Aug. 20, 2011
SEATTLE - Washington track and field recently lost one of its family members, as former All-American discus thrower Doug Wollen passed away this week at the age of fifty due to complications from colon surgery. A memorial service to remember and celebrate Mr. Wollen's life will be held Sunday, September 11, 2:00PM, at the Kent Senior Center.
Wollen was a four-year letterwinner from 1979-83 throwing the discus and shot put. In 1982, he had his best season as a junior, finishing second at the Pac-10 Championships with a career-best throw of 201-feet, 8-inches, which still ranks fifth in Washington school history. He went on to the NCAA Championships in Provo, Utah and finished eighth in the discus to earn All-America honors.
He graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in numerical analysis and spent his entire professional career working at Boeing as a project manager for a group developing aeronautical simulation software and design tools. Wollen stayed active in the track and field community, serving as a volunteer throws coach at Kentridge High School for the past several years.
"He was the consummate hard worker at his craft and a real gentleman to know," said Husky Hall of Fame Track & Field Head Coach Ken Shannon, who coached Wollen in his time at UW. "Coaching him for four years was a sheer pleasure."
As a prep, Wollen was a two-time Washington AA State Champion in the discus at Pullman High School.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene, sons Brett and Alec, and daughter Sierra. The family has suggested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Doug's name to either UW Medicine or UW Track & Field.