Andre G. Lavigueure of North Bend, WA loving husband to Linda L. Lavigueure and dad to their little dog “Bear”, passed away on November 19, 2019. Andre was born on September 20, 1935 to Rene and Rose Lavigueure. He is survived by his loving wife Linda and 9 children Gilbert (Gaye) Lavigueure, Jacqueline (Mike) (Lavigueure) Coudare, Melody (Jon) (Marum) Williams, Michael “Mike” Lavigueure, Michelle (Jon) (Lavigueure) Burdick, Thomas (Ellen) Marum, Andre (Becky) Lavigueure, Louie (Shelley) Lavigueure, Tammy (Brian) (Marum) Hayes, Three Brothers Paul (Claire) Lavigueure, Ron (Sharon) Lavigueure, Rene (Virginia) Lavigueure, 26 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, Andre is preceded in death by his sons Andre Lavigueure and Mark B. Marum, and his grandson Philip Daniel Andre Coudare.
Andre went to elementary school in Michigan and then moved with his parents and three younger brothers to Bellingham, WA. Living on Lake Whatcom, Andre graduated from Bellingham High School in 1953. Following graduation, knowing he would be drafted into service, he selected the Navy to join for four years, having such a love for the water. He worked hard and entered the elite program as a hard hat diver which is comparable to today’s Navy Seal.
After serving in the United States Navy, Andre entered the School of Forestry at the University of Washington and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1961. Andre then started working for the United States Forest Service where he had many notable experiences. Andre bought a plane a Piper PA 16 three-wheeler and flew it to and from work from a nearby airport when living in Eastgate. While Andre was employed by the U.S Forest Service, he was a ski patrol officer at Snoqualmie Summit and was on the team who developed the Snoqualmie summit and Alpental in the 1960s. He held the position of determining whether people were permitted to ski based on the conditions at the Snoqualmie pass. Andre was an excellent skier. He truly enjoyed the winter months when he could ski. He fondly spoke of taking his children skiing there while he worked up there.
Andre loved working for himself so when he decided to leave the Forest Service he moved to Duvall and opened a business called Eastside Boats. He made and sold McKenzie river drift boats from fiberglass and wood. He also worked as a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay, AK during the summer months of 1966 to 1997. He was successful at this and was an original Bristol Bay permit holder. He taught his sons Thomas, Gilbert, Michael, Mark, Andre and son in law Jon how to fish. They really learned hard work. Michael and Thomas were his last crew to work for him in Bristol Bay. While in Alaska he founded and built “Katmai Fish Camp”. He sold this in the early 90s.
In the mid 1990s Andre and Linda started and operated Log Cabin Creations. It was a successful business which Brian his son in-law and daughter Tammy were partners with them building Log and rustic furniture on their property for eleven years. Andre never liked sitting still and always had new plans to build or create something new and inspired many to do the same. He had a great love for boats. One of many boats he built was a 42 ft wood Schooner he named the Kylokirmar which he named after his four grandchildren who lived in his neighborhood.
He owned lots of other boats and loved naming them after his wife Linda. They both enjoyed many trips on the Tim Buc ll going to Canada and the San Juan Islands which were his favorite destinations. He was such a brave, wise, peacemaking, persevering, kind, and loving man. On August 8, 1982 he married his true love Linda after courting her for many years. They had a love like no other and were true best friends. They built their log home on the South Fork river of the Snoqualmie River and completed it in 1989. A stellar husband, brother, dad, papa, grandpa, uncle and friend.
Donations may be made to the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Foundation or the Childrens Hospital. Viewing will be held on November 30th at 2:00-4:00pm at Flintoft’s mortuary in Issaquah, WA. Services will be held at Mt. Si Lutheran Church on December 7th at 12:30pm with burial at Mt Si cemetery in North Bend and a reception to follow at Mt Si Lutheran church. Andre’s family wishes to thank you all for prayers and condolences sent to them.