Longtime Federal Way leader Doug Clerget dies at 81

From staff reports:

Douglas L. Clerget, a longtime resident who played a key role in Federal Way's effort for cityhood and the creation of St. Francis Hospital, died Jan. 6, 2012. He was 81.

He is preceded in death by his parents and 2 children. He is survived by his wife Faye, 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. According to an obituary on, he was known by many for his philanthropy, business acumen and community service. Early life community service included appointments as a Federal Way water and fire commissioner. He and his wife were declared Citizens of the Century by Federal Way News on Jan. 26, 2000. According to a timeline entry for that date by the Historical Society of Federal Way:

Since Doug arrived in Federal Way in 1958, and started American Concrete, Doug has started several businesses and given boosts to many more. He has served as water commissioner and fire commissioner, was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, belonged to the Kiwanis, served on the King County Transportation Board. Faye came to Federal Way in 1972 when the couple married. She led the effort to bring St. Francis Hospital to the area, was a Chamber of Commerce ambassador for more than 18 years, sat on the board of Festival in the Forest and helped start Centerstage.

A funeral mass will be given at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Saint Andrews Church in Sumner. Rosary services are being held at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Bonney-Watson Federal Way Funeral Home, 1535 SW Dash Point Road. To learn more, call (253) 839-7317.

An online guestbook at contains a few posts about Clerget. One of them from Jan Brazzell reads:

"Dear Faye, I'm so sorry to hear of Doug's passing. He leaves for me vivid memories of an open, genuine, fun and philanthropic heart -- a man of conviction who was far more oriented toward action than talk. And, oh, how his love for you shined brightly for all to see! Please accept my thought and prayers for you and your family during this time of immense loss."


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