Obituary: Douglas Ivar Kerley

Doug Kerley
Doug Kerley
Doug Kerley

The Snohomish County Republican Party (SCRP) announces the passing of Doug Kerley, a resident of Lynnwood, a valued friend, patriot and long-standing Precinct Committee Officer. He passed away after a car accident on July 17, 2016.

The SCRP Chair, Billye Brooks-Sebastiani recalls, “Doug faithfully attended meetings, wrote letters to the editor, crossed the state with candidate signs and stood boldly for this nation and its military.“ Representative Elizabeth Scott describes Doug as a “helpful and supportive friend and campaign volunteer.”

A long-time Associate Member of both the Evergreen Republican Women’s Club and the Snohomish County Republican Women’s Club, Doug was always engaged and informed on local and national issues. A strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, he was quoted as saying: “Every time you give up your freedom over safety, you end up with neither.”

He was also actively engaged in speaking out against some aspects of the redistricting that took place in Washington in 2012.

Douglas Ivar Kerley was born on March 15, 1949. Raised in Ballard, he graduated from Ballard High School in 1967, served in the U.S. Army infantry during the Vietnam era, and worked abroad for military contractors in the late 70’s. His military experience was followed by a job with the University of Washington Campus Police and several years with the US Postal Service.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Laures; son, Paul; and daughter, Elaine. Douglas and his son, Paul, regularly donated blood, exceeding 70 gallons. Paul remembers going with both his parents to the blood bank before he was old enough to understand the importance of doing so.

Doug will be honored at the October meeting of the Evergreen Republican Women’s Club on Oct. 20. For more information about that meeting, click here.


  1. During my tenure on the council, I often talked with Doug about political issues. We often disagreed but I admired his passion. My condolences to his family.

  2. My thoughts are similar to those of Lisa Utter. While some may have questioned Doug’s point of views on occasion, his passion and devotion to our community and our country were unquestionable. I admired Doug’s courage to speak his mind and take a stand for what he believed in. I’m also grateful for Doug’s service to our country…my thoughts are with his family.

  3. I also admired Doug’s passion and willingness to stick to his guns, both figuratively and literally! I appreciated his plainness in speech – saying what was on his mind. I don’t know that I will ever forget his hands-on lesson at the Lynnwood City Council meeting when he brought in his handgun as an object lesson. Thanks for the memories Doug! Condolences to the Kerley Family!

  4. Doug was a very nice person and a good man, always very personable and knowledgeable, generous and good-humored, and a great pleasure to spend time with. I am a fellow militaria collector, and I used to spend a good deal of time chatting with him at militaria collector shows in Portland, Yakima, and Puyallup. He usually ended our conversations with the exhortation to “Rock on!” He was a good man, a brave fellow Vietnam veteran, and I will miss him very much. Rest in Peace, Doug.


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