Douglas Anthony Leonardo

June 17, 1943September 9, 2021

Douglas Anthony Leonardo, age 78, of Everett, Washington passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Douglas was born June 17, 1943.

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Mark Rogstad

September 22, 2021

In 1971 I was a 9th grader moving from a small private school to a large public junior high in Yakima. When Mr. Leonardo opened a karate school near where I lived, I asked my parents if I could take lessons? They approved on two conditions, first that they meet Mr. Leonardo and second that I would have to give up football. Later that year, I would participate in the PNW Karate tournament in Seattle as part of his team.

My dad was a WWII Marine who had long taught me to avoid altercations, but not to run away either, especially if someone else needed help who couldn't help themselves. Of course, he loved that Mr. Leonardo's classes included endless pushups and exercises, but more importantly, he told me how critical it was to listen to what Mr. Leonardo was teaching us about how to handle difficult situations in life (not just when someone was in your face).

I'll never forget the self-confidence, principles and life ethics Mr. Leonardo taught us on that old canvas over sawdust mat and am saddened that I never got the chance to tell him that before he passed.

My sincere condolences to his family.

Mark Rogstad