Sheldon Haugen
Sheldon Haugen

Obituary of Sheldon Haugen

It is with great sadness that I report that my husband, Lee Haugen, passed away during the early hours of the morning, July 10, 2020.  It was a peaceful passing in his own domain.  Lee had been in declining health in recent years, so this was not unexpected, but a shock when it became a reality.


Lee grew up in northern Minnesota on Ely Lake and moved to the Twin Cities to enroll in the theater department at the University of Minnesota.  Always flexible, he then worked in St Paul at Ramsey County Welfare for several years dealing with appeals.


We met and eloped to Japan in 1983, and settled in Ames, where I was on the architecture faculty at Iowa State University.  He finished his undergraduate work in institutional communications and an MS in higher education.  For the remaining decade in Iowa, he worked as an editor and research advisor for the College of Design and then as a Faculty Development Specialist in the university’s Center for Teaching Excellence. His advisories on learning centered syllabi and faculty portfolios were widely used by universities well beyond Iowa.


We retired to Olympia in 2002 and lived in West Mark Condos, with Lee as HOA board president, for 14 years and me as grounds person, what else?  When the state extended civil rights to us, we married in 2013.  Needing more accessible living quarters, we moved to Capitol Lake Towers four years ago. He so enjoyed the company of our neighbors and relatives and the regional medical experts for the support that they extended.


See you in the garden,

Bob Findlay


Photo Note:  Bob and Lee in happier times on a cruise to Juneau


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