Douglas John Heck

June 28, 1956April 11, 2021

Douglas John Heck, Pastor and Father, passed in his home on Sunday, April 11, 2021 from a long bout with Leukemia. Doug was born June 28,1956 in the small town of Galesburg, Illinois and at six months of age traveled with his missionary family to live the next nine years of life in Japan. As a boy they returned to the US and he grew up living in various states across the country as a “Pastor’s kid.” As a young man he pursued a call of God to study and become a Pastor. After college he married Ellen Elizabeth Dickson. They began a life together in ministry in Eugene Oregon. Two years later, he pulled out of ministry and started a sign company where he developed business skills that would help him later in life and ministry. After 10 years he sold the sign company and moved to Shoreline WA with his wife and 4 children to pastor a two-year-old Foursquare church of 35 people in downtown Seattle. Shortly afterward Doug’s church group was given a church building by a remnant of people who were looking for a pastor. And Horizon Church grew and became his life. As the years went by three more children were born to Doug and Ellen. As the children grew older, Doug began traveling to many countries around the world to minister. He had a heart for the nations and an incredible gift of connecting with different ethnic groups. He planted many churches over the years, most of them being in different languages and cultures. Later he traveled ministering with Ellen and some of his children. He had a heart to know God. Doug acquired two doctorates. The first focused on multi-ethnic church planting. And the last one answering the question of why the millennials have been leaving the church in this rapidly changing culture. He was a man with passion and energy who taught and modeled the way to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and how to hear the voice of God. His church gatherings were not often large in number, but his influence in relationships reached around the globe. In the end of his life, he connected with love and people outside the church. He saw every human as loved and accepted in God. He was a perfectly imperfect man, father, Grampy, Apostle, Pastor, and leader. His hobbies included music, knife collecting, whittling, some fishing, scuba diving, fine wood working and camping. He is greatly missed. Doug is survived by his wife Ellen, his mother Shirl DeBay, sister Jean Konrad, brother Dave Heck, and his 7 children Elizabeth, Daniel, Matthew, Anna, Samuel, Jesse, and Abigail. Also, his 18 grandchildren and the many around the world who called him “DAD”


  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021


Douglas John Heck

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Joshua Huey

May 1, 2021

I met Dan before Doug. Doug heard about our crazy off-road adventures on Mt pilchuck. When. I finally met Doug he was laidback , calm, easy to talk too. He would tell of his wild 4x4in adventures when he was a youngster. I always had fun at men’s retreats in Easton,WA . Going out to trails and playing in The very “deep deep”mud. A few times we were out watching Dan tear up the mud in his little picaho (yellow Volkswagen bug). Shooting the breeze talking about trail rigs and his little red Toyota he got. Life and just regular conversation.

Lori Sutton (Beach)

April 21, 2021

Doug officiated my wedding to my first husband, visited our family while we lived in Japan and baptized my children and my then-husband Jim Beach in the river near the Kintai Bridge in Iwakuni, Japan. He later baptized my mother as well while in Texas to lead the memorial services for my son Michael.

He was love and peace. It radiated out of him and filled the room. You could feel it as soon as he entered the room. The world will miss him. Heaven needed it’s Angel to come home. Those who were lucky enough to have known him will feel his love and grace until we see him again.