1946 — 2018
Michael J. Dugaw, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away Friday, Dec. 28 in Longview. He had an enormous impact on the community through his 40 years of teaching at Lower Columbia College (LCC), service to the Boy Scouts of America, and as a board member of the Cowlitz Historical Society.
Michael enjoyed sharing his love of history and the outdoors with others. As a scoutmaster, he led camping and hiking trips. For many summers he dedicated his time to the Boy Scout Camp Meriwether in Tillamook, Ore. Scouts fondly remember him as the director of the black powder gun range and Lewis and Clark reenactment area. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and reader. He enjoyed spending time outdoors with his dogs and taking children and grandchildren out to fish. He helped with the recent redesign of the Cowlitz Historical Museum and gave public lectures on topics ranging from “Northwest Manhunts” to Woody Guthrie.
At LCC, he taught communications, history, and coached the LCC Fighting Smelt Speech and Debate team. Under Michael’s leadership the Fighting Smelt had great success at many regional and national tournaments. His debaters fondly remember their “Sir,” who was more than a debate coach to them. He readily dispensed no-nonsense life advice in his own gruff but caring way. He taught them how to think, analyze an argument, and every debate trip included a stop at a museum, a ballpark or a civil war site. He was a supporter of LCC athletics and you could always find him at the baseball games with his dog.
Michael was born in Seattle, but later his family moved to Chehalis, WA where he graduated from W.F. West High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Portland and his graduate degree at Washington State University.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; siblings John, Kathy and Susi Dugaw; children Sean and Chris Dugaw, Carly Faul, Roger McCrary, and Sara McCart; and his grandchildren, Avery, Manon, Ettia, Alicia and Larissa Dugaw, Brady and Anderson Faul, and Mallory and Lilly McCart.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy; and his parents, John “Jack” and Marjorie Dugaw.
A celebration of Michael’s life is planned for 1 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Health & Science building at Lower Columbia College.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the LCC Foundation Forensics Scholarship on behalf of Mike Dugaw.