A dedicated public servant and well-loved manager in the Blaine port community, Deborah L. Engels passed away December 16, 2012 as the result of a tragic accident at home. She was 51.
Assistant Area Port Director of Trade Engels began her career with U.S. Customs Service/Customs and Border Protection
in 1989 as a Customs Technician Aide in Blaine. Through her dedication to service, she was promoted many times and worked her way up to AAPD Trade.
Engels is survived by her husband, Customs and Border Patrol officer William “Bill” Schultz, two daughters, Kristen and Shanna, one grandchild Kyah, a brother Mark Prink and her parents William and Hendricka Prink.
Debbie will be most remembered for her laughter, gentle spirit, and commitment to helping and serving those around her.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 22 at 2 p.m., in the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, at the expo building inside Gate One on Front St.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Engels Memorial Fund, c/o Whatcom Educational Credit Union (at any local branch), or the Whatcom Humane Society, 3710 Williamson Way, Bellingham 98226.