Henry William "Bill" Haigh
Jun 9, 1921 – Jul 19, 2014
Henry William (Bill) Haigh
June 9, 1921- July 19, 2014
Henry, known as Bill to family and friends, was born in Seattle to Margaret and Henry Haigh, but lived in St. Paul, Minnesota for a number of his early school years. In 1937, he returned to Seattle with his mother and stepfather, Ben Veltman. They settled in Seward Park and he graduated from Franklin High School in 1939. His college education as an Army ROTC member at the University of Washington was interrupted in 1943 when he was called to serve in World War II in Europe. He returned to the university in 1946 and graduated with a degree in chemistry in 1947. Bill continued to serve his country in the Army Reserves for many years, retiring as a colonel in 1981. He worked for Martin Marietta Corporation researching and developing adhesives for wood products, and then for Weyerhaeuser as a technical information manager.
Bill met Phyllis, his wife of 56 years, the day after her high school graduation. They were married 9 years later and built the house in Normandy Park that he lived in until just before his passing. His passion for the outdoors was reflected in all he loved to do, including skiing, climbing most of the major peaks in Washington, backpacking and day hiking, camping and sailing the waters of Puget Sound in his cherished Hinckley Pilot sailboat, Sarabande. He also enjoyed gardening, photography, traveling and doing anything with his daughters and their families. He was a long-time member of the Three Tree Point Yacht Club, serving as commodore one year and participating in many races and social cruises.
Survivors include daughters Leslie Nuttman (Mark), and Sandy Haigh (Frank) and granddaughters Katy and Mattie. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, who passed away in 2005.
Services will be held September 14, 2014 at the Normandy Park Community Club at the Cove, 1500 SW Shorebrook Drive, Normandy Park, starting at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to either of the following organizations:
- Washington’s National Park Fund, earmarked for Mt. Rainier National Park. Donate online at www.wnpf.org or mail contributions to 1904 Third Ave., Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98101
- Des Moines Legacy Foundation, earmarked for the Youth Sailing Program. Donations can be sent to PO Box 13582, Des Moines, WA 98198.
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