Byron Lathim

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November 25, 1939 ˜ January 4, 2019

Byron Lathim went to be with his Savior on Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, after a very quick, sudden battle with cancer. He was born to Arthur and Okal Lathim on Nov. 25, 1939 in Dayton, WA. He moved to Windust, WA when he was two years old and grew up near the banks of the Snake River with his five brothers.
Byron met the love of his life, Dessie Byrd, in the summer of 1954, and they were married on Nov. 27, 1958. They were blessed with four amazing children and settled outside of Ridgefield, WA in 1966.
Byron worked as a locomotive engineer for the Burlington Northern Railroad for 43 years. He loved being on the go and enjoyed the scenery of the Pacific Northwest.
Byron was an incredibly creative soul and spent his free time inventing, writing songs, and spending countless hours nature watching. He enjoyed hiking and spending time with his family, and loved Jesus with all his heart. He had a passion for reading and knowledge and believed you should learn something new everyday.
Byron is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dessie; his brothers, Dwayne and Don; his daughter, Denise (Brad) Chicks; sons, Allan, Dwight (Michelle) and Byron (Katrena); and his eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Okal; his brothers, Buford, Delbert and Ron; and his granddaughter, Mandy Lathim.
A service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 11th, 2019.
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 9, 2019
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