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1811 NE 16th Ave #A
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-675-3447
Fax: 360-682-2359
Dorrel Quinton

Dorrel Burt Quinton

Friday, November 13th, 1931 - Monday, April 1st, 2019
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Dorrel B. Quinton passed away on April 1, 2019 at the age of 87.

Dorrel was born on November 13, 1931 in Cardston, Alberta, Canada. He was the first of seven children born to Virgil and Nedra (Burt) Quinton. At the age of fourteen, Dorrel and his family immigrated to Spokane, Washington and he became a dual citizen.

After graduating from Central Valley High School, he began working for his Uncle Dee and Uncle Myron as an apprentice electrician where he learned a trade that would become an integral part of his career. A few years later he was drafted into the United States Navy and became a member of the VP-1 Electric Shop and was assigned to the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island in Washington State.

During his military service Dorrel served in the South Pacific for four months on the island of Kwajalin where the hydrogen bomb tests of 1956 were being conducted. Shortly after returning to Whidbey he met Gail Irene Anderson from Seattle. Two years later they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on July 8, 1958 and together they settled in Oak Harbor and raised seven children.

Upon an honorary discharge from the U.S. Navy Dorrel worked for Whidbey Electric as a journeyman electrician, and eventually became an independent commercial and residential electrical contractor which he did for the remainder of his career. During this time Dad was known by many as the “Whistling Electrician,” “Sparky the Electrician,” and many other names. He was friendly, outgoing, and loved by everyone that knew him. He had an infectious laugh, a booming voice and a joy-filled personality.

Dorrel’s personal life was also filled with many years of service to his church as well as his community. He served two separate terms as a Bishop in the Oak Harbor Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and one term as a counselor to R. Kirk Wilson in the Mount Vernon Stake Presidency of the same church. Dorrel loved people, was full of life, and dedicated his life to the service of others.

Dorrel is preceded in death by his daughter Suzanne Marie Quinton in 1967 and his granddaughter Taylor Leigh Quinton in 1999. He is survived by his wife Gail Quinton and his six living children: Cori Anglin, Lisa Jones, Bradley Quinton, Benjamin Quinton, Julie Snow, and Robert Quinton. Dorrel is also survived by three brothers: Bryce Quinton, Deloy Quinton, and Tracy Quinton, and two sisters: Judith Rigby and Linda Hawkins. Dorrel and Gail are the grandparents of 33 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Dorrel are to be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 5th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 201 N.E. O’Leary Street in Oak Harbor. Interment will be held at the Maple Leaf Cemetery.
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  • Service

    Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 5th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    Address
    201 NE OLeary St
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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  • Interment

    Location
    Maple Leaf Cemetery
    Address
    1961 NE 16th Ave
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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    Military honors will be provided under the auspices of the NAS Whidbey Island Navy Honor Guard.

Affiliations

  • American
  • Canadian
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • NAS Whidbey Island
  • US Navy

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Margaret Foster Humphries

Posted at 08:41pm
When I was thinking about moving up here to Whidbey Island; I called the LDS Church to see if there was a church on the island. Dorrel Quinton was the person I spoke to and he was so inviting right then I decided I would take the job offer. When got here he just helped me with so many things. I will always be thankful to him for the love and concern he showed to my children and me during our trying times. He was like a father to me; I am also thankful for his wife too.
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Staci Pulver

Posted at 06:23pm
Dorrel Quinton had an amazing way of telling a story or getting important thoughts across. As a teenager, I always looked forward to our youth group "firesides" where he was the main speaker. His voice, facial expressions, and how he could smile with his eyes, not only conveyed to me how much he cared about what he was saying, but also kept me captivated the whole time. No small task where teenagers are concerned! An amazing man with an amazing legacy. My sincere condolences to his family and countless loved ones.
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Rick Widdison

Posted at 11:42am
My association with Dorrel has been for the last 31 years. We served on several stake leadership positions and would ride together to our meetings in Mount Vernon. We also worked professionally for several years. On New Year’s Eve/Day in 1991/92 I directed a youth dance. On the way home at 2:30am we were riding home when with no warning we were hit head-on by a car with no lights on going the wrong way on our side of the freeway. My wife and myself and the five passengers were all taken to the hospital. These passengers were taken care of and my wife and I were sitting alone in a hospital treatment room, wondering what we should do. It was now 3:00am and our only vehicle was demolished and who should we see: Dorrel Quinton. Surprised, I asked: “What are YOU doing here?” Seemingly surprised himself he said to me, “What are YOU doing here?” I told him about our accident. He then said that he had been asleep in his home and an angel of God woke him and told him that he was to go to the Emergency Room in the hospital in Anacortes, then left. He then took us home. There is much more to this story but the most important part is to say that Dorrel was a man of God who was, as the Savior said, of another disciple of old, “...he is a man without guile; who may be trusted because of the integrity of his heart; and for the love which he has for me, and I, the Lord, love him.”
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Don Pein

Posted at 02:38pm
Dorrel was as has been stated in his obituary an awesome man, with a heart for all people. I always knew when Dorrel was in our plant, by his laugh and booming voice. He will always have a loving place in my heart. My prayers are with his family at this time.
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