William "Bet" Abbott
W.J. "Bet" ABBOTT Born April 1, 1920, died on June 7, 2003, at the age of 83. Dorothy, his loving wife and companion of 58 years, was at his bedside. Bet was born in Bellingham, Washington, and completed his primary education there before coming to Seattle to enter college in 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines in June of 1942 and spent many months as a Line Corpsman with the Twenty-Second Marine Division during the intense fighting of the island-hopping battles in the South Pacific. He was awarded the Bronze Star for gallantry in action and two Purple Hearts. Nothing else in his life ever over-shadowed those many months in action, and he kept in touch with his surviving comrades over the past sixty years. Bet and Dorothy were deeply involved with the square dancing community, and made many friends nationwide who shared this activity. Many of Bet's friends were unaware of his scholarly interest in a myriad of subjects. The included Hawaiian history, history of the Northwest, archeology, Native American petroglyphs, and the opera. He had also served as president of the Seattle Astronomical Society. He was a kind and gentle man who was always ready to help. His main cause was as a volunteer at Childrens Hospital. Survived by Meiling, Kewei, Larry Dai Layton and Frances Abbott. A Memorial will be held on June 22, 2003, at 2:30 p.m. at the Tukwila Community Hall, 12424 42nd Avenue S. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Northwest Harvest; 71 Cherry Street, Seattle WA. 98104; or to Childrens Hospital. Arrangements by Bleitz Funeral Home.
Published in The Seattle Times on June 18, 2003