Laurie Frank Mac McConnell
Jul 23, 1936 – Nov 18, 2007
Laurie F. “Mac” McCONNELL
Born in Seattle 71 years ago, Laurie suddenly left us November 18th.
Laurie has a long list of accomplishments; however, Laurie will best be remembered as the stalwart Patriarch of 6 children, 10 grandchildren, and 3 great-grand children. He believed in tough love and teaching in preparing his children—in life—to take care of themselves and their own families.
To his family, he is remembered in many ways, as dedicated, caring, strong willed, compassionate, loyal, modest, and for his love of his dogs, Kama deceased and Saffi.
To colleagues, he is remembered as dedicated, loyal, a person who always “has your back,” and for his intensity, meaning he has only one speed—high—with no off switch. Also remembered, is his long record of service with the Seattle School District, the State of Washington, the city of Federal Way, and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
To friends, he is remembered as candid he said what he thought, and meant what he said, reliable, compassionate, modest, and fun with an unfettered sense of humor. And, how his love for his dogs helped soften his outlook on life.
To his students, he is remembered as tough, dedicated, fair, reliable, fun, and thorough.
To the community, he is remembered as a strong man and an active volunteer that is committed, involved, and always available in times of need.
Laurie had many accomplishments during his lifetime, serving as an Electrician’s Mate in the US Navy and working for 50 years in the electrical industry.
As a student, he earned 10 certificates and licenses in the electrical field from the US Navy, four colleges, four associations, and the State of Washington.
As a teacher, he taught Electrical Theory and Code at two colleges and four associations.
As a volunteer, he served as President, Field Training Officer, and Officer in the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Association earning awards such as Officer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
As a worker in the electrical field, he held titles such as Electrician, Electrical Inspector, President, Administrator, and Plans Examiner.
As an athlete, he held a 5th degree Black Belt and was a master instructor in Jujutsu.
He is survived by Jean, his wife and Soul mate of 23 years; his children Bonnie Dave Krueger, Sherry Terry Baker, Laurel McConnell-Repp, Frank Elise McConnell, Katerina Shaun Lummus and Carl Pullen; his grandchildren, Jeremy, Joshua, Jennifer, Kate, Nicole, Briana, Cathryn, Cassidy, Casey and Mia; and his great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Michael, and Tristin.
Laurie, you inspired and touched us in a special way that made each of our lives better and more productive.
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