Douglas C. “Doug” Engelbretson
March 23, 1931 – May 29, 2018
Douglas C. Engelbretson, at the age of 87, went into the arms of his loving Lord on May 29, 2018. Doug was born in Drain, OR, on March 23, 1931, to Leroy and Alice Engelbretson.
Doug spent time in the Army and was a personal bodyguard to General MacArthur during the occupation. After the military, Doug had many jobs before settling on his final career in law enforcement. First, with Snohomish, WA, Police Department with the rank of Sergeant before moving on to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. With ten years and two months, he finished his career as the longest tenured Under Sheriff in Snohomish County history.
The last 20 years was spent in East Wenatchee, WA, enjoying the weather, riding in the car with his wife and other family members, taking trips to Mill Bay several times of the week, and watching the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, westerns and Wheel of Fortune.
He is survived by his wife, Henrietta, and grandson, Antjuan White, of the family home; daughters: Paula Lauterbach of Snohomish, WA, and Linda Davies (Roland) of East Wenatchee, WA; grandchildren: Marvin Lauterbach (Kathy) of Mukilteo, WA, Cindy Fulmer (Geoff) of Snohomish, WA, Anastasia Griggs, William Rivers, Laura Rosenberg (Marc) of Burlington, WA, Jocelyn Emmons (Scott, of Williston, ND, and Jeff Ossman (Jennifer) of Port Orchard, WA; sister, Gene Soderman; sistersin-law: Dolly Engelbretson, and Florence Bepple; greatgrandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Alice Engelbretson; daughter, Karen Engelbretson; granddaughter, Shantelle White; and brothers: Harold and Leon Engebretson, Ken Engelbretson and Donald Fink.
At his request, there will be no services. Memorials can be made in Doug’s honor to the charity of your choice. You are invited to visit www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com to view his online tribute, leave a condolence or share a memory.Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee, WA, is assisting with arrangements.
Life Story for Douglas Engelbretson
On Memorial Day we celebrate the sacrifice of those men and women who have given their lives in service to freedom.
Tonight I'm driving to Wenatchee to send off one of the best men I've ever met, a mentor and example for the kind of person I want to be like. A good and decent man, a true patriot and loyal to the end.
My grandfather stood on the deck of the USS Missouri when the Japanese emperor signed their surrender, as a member of the president's 100.
He gave over 30 years to the people of Snohomish County as a sheriff's deputy, and as the Under Sheriff.
He helped me to stay on the right path early and my Army Career.
Grandpa, your life of service to your country, to your community, to your family is your legacy.
God bless, I hope you have a warrior's welcome at the pearly gates. We will miss you.