December 30, 1939 – April 27, 2022

Douglas Gorden Sr., 82, a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, died peacefully on April 27, 2022 at McKay Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Soap Lake, Washington. Douglas was born on December 30, 1939, to Leroy and Jeanette Gorden in Portland, Arkansas. He was one of seven children.

As a young man, Douglas traveled across the country to work in agriculture. In the early 1960s he moved to Othello, Washington and met the love of his life, Helen Botley. On March 10, 1963, they married and moved to Moses Lake, Washington, making it their forever home. Together they had two children, Douglas Jr. and Leah.

Douglas held many different jobs and traveled the country. Douglas worked as a farm laborer and railroad worker and also worked in local processing plants in the area. He also enjoyed hobby farming where he raised pigs and cows. His main career was working at the Wanapum Dam for the PUD. He retired after 30 years of service.

Douglas loved the Lord and became a deacon. He had a passion for working in the church and helping people; he was one of the founding members of the Missionary Baptist Church of Galilee. He will be remembered for his love of Christ, his caring heart and his wisdom.

Family was very important to Douglas. He enjoyed attending his children’s parties and volunteering whenever he had the chance. When his two grandchildren arrived, Midori and Wayne, it became grandpa’s daycare. He could always be seen with his rainbow suspenders taking his grandchildren to school and attending their activities. Douglas is survived by his wife, two children and two grandchildren.

The Celebration of Life will be held May 6, 2022 at the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church with a visitation at 10 a.m. and a service at 11 a.m. A reception will also be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Christian Alliance Church of Moses Lake.

Please express your thoughts and memories at The arrangements are in the custody of Kayser’s Chapel of Memories of Moses Lake, Washington.

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