Richard "Dick" Hoyt
Sep 9, 1942 – Jul 10, 2018
Richard ‘Dick’ Hoyt
Richard ‘Dick’ Hoyt passed away suddenly, on July 10, 2018, after suffering a cardiac arrest. Having endured four rounds of cancer in the last eight years, our family is relieved that he is now well and healthy, celebrating in his Eternal Home.
Dick was born on Sept 9, 1942 at Maynard Hospital in Seattle, Washington, the only child to Harold ‘Jiggs’ and Doris (Bunstine) Hoyt, of Renton. Dick’s father owned Hoyt’s Richfield in Skyway and Dick would often mention that his first job was working for his dad at age 10 for 10 cents an hour. Dick continued to work at his father’s station, where his great love affair with cars - old and new- began. The week before he passed, he was detailing his 2004 Mustang with q-tips! Dick graduated from Renton High School in 1960 and attended Western Washington State College (now WWU).
On Dec 5, 1966, Dick was hired on at Northwest Airlines as a Transportation Agent at SeaTac Airport. It didn’t matter what position he worked, he became proficient in each area, and expected nothing less of others. With his help in training and high expectations, he earned much respect among his co-workers. It was here, in 1979, that he met co-worker, Lori (Bowman) and they married in 1982.
Dick and Lori were blessed with a daughter, Brooke Ashlee, in 1988. When Brooke began school at Seattle Christian in the fall of 1994, Dick would volunteer one day a week on ‘playground duty’, which bumped up to 2 days a week in 2000, when he took early retirement from Northwest Airlines after 33 years of service. Dick was always very disciplined in everything he did and he would start each weekday with a long walk on the Cedar River Trail in Renton, then a visit to Starbucks. He developed a great friendship with many of the Barista’s and his many ‘coffee buddies’ in the last 18 years. The idea of the Annual SCS Kickball Tournament between students and the Starbuck’s Baristas began due to this relationship.
Dick had a great love for animals, cars, gardening, and most sports, especially Nascar and baseball. Dick’s baseball roots ran deep as his grandfather, Edward ‘Toots’ Bunstine played for Seattle and Snohomish teams from about 1910-1919 and his uncle, Melvin Bunstine, played for the Tacoma Tigers in the late 1930s. Dick enjoyed playing in the Puget Sound Senior Baseball League (PSSBL), with the highlight being able to play a game on Safeco field in 2006. Dick encouraged others in baseball as an assistant coach for SCS for several years.
In June of 2010, Dick was diagnosed with colon cancer which metastasized three times. Each time he faced it with a positive attitude and great determination. We have much admiration and respect for his oncologist, Dr. Philip Gold, and nurse, Alice, and are grateful to all the doctors and nurses at Swedish Hospital who assisted Dick during this time in his life.
Dick enjoyed traveling but his favorite vacation was always Hawaii, which became an annual event. After a long absence to the islands, Dick and Lori were able to spend a very memorable few days in November 2017 at his favorite hotel, The Royal Hawaiian, for their 35th Anniversary. His ashes will be scattered in the Pacific Ocean near the islands he loved.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29th at 1pm at John Knox Presbyterian Church at 109 SW Normandy Rd, Normandy Park, Wa 98166. The wearing of bright colors and Aloha shirts is welcomed and encouraged in honor of Dick, who always lived life ‘out-loud’. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Burien CARES Animal Shelter, Swedish Cancer Institute-Clinical Research Fund, Seattle Christian School, Renton History Museum or a charity of your choice.
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