in 1948. He attended the University of Washington for three years until he received an early offer from Stanford Law school and excepted in 1951.
He graduated with a law degree in 1954 then was called up for two years of military service in the Army toward the end of the Korean War.
After retirement from the IRS office in Seattle he enjoyed cruises and continued skiing, boating, symphony attendance, Mariner games and very definitely all things Husky.
Don took a special interest in history, geography, and geology. He enjoyed boating on the Puget Sound and the BC waters in his 42-foot yacht cruiser ”Springtide” for many years. Don was a member of the Queen City Yacht Club for 49 years. With his faith of receiving God‘s gift of eternal life, grace and redemption he had no fear and was ready to let go. He very much enjoyed going to the Dutch Treat in the morning listening and learning. He was well read and enjoyed the varied conversations.
A memorial gathering and coffee time is set for Saturday, July 24 in the Gillies Funeral Home Chapel from 2 to 4 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.