William Arthur Lagerquist

May 10, 1928 – Oct 20, 2011

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William (Bill) took on illness as he lived his life, challenging and overcoming all obstacles to the very end. Eventually he succumbed to his final challenge and passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on October 20, 2011. We take comfort in knowing he is now home with his Lord Jesus Christ and look forward to being reunited with him one day.


Bill was born on May 10, 1928 in Seattle, WA, to John and Edna Lagerquist.  He lived in Seattle all of his life. He graduated from Highline High School, then served in the USMC for 2 years, from July 1946 - July 1948. Bill married Flavia Marie Baldwin on February 16, 1952, beginning over 59 years of life together. He is survived by his six children:  Jim (Jeanne), Dave (Leslie), Janet Bair (Steve), John (Becky), Bill (Randy), & Don (Tawnya); and ten grandchildren & eleven great-grandchildren. Bill has now rejoined his wife Flavia, his father, mother, and his brother Jack who preceded him in death.


Bill loved the outdoors and spent a great deal of time camping, hunting, and fishing with his family.  He especially enjoyed hunting waterfowl and upland birds in the Columbia Basin of Eastern Washington.  He was a member of the Cascade Mountain Men organization, where he and Flavia participated in numerous rendezvous throughout the Pacific Northwest.  He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.  He was an expert woodworker who made a living in the trade after retiring from Pacific Marine Schwabacher in 1981. His trademark item was the Country Cupboard, of which he sold over one thousand units throughout the USA and Canada.


 Bill was a great husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather to his family who loved him and will miss him very much.  Visitation at Bonney-Watson Washington Memorial, 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac on Tuesday, October 25th from 2:00 – 5:00pm.  Funeral Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church; 820 18th Ave., Seattle on Wednesday October 26th at 10:00am with interment to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Kent. Remembrances in Bill’s honor may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. 


Peggy Mulvihill Busteed
Seattle, WA
Oct 31, 2011

Wonderful memories from the Jim Mulvihill family of our young years visiting the Lagerquist house. "Uncle Bill" always made us laugh (and he had such a fun laugh) and Aunt Flavia was so sweet. Our thoughts are with you in this loss.

Tom Wilson
Viola, ID
Oct 25, 2011

Good people. You will be missed but so good to know you've

answered that final home call. Farewell CMM fellow and brother

in the Lord.

Spokane, WA
Oct 25, 2011

Bill and Flavia were always a treat to be around. We met and fell in love with them in the early 80's. Sorry to the family for your loss. We will continue to use our camp kitchen with fond memories.

Fred Wright and Lynn Schlosser
Soap Lake, WA
Oct 25, 2011

I have the spoon that Bill repaired for me, he gave it to me the same Gun Show that he was "caught" with all the spoons from the restaurant we had dinner at as a group. His laughter and his ability to lighten any heart was a gift I will always remember.

I know that Bill and Flavia are walking through heaven hand in hand telling stories about the grand and great grand kids.

timothy vanhee
ftworth , tx
Oct 24, 2011

bill i will always remember you and your family will always keep a special spot in my heart for you and your family always, rest in peace tim linda melanie and aubrey

Margaret and Ken Evenson
Stanwood, WA
Oct 24, 2011

Bill and Flavia were like our parents and best friends. They both enjoyed the Black powder rendezvous with us and were the folks to a lot of buckskinners. They both be forever in our hearts and minds. May Bill rest in peace and he is now in the arms of his perious Flavia. I can say for all of us in buckskinning we will miss him.

John Frangello
Seattle, WA
Oct 24, 2011

I knew Bill since I was a child because his mother and my mother (Freda) were the best of friends. Lagie was like another grandmother to me. Bill was a good person and a great son. He and his talents will be missed.

Community at Holy Names Academy
Seattle, WA
Oct 24, 2011

Dear Family,

Christ's peace be yours as a sharing in your dear father's deep Eternal Peace! Be assured that all of you remain in our thoughts and daily prayers. Your dear mother, Flavia, was an alum of Holy Names Academy '48 so know that we celebrate her welcome of your father in Heaven. May God's infinite and merciful love sustain and console you all. God bless each and all of you!

Sister Ilene Clark, snjm and Sister Rosemary Perisich,snjm and the community at Holy Names Academy.

Gary Kerns
Burien, Wa
Oct 23, 2011

To Jim and the whole family:

I am very sorry for your loss. I remember your dad and from 45 years ago when I used to stay at your house. I always felt so welcome there. I also used to see he and your mom at St Francis duing mass. I have fond memories of those times. Jim: if you want to get in touch with me, my phone number is 206.241.5664. Again: Sorry you guys.....

Thomas Van Hee
Tacoma , Wa
Oct 23, 2011

Bill, you were always there for my Mother when my Dad passed away in 1977. I am so sorry to hear of your passing, my sincerest condolences to your Family, you will be missed my friend. Rest In Peace Bill, may that sense of humor you had brighten up everyones day when they think of you!

Tom, Sonia and Jimmy Van Hee

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