8/16/2013 6:06:00 PM Daniel Deane Dougherty, 1930 - 2013
Daniel Deane Dougherty, 1930 – 2013
Daniel Deane Dougherty, 82, of Othello, died Wednesday July 31, 2013, at the Avalon Care Center in Othello. Deane was born Nov. 20, 1930, in Friday Harbor, to Ernest and Marcella (Jakl) Dougherty. He attended grade school at Friday Harbor then graduated from Mt. Vernon High School. He then attended Skagit Valley Junior College. While there, he worked for Stokley Van Camp. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1952 and served as a communication specialist in Seattle and Anchorage. In 1954, Deane married Bonnie Graham. He was discharged in 1956 and attended Washington State College in Pullman, graduating, with a bachelor degree in horticulture in 1958. After graduating he worked as a senior agricultural aide at the Northwest Washington Research Station at Mt. Vernon. In 1960, he moved to Lewiston, Idaho, and worked as a field man for Sea Brook Farms. In 1965, he moved to Moses Lake and worked as a field man and potato buyer for American Potato Co., and worked for Country Garden. Also in 1965, Deane drew one of the last GI Farm Units and developed unit 137B/H21 on the Wahluke Slope. Deane and Bonnie's union ended in 1967. In 1969, he married Jerry Ipson. He went to work as a potato buyer, then for P.J. Taggares. He and a group of friends opened Northwest Seed Co. in Mt. Vernon, which operated for several years before moving in a different direction. Deane then worked with Alf Christianson Seed Company managing the production of up to several thousand acres of small vegetable seeds annually in the Columbia Basin with a milling operation in Quincy and a receiving area in Othello. In 1980, Deane entered into a very successful partnership with L.B.J. Farms, growing hybrid carrot seed, as well as other vegetable seeds. In 1984, he bought three farm units south of Othello, where he farmed until losing his sight. Deane enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. He especially enjoyed his trips to Winnemucca, Nev., for gambling. He was always proud of developing one of the first units on the Wahluke Slope from sagebrush into irrigated farmland. Deane was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jerry, a daughter Lacey Lynn and a son David. He is survived by his sons James Deane (Janice) Dougherty, of Renton, and Arthur Ipson, of Eclectic, Ala.; and his daughters Rhonda (Mickey) Hoots, of Othello, and Sherri Dougherty, of Rome, Italy. Memorial services will be held in Othello Aug. 18, please check the funeral home or the web site for time and location. Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Chapel. Please visit stevensfuneralchapel.com to sign the guest book and to leave a note for the family.