Howard C. King
Mar 21, 1931 – Jan 21, 2015
Howard C. King was born to Leslie and Myrtle King of Burnaby B.C. Canada on March 21, 1931. He passed away peacefully at age 83 in McKenna, WA on Jan 21, 2015. Howard was the eighth of nine children, and the last of his siblings to pass away. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois; daughters Jan King (Kerwin Nicholson) and Gini Britton (Dale); 4 grandchildren, Teri Hagstrom (Matt), Nic Britton (Heather), Nakia Bucher, and Kayla Rae King; 3 beautiful great-granddaughters, Allyson Britton, Peyton Britton, and Everlea Hagstrom; and many nieces, nephews, and very good friends. Howard was preceded in death by son Ray King in March 2014.
Howard moved to WA at age 19 and following that became a U.S. citizen. In 1960 he married Lois and adopted Jan and Ray as his own. Gini was born soon after. The family lived first in White Center then moved to Burien in a nice house just a couple of blocks from his cabinet shop in an area now called Olde Burien. He was a creative and talented wood worker – he did it for a living as well as for pleasure – either way, he was a very hard worker and always busy. He built and raced limited hydroplanes (280 E class) and as a member of Seattle Inboard Racing Association raced in competition on several Pacific Northwest lakes. Distant races easily turned into fun weekend camping trips the whole family enjoyed. Howard had a variety of interests aside from building things. He enjoyed gardening and growing orchids, rafting the Colorado River, seeing new sights, getting together with old friends and making new ones. He was funny and friendly and always had a smile for you.
In the late 1990’s Howard and Lois sold their Burien home and retired to Arizona – first living in Casa Grande, then Mesa. They bought a travel trailer and explored the southwest. They loved it there, had nice neighbors, and loved having company come and spend time with them. It wasn’t until Oct 2012 that Howard and Lois moved back to Washington, in the Olympia area, to be closer to family.
Howard was a sweet, kind, and generous man who will be missed forever by his family and friends.
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