Duane Quande, 70, longtime owner of Burien City Garage, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at his Burien home on Aug. 17, after a courageous battle with TTR amyloidosis.

Duane, born May 27, 1943, served as past President of the Burien Lions. He operated his garage on Ambaum for 36 years, where he kept his prized, restored 1957 Chevy, which was stolen – then recovered – last year (read about that here).

We met Duane a few times, found him to be a very likeable man, and everyone at The B-Town Blog sends their sympathies to his family, friends, co-workers and customers.

Here’s a video of Duane talking about his business and customers:


According to his obituary:

Duane was very active in the boating community; he built his first boat as a teenager and explored the sound from Three-Tree Point to Blake Island. As an adult he was an officer and teacher for the Poverty Bay Power Squadron and a member of Seattle Yacht Club. Since 1967, Duane and Mary could be found in the San Juan Islands, or Desolation Sound, cruising with friends and family aboard their boats.

The name of his boat, Friendship, personified Duane. He helped anyone, anytime with anything. Every friend became family and every stranger became a friend.

He was past President of the Burien Lions, operated Burien City Garage for 36 years, and was a member of NAPA Auto Care.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Burien Lions Club, 15455 4th Ave. S.W., Burien, WA 98148, or Providence Hospice of Seattle, 425 Pontius Ave. N., Ste. 300, Seattle, WA 98109.

A celebration of Duane’s life will be held this Sunday, Aug. 25, from 3-7 p.m. at the Des Moines Yacht Club. Please click here to share memories, or leave a Comment below…