Larry Don Johnson, M.D.

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Larry Don Johnson, M.D.

johnsonLarry Johnson, age 68, passed away, with his usual calmness and grace, in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 13.
A guitar-playing Texas cowboy at heart, Larry was born in Texas to farmers Estelle and Oscar Johnson. He attended high school in Alpine, Texas, working the hot summers as a ranch hand at the Rattlesnake Mountain Ranch near Big Bend National Park. After winning a science scholarship, he attended college at Oklahoma University and then medical school at the University of Texas in San Antonio. He joined the army as a flight surgeon, and he (and his wonderful wife Donna) fell in love with Washington state upon being stationed at Madigan Army Hospital at Fort Lewis. He joined Glen Stuhring, MD at Woodinville Family Practice in 1983 and they started Woodinville Urgent Care.

Larry loved good coffee (he roasted his own with a heat gun in an old dog bowl!), fishing, hiking and camping, and solving engineering puzzles around the house. He mentored his three daughters with great love and wisdom, and adored his eight grandchildren.

“Dr. J” brought an intuitive understanding and gentleness to his practice of family medicine that won him much love and loyalty from generations of patients. He was, as his beloved nephew Kenny Johnson put it, “a man of science guided by spiritual teachings. He had a love of nature and appreciation of God’s handiwork. He believed goodness and kindness is good for the body and the soul.”

After being diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in the summer of 2013, just one month after retiring to Whidbey Island, Larry continued to live every day as though he would live another 20 years, with cheerfulness and song. He was deeply grateful to the team of oncologists who helped him keep his cancer at bay for longer than would have been possible just a few years ago.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father and two brothers, Marvin and Vernon.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Donna, who nursed him in his final illness; his three daughters (Shannon, Tamra and Kristin); eight grandchildren (Kristopher, Matthew, Elijah, Levi, Ryan, Aidan, Ashlyn and Thomas, plus one more on the way); and his much beloved extended family in Tenino, Washington and in Texas.

A celebration of Larry’s life will be held at Washington Cathedral (12300 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE, Redmond, WA 98052) on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. Western attire welcome but not required.

Please feel free to share memories on Larry’s page at Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the American Cancer Society at, or a charity of your choice.

Kimberly Sue Davidson McBride

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Kimberly Sue Davidson McBride, 43, passed away of sudden cardiac arrest on Sept. 5, 2014 at her home in Duvall. She is survived by her husband, Douglas Todd McBride; children Nathan (15), Benjamin (13), and Meredith (10); as well as brother Jeffrey Edward Davidson; parents Lynn and Sue Davidson; and many loving family members from the McBride and Davidson families. She is preceded in death by her little twin sisters, Deborah and Dana.

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Maria Provvidenza Truglio

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Truglio 2cMaria ObitpicMaria Provvidenza Truglio, 94, of Stanwood, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. She was born Nov. 23, 1919 in Castelvetrano, Sicily, Italy, the daughter of the late Guisseppi and Antonina (Brazzamano) Russotto. Maria married Stefano Truglio on April 1, 1944. He preceded her in death on Feb. 12, 2004. She is survived by a son, Joseph Truglio and wife Suzie; three grandchildren, Ted Truglio and wife Sarah, Jennifer Truglio-Patrick and husband Shad and Hilary Truglio-Storey and husband Ryan; and six great-grandchildren, Jack, Ellie, Cole, Hudson, Alexie and Charlie. A celebration of Maria’s life will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 at Life Celebrations by Washelli, 18224 103rd Avenue NE, Bothell, WA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maria’s name to the Zonta Club of Everett Foundation, P.O. Box 5204, Everett, WA 98206.

Frances G. Smith

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Smith051Frances G. Smith of Woodinville passed away in her sleep Tuesday morning, Sept. 23, 2014.

She was born in Chicago on March 5, 1934, and moved to Washington in 1980. She was a Woodinville resident for 28 years.

Prior to moving to Washington, Frances taught school in Chicago. Once in Washington, she taught at Woodinville Montessori School. Frances’ passion was dance. She studied dance in Chicago and was at ease on the dance floor, be it ballroom or modern dance. Frances was active throughout her life. She was taking Zumba and Aero Flex three times a week prior to her stroke two years ago.

She is survived by her husband Bruce and her daughters Kimberlyn and Mariana. The service will be private.

Lena D. Smith

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Lena D. Smith, a longtime resident of Duvall, passed away Sept. 5, 2014 at the Regency Care Center in Monroe after a lengthy illness. She was born Nov. 12, 1915 in Union, Ore. to William Louis and Kathleen Lydia (Thompson) Snively. She lived in Oregon, Idaho and Washington, moving to the Cherry Gardens area of Duvall in 1943.

Lena was preceded in death by her parents; several siblings; three husbands, William D. Howes; Harley E. Lankins and W. Albert R. Smith; and two grandsons.

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