Douglas Andrew Anderson
Jul 27, 1939 – May 5, 2017
Douglas A. Anderson was born July 27, 1939 in Yakima, Washington to his parents Bernard and Vickie Anderson. He joined brother, Kenneth, and was later joined by his sister Bernadine. The family moved to Soap Lake, Washington when Doug was in junior high school and he graduated from Ephrata High School.
In 1957 he started college at what was then Pacific Lutheran College in Tacoma. In the fall of 1959 he met the love of his life, Joan Patterson. After graduating from college, he went to Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He and Joan were married in June 1963, enjoying almost 54 years of marriage. They moved frequently the first ten years of their marriage. Their first son, Duane, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1965, and their second son, Mark was born near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where Doug was serving in his first parish.
In 1969, Doug felt a calling to be able to work more intensely with families, and the family drove east with the boys playing in the back seat and pulling a trailer to Boston where Doug studied at Boston University in pastoral psychotherapy and earned his Ph.D. in 1973. While there he served as pastor in a Quaker church in Rhode Island.
The family then returned to the northwest, and Doug started working at Presbyterian Counseling Service and also taught a few classes at Pacific Lutheran University. Eventually Doug, along with Joan, who had completed counseling training helped establish a counseling program as part of Lutheran Family and Child Services. Later the group of counselors there started Lutheran Counseling Network. Doug spent most of his career there except for nine-years at Presbyterian Counseling Service (PCS) where he served as executive director. During the time he was at PCS he helped start a marriage and family training program. He also taught at Seattle Pacific and Seattle Universities in both marriage and family therapy and pastoral counseling.
Doug enjoyed his career immensely, working almost up to the end. He even had a supervision group come to his hospital room the first week of his hospitalization! He loved and was loved by his many students, clients, and supervisees/mentees. He was a prolific reader of books and enjoyed writing and sharing summaries of many of them and sharing the ideas with many people. He belonged to American Association of Pastoral Counselors and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
He and Joan enjoyed traveling to many places. Doug especially enjoyed visiting family in Norway and visiting places where both his grandfather and Joan’s grandparents had lived.
Doug was a great lover of beauty, especially of beauty in nature. His favorite place to visit was Lake Louise in Alberta where he and Joan visited many times and enjoyed great hikes there. His other favorite places to enjoy nature were Mt. Rainier and the Oregon coast.
He and Joan belonged to Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines for over 40 years and had a wonderful support network of friends who continue to support Joan. Doug told us he wasn’t afraid to die but did not want to leave Joan. We all have confidence that he has been welcomed to his heavenly home and are glad that he has gone to his eternal home.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother. He is survived by his wife Joan, sons Duane of Deer Park, WA and Mark (Kristina) of Mead WA, five grandchildren: Zac (Kialey) Courtney (Justin), Kira, Maria and Grace Anderson and four great grandchildren: Violet and Lukas Anderson, and Jade and Declan Taub.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances to Lutheran Counseling Network (2415 S. 320th St., Federal Way, WA 98003), Grace Lutheran Church, Des Moines, WA, or a charity of your choice.
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