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2015-05-04 :: On May 4th, 2015 and after a wonderful & full life, Don Fortune passed away. Please see our Don Fortune Memorial section for more details. https://www.discoveryourgifts.org/?getpage=DonFortuneMemorial ...
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In Memorial

Donald Walter Fortune        Feb. 24, 1927 --- May 4, 2015


Don Fortune passed away on May 4, 2015 at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Washington, and went to the place prepared for him in heaven by Jesus and is now enjoying wonderful reunions with relatives and friends there.  He was 88.

Don is survived by his wife (me) Katie Tarbill Fortune and three children:  Linda and her son, Jonathan and his son, Ethan. David and his wife Annette and their children, Jack, Sam and Kate, Dan and his wife Ileana and their daughter, Abri. 

A long-term resident of Kingston, the past year Don lived in Harbor House in Poulsbo due to complications of a condition called hydrocephalus which limited his walking and short term memory and required 24/7 care.  

Don was born in Jerome, Idaho. His parents were Walter Fortune and Lettie Huddleston Fortune.  He had two older sisters Audrey and Pauline.  In his junior year Don's family moved to Seattle where he precipitated in track, football, band and orchestra at Ballard High School. 

After graduation he joined the US Marine Corps.  He became one of two marines assigned to the aircraft carrier the SS Saratoga  He also served on the USS Dayton and the USS Pickaway. Later,  Don was called from the Reserves back to active duty in Korea.  In 1951 Don went to work for the US Postal Service and was a letter carrier in north Seattle for 30 years.

In January 1962 Don and I met in the church office over a cup of coffee at Sand Point Community Church which was on his route and where I worked.  It was love at first sight.  We both knew we were each other's answer to prayer for a mate.  We were married four months later on June 1, 1962.  

We moved to Edmonds, Washington where we lived for 33 years and raised our family.  We were actively involved in Christian life and ministry, serving at Esperance Baptist Church, Harvest Time Church, Christ Church of Northgate, Life Community Church and Cornerstone Foursquare Church.  Don was often an elder and a leader of our home groups.

During these years we also developed a personal ministry, now called Discover Your Gifts.  We co-authored three books based on the Romans 12:6-8 gifts, that are the 7 giftings given to people by God that equips them to be who they are and do what they are created and destined to do.  Our first book, Discover Your God-Given Gifts, has remained a best-seller for 28 years and has given us the opportunity to team teach our seminar on the subject across the U.S. and Canada and in 38 nations of the world over the past 40 years.

Twenty years ago we moved to Kingston, Washington, where we built our home on Apple Tree Point.  We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary three years ago.  This coming June 1 would have been our 53rd anniversary.  But now we plan to celebrate Don's life and memory in two locations, since we have lived on both sides of Puget Sound.  The first will be on Saturday, May 30, at 11:00 a.m. at the Northlake Church, 19029 North Road, Bothel 98012.  The second will be Sunday, May 31 at 4:00 p.m. at Bayside Community Church, 25992 Barber Cut-Off Road, Kingston 98346. Please join us if you can.

Don's favorite things were: serving God, travel, teaching, meeting people, giving encouragement and missionary support.  He was truly a man of faith, and prayer, a loving husband, a wonderful father and grandfather and a dependable and encouraging friend. We will miss him.

Don's vision and desire was to get our teaching and testing on line so that more people around the world could discover their God-given gifts.  So we are establishing a Don Fortune Memorial Fund to help bring his vision into reality.

You can contribute at:
http://www.gofundme.com/v7us5wg