Donald John Tessen

Jul 21, 1928 – Jan 21, 2019

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Donald was born July 21, 1928 in Weauwega, WI and passed away at the age of 90 in his home on January 21st. He was being cared for by his family at the time of his passing.


Donald moved with his wife, Beverly and young son Mark to Seattle in 1952. He worked briefly for Boeing and became a volunteer Fire Fighter with King County District 11. ( He Was a Life Time Member)


Don was hired by The Port Of Seattle Fire Dept and retired in 1984 as a lieutenant after 25 years of service.


After retirement he enjoyed time with family in Cle Elum with his sons, annual fishing trips, and of course drums. 


He was preceded in death by his parents: William and Isabel,wife:Beverly,and brother Larry.


Don is survived by his 4 sons: Mark, Jeff, Bryon, and Bradley along with his daughter in laws: Roberta, Shirley, and Cathy. Also 2 nieces: Linda Forcey, and Joanne Tessen from Neenah, WI.


He was a devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed by all who loved him.


Family grave site burial to follow services.


Chuck Eley
Tacoma, Washington
Feb 1, 2019

Have many fond memories of Don during our years in the fire Dept. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Bradley Tessen
Seattle, Wa
Feb 1, 2019

Daryl Pederson
Yuma, AZ
Jan 31, 2019

I enjoyed working with Don for several years. Rest in peace

Terry Nelsen Bouck
Billings, MT
Jan 31, 2019

Uncle Don was a wonderful person with a kind heart and caring sole. I will always remember what Don and Beverly did for our family when my dad passed away at an early age and again when my stepdad passed away.

I know that Uncle Don will be missed by many, however, we will all have a myriad of wonderful memories to remember him by....thoughts and prayers for my cousins Mark, Jeff, Bryon, Brad and their families.

Terry Bouck

Josie Goerger
Steilacoom, WA
Jan 31, 2019

Don was a wonderful, sweet man. My sincere condolences to the family. He will be missed.

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