J. Boit Sesnon

February 2, 2009

By Contributor

J. Boit Sesnon

J. Boit Sesnon

John Boit Sesnon, 70, a longtime Village Theatre and Issaquah supporter, died Jan. 19, 2009. He was 70.A memorial celebration was held Jan. 27 at the Harbor Club in Seattle. His remains will be interred in the family vault in San Francisco.

He was born Jan. 2, 1939, in San Francisco, a descendant of a California pioneer family. Boit graduated from Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco and the University of Colorado in Denver. He served in the U.S. Army. His career was in family ranching interests in California, as well as finance and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Boit moved to the Puget Sound in 1970, spending the last 12 years in Snoqualmie. He attended classes at the Yoga Barn, and he frequented Pogacha and the Issaquah Café so much that the wait staffs knew his name. He also attended the Concerts on the Green.

His brother Porter predeceased him in 2006.

Boit is survived by his two sisters, Nell Cliff and husband Lee, of Santa Cruz and Borrego Springs, Calif.; and Susan Salt and husband Haddon, of Borrego Springs; six children, Jay Sesnon (Vickie), of Covington, Lisa Sesnon, of San Jose, Calif., Clay Sesnon (Carroll), of Menlo Park, Calif., Nelson Haldane (Ryan), of Sedro Woolley, Rob Sesnon, of Kirkland, and Samantha Sesnon, of University Place; four grandsons; and two granddaughters.

Boit was an avid jazz lover, attending the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival every year. He was also a charter member of Earshot Jazz in Seattle. He was a great sports fan and theater patron. He held season tickets for the Mariners, Seahawks, Sonics and Village Theatre.

Boit will mostly be remembered for his love of friends and family, his generosity and his remarkable ability to never forget a name, a face or connections between people.

The family suggests remembrances to the American Cancer Society or the Monterey Jazz Festival (donations in his name will be earmarked for youth education).

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