Dominic Joseph Colasurdo

February 6, 2015

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Dominic Joseph Colasurdo was born March 10, 1925.

He was first generation from Marrone, Italy, from where his parents Michaelangelo and Emanuela Colasurdo immigrated. The family ran a poultry farm in Burien, where they raised chickens and sold eggs at the Seattle Public Market.


When Dominic was 17, he bought 120 acres in May Valley, a rural area in Renton. He began a successful dairy farm on the property, building his own barn, in 1949, which is now “The Red Barn” and in Washington’s Heritage Barn registry.

From the dairy business, he went on to co-own Hillcrest Bowl in Renton. In 1970, he opened Hi-Land Realty and developed the Briarwood and Briar Hills communities.

Dominic was an avid vegetable gardener; his family very much enjoyed his knowledge and skill level in producing prolific vegetable gardens each year. Our “Poppie” was a gentle and kind husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Family and friends came first for Dominic, along with his love for the Catholic Church. He was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Issaquah, and he gave generously to Catholic charities.

He passed away on Jan. 20 at home surrounded by family. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by daughters Janet Norton, Judi Peterson and Mary Celigoy; granddaughters Gayle Davis, Michele Streitberger, Britta Peterson, Sequoia Nelson and Sally Celigoy; and great-grandchildren Amelia and Sophia Davis, and Nic and Stella Streitberger.

Services were held for Dominic on Jan. 26, 2015, at 11 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Issaquah, and he was laid to rest at Greenwood Memorial Funeral Park in Renton.

Family lovingly suggests remembrances be made to Catholic Community Services.

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