My father, Gordon J. Dickson
Port Ludlow, WA
Gordon Dickson died at home after a brave battle with bladder cancer at the age of 78. He was born in Oceanside, CA and graduated from University High School in West Los Angeles in 1953. While in the U.S. Army, he trained as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division in Alaska. His career began at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, CA, and he went on to become an electronics engineer with McDonnell Douglas. After 35 years, Gordon took an early retirement and moved to Newcastle, WA, where he was hired as a systems analyst at Boeing. In 2002 Gordon and his wife, Marilyn, built their home in Port Ludlow, where he developed Olympic Ridge Wireless, an internet service provider business.
In his California days Gordon was a motorcyle enthusiast, enjoying motocross and desert enduro racing. He was a long time holder of a Ham Radio license with the call sign W6CNL. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, Gordon found a new love of boating, and became a member of Meydenbauer Bay and Poulsbo Yacht Clubs. He was an avid predicted log racer winning many trophies to display on SeaBear II. Gordon also served as Commodore of the International Power Boating Association.
Always proud of his Scottish heritage, Gordon enjoyed a number of trips to his father’s native land. His travels included many other countries, and he especially liked taking cruises and winter motorhome trips to the Southwest. He adored his Portuguese Water Dogs, and his favorite activities included golfing and helping friends solve computer problems.
Gordon was a gentle, kind, generous, and loving man, who will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Gordon is survived by his wife of 33 years, Marilyn, children Tracy and Grant Dickson, stepchildren Karen and Kevin Edwards, and grandchildren Alex, Aaron, Matthew, Carolyn, Nolan, and Grace.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the doctors and nurses at the University of Washington Medical Center and to the nurses and caregivers at Jefferson Healthcare and Hospice for the kindness and excellent care Gordon received.
A memorial service and reception to celebrate Gordon’s life will be held 1-4pm Sunday, November 10 at:
Poulsbo Yacht Club
18129 Fjord Dr
NE, Poulsbo, WA.