One local man continued his daily act of “paying it forward” until the end.
Louis C. Logan of Oak Harbor left this world in March of this year at the age of 98. The former Navy veteran and longtime Whidbey Island businessman, who was known by his friends and family as “L.C.,” left an initial $290,000 to the WhidbeyHealth Foundation with instructions that it be dedicated to WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care. (More funds will be added to that donation after his estate is completely settled.)
With his gift, Logan showed his gratitude to the hospice staff for the six months of skilled and compassionate end-of-life care his wife Leona had received before her death. Since the hospice program began in summer 2014, it has cared for nearly 300 patients and families.
“The WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care staff is so grateful for Mr. Logan’s thoughtful gift,” says Diane Fiumara, manager of WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care. “His generosity will go a long way in helping many more patients and their families.”
Photo: L.C. Logan holds his beloved Boston bulldog, Hobo, on his lap.
Originally from Shreveport, La., Logan served during World War II and moved to Oak Harbor following his duty. He had grown up on a farm and was an avid hunter and fisherman, who appreciated the outdoor life on the island.
He was a welder by trade and became a prominent businessman in Oak Harbor, with a car lot, a restaurant, a welding business and later in real estate. He also loved Boston Bulldogs, of which he owned many throughout his lifetime. But Logan was perhaps best-known in the community for his love of gardening and his ritual of bringing fresh vegetables and flowers he had grown to elderly, housebound folks around town.
Logan’s longtime friend, Bill Massey, said that Logan also often quietly helped young couples to finance a house or helped small businesses “get over the hump” financially if they needed it.
“He started doing this in his 50s and continued to support people in the community well into his 90s,” said Massey. “It became his main purpose in life.”
According to friends and family, Logan had always wanted to pass away quietly in his own home and he was able to do that, thanks to his wonderful caregivers.