John Louis Whitaker III

December 17, 2009

By Contributor

John Louis Whitaker III, of Snoqualmie, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. He was 68. Whitaker_Obit-20091200

A funeral Mass will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Snoqualmie. A reception will follow. A committal service will follow at Fall City Cemetery.

John was born Oct. 16, 1941, in Dallas, to Dr. John and Mary Whitaker. He was raised in Snoqualmie after his family settled there in 1948.

A graduate of Seattle Prep, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army from 1964-1966. After his military service, John enrolled at Seattle University, where he met and married his wife, Nancy K. Boys, on April 18, 1970.  Later that same month, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

John had a successful career as a nursing home administrator at Issaquah Villa and various other Villa Care facilities, until he retired to the field of real estate. Although he was an active member of his community, involved with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, 4-H and as a founder of the Issaquah Farmers Market, his passion for his children and family were always his focus.

John is survived by his wife Nancy; his children Elizabeth, Joseph, John and Charles; two grandchildren; his siblings Ann Doerfler, of Snoqualmie, Thomas Whitaker, of Cle Elum, William Whitaker, of Snoqualmie, Mary Labovitch, of Ellensburg, Caroline Whitaker-Woodcock, of Weiser, Idaho, Harry Whitaker, of Ellensburg, Richard Whitaker, of Odessa, Robert Whitaker, of Snoqualmie, Jane Whitaker, of Mercer Island, and Elizabeth Lind, of Ellensburg; and many extended family members.

The family suggests remembrances to Encompass at www.encompassnw.org and Life Enrichments Options at www.leoorganization.org.

Friends are invited to get directions, view photos and share memories in the family’s online guestbook at www.flintofts.com.

Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

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