Douglas Paul Gordner was born September 7, 1946 in Yakima, WA. He passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack August 29, 2018 at age 71. Doug graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1966. He married Cecilia Pieti and had two sons he was very proud of. He soon found his lifelong passion when he was hired on with the Yakima Fire Department in 1969. Midway through his firefighting career he met the love of his life, Linda Aspevig. He and Linda were inseparable from that moment on. They were married at Central Lutheran Church in Yakima on Sept. 19, 1987. Doug was forced to retire due to medical reasons after 30 years of service. He continued to serve on the LEOFF Pension Board until his death.
Doug and Linda enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Mexico, the Orient, and other exotic places with friends and his in-laws Paul and Wilma Aspevig. There were many cross country bike trips including a 70 mile trip on his 70th birthday. Doug enjoyed fishing trips to Rife Lake with his buddies, along with poker games with high school friends and the occasional trip to a casino. Doug enjoyed the outdoors whether mushroom hunting, snow or water skiing, target shooting, golf, or cooking for friends and family
Friends were a very important part of his life. He was always there for them as they were for him, especially the last days of his life.
Doug is survived by his wife of 32 years, Linda Gordner, his son, David (Amanda) Gordner, and his grandchildren, Benjamin and Cecilia. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Wilma Aspevig, brothers-in-law, Jerome (Sharon) Aspevig, and Monte Aspevig, sister-in-law Carol Gordner, his sister Barbara Andrews, and numerous nieces and nephews as well as other in-laws.
Doug was preceded in death by his father Cecil Thacker, his mother Lillian Schrock, his brother Ken Gordner, his sister Donna Reidinger, his son Greg Gordner, his granddaughter Cassidy Gordner, and his father-in-law Paul Aspevig.
A viewing will take place at Central Lutheran Church from 9-11 a.m. on September 4th, with a memorial service at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon. Burial service will commence at 2 p.m. at West Hills Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given in his memory to Central Lutheran Church or the Yakima Greenway.