William Kenneth Hyatt

Feb 6, 1923 – Jul 7, 2018

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William Kenneth Hyatt

William Kenneth Hyatt passed away on Saturday, July 7, at the age of 95 in Federal Way, WA.  William was born in Lodi, California on February 6, 1923 to Charles and Etta Hyatt.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 72 years Virginia, daughter Chris Hildebran, sons’ Bill (Sally), James (Gloria), four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Charlotte, Doris and Barbara.

He was a WWII Combat Veteran who served aboard the USS Ticonderoga CV.14 Aircraft Carrier, rank of MM/1C.  He was a proud Navy Man.  The USS Ticonderoga was hit by two Kamakazi aircraft in the South China Sea. 

He met his wife, Virginia in Tacoma and they were married in 1946 and resided in Tacoma until his passing.  After the war, he worked for Titus-Will Ford for 40 years.  He started off as a mechanic, then a salesman and finally achieving Vice-President of First National Auto Lease.

His interests were cars, boating, RV’s, fishing, and hunting, the beach and being with family and friends.  He was loved by all who knew him and will be dearly missed.

Rest In Peace

We Love You



Gary Micallef
Ellensburg, WA
Jul 18, 2018

Our Thoughts and Prayers to All the Hyatt Family.

Jeff Hyatt
Pacific, WA
Jul 16, 2018


I just want to thank you for being such a great role model for me throughout the years and for never giving me a sliver of doubt how much you loved me and our family. You were always there for us and as I have reflected on our time together over the past week, I hope that I can make you proud the same way I am sure that you made your parents proud.

Your ability to always be "present", whether it be playing games/puzzles, driving to fix something over 100 miles away, or just asking how work or school was going, you always made me feel important and I just want you to know that even though you are now gone, you will always be a part of the man I am and I can never thank you enough for everything you have done for me and our family.

I love you so much Grandpa!

Shelby Forbes
Lakewood, WA
Jul 14, 2018


Words can not quantify how big of an impact you’ve made in my life. You were just always there. When I needed an ear, a shoulder, a hug, a hand, or just words of encouragement... I could always turn to you. I will treasure all of my memories and take comfort in the last words I said to you ended with, “I love you” and a kiss. Heaven gained a mighty warrior. I miss you Grandpa... a bushel and a peck and a hug around your neck.

Sally Hyatt
Shelton, WA
Jul 14, 2018

While our time together was short and the words between us few, your love and acceptance was genuine. A good man reveals their true character through their actions, remembered less by what was said, but how they made you feel. I was so glad you were able to spend our first Thanksgiving and Christmas in our new home. You were such a sweet man and will truly be missed.

Joe Walls jr
Tacoma, Wa
Jul 13, 2018

Once again your out there to pick us up, “Old Man” Thanks for your part in “saving the world” lest so many seem to forget, and being an example to all.. Good memories.

Bill Hyatt
Shelton, Wa
Jul 13, 2018

Dad, you were more than a father to me, you were my BEST friend. I will forever be grateful for all that you taught me and did for me. You truly were my hero! I love you Dad. Bill

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