Wayne Wesley Knapp
Sep 12, 1936 – Dec 31, 2016
Wayne W. Knapp died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday December 31st, 2016.
Wayne was born in Tyler, Minnesota on September 12, 1936, the third of three boys. His mother a nurse and his father a truck driver he learned from a young age how to care for his family. Growing up he quickly became known as an outstanding athlete, and went on to play baseball at University of Minnesota. In 2011 he was inducted into the University of Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame.
Wayne was drafted into the army and trained as a paratrooper. After his mandatory two years in the service he returned and finished his degree at U of M. Following college he was drafted with the then named, Washington Senators, now known as the Texas Rangers, as their first baseman and played for two seasons.
Wayne received his Masters Degree in education from George Washington University. While studying for his Masters he worked for Northwest Orient Airlines. He would frequently fly back and forth between Northwest Airlines headquarters in Minneapolis and DC in order to attend classes at George Washington University. During his time with the airlines he was married to Jeanne Knapp (Boyle) and his two eldest children: Kimberly and Merritt were born. After he graduated from G.W.U. he taught industrial arts education, while continuing to work for Northwest Orient Airlines.
In 1975, he met his wife Carly Knapp and they were married in 1979. They settled in Federal Way and his two younger children were born: Kami and Kenny.
For the past 40 years he owned a remodeling construction company.
Wayne’s love was his family and he was an avid Mariners baseball fan. All sports were his passion, first as a player and latter in life as a fan. He was a generous, gentle, loving man who took pride in providing for his family. He always knew how to put a smile on someone’s face and instantly connected with the people he met. He spoke fondly of his time playing baseball and shared hilarious memories of his many years and travels with the airlines. In his spare time he loved to discuss the weather, watch sports and check in daily with his children.
Wayne is preceded in death by his mother: Vina, father: Wesley, and two brothers: Lee and James.
He is survived by his wife Carly and his four children: daughters Kimberly Boyce (Knapp), and Kami Knapp, his sons K. Merritt and Ken Knapp, and two grandchildren: Mackenzie and Montana Boyce.
He will be greatly missed but his memory remains a blessing to all who knew him.
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