William Dean "Bill" Lovejoy
1938 - 2021
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April 4, 1938 ˜ March 6, 2021

William Dean (Bill) Lovejoy was born April 4, l938, in Seattle, WA, to Frederick Bentley and Jane Dean Lovejoy. He attended Marysville, WA, schools and Everett Junior College.
In his youth, Bill was an enthusiastic limited hydroplane racer as well as serving on ocean racing boat crews. He maintained a lifelong passion for boats and being on the water, which resulted in later years in many family summer cruises in Puget Sound and waters north. As a young seaman, he served in the U.S. Navy in Primary Flight Control on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga.
Bill married Constance (Connie) Jean Erickson in 1964. His insurance brokerage career was based in Portland, OR, but they lived and raised their two sons, Bart and Eric, in Vancouver, WA.
Bill was a passionate bird hunter, spending many happy days at their Central Oregon “hunt camp”, pursuing chukar, pheasant and quail with family and friends. He also had a lifetime love for his many hunting dogs, mainly German short hairs, wire hairs and English pointers who served him faithfully. He taught son Eric how to hunt and son Bart how to fish.
Bill had a “fish house” in Sitka, AK, for many years where he generously entertained family, friends and clients, making sure they always took home a good catch. Further adventures found him fly fishing in New Zealand, traveling to Scotland and Ireland, and searching for family genealogy in Southern England. His travels with Connie took them to France, England and Australia.
In retirement he found time for golfing at Royal Oaks Golf Club and spending as much time as possible at their Netarts, OR, beach homes. He also treasured time with grandchildren Halle, Lindsay and Rex Lovejoy, cheering them on with school and athletic activities: a memorable slot car derby took place with him and Rex.
Bill passed away March 6, 2021, a month shy of his 83rd birthday. Bill leaves his wife of 57 years, Connie; his three grandchildren from Eric Lovejoy and Melissa Benton, Vancouver; son, Bart Lovejoy (Danny), Seattle, WA; sister, Jane Littlefield (Rufe) Bellevue, WA; and brother, Ben Lovejoy (Karen) in Nokomis, FL; as well as nieces and nephews. The family takes heart in the stories, memories, laughter and love in a life well-lived; he loved his family wholly, as well as many friends who all valued Bill’s sense of humor and willingness to allow people to be themselves.
A private family service will be held. The family suggests remembrances to the Sitka Maritime Heritage Society (PO Box 2153, Sitka, AK 99835); www.sitkamaritime.org or email: sitkamaritime@gmail.com
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 28, 2021.
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April 1, 2021
Yes, it was on the mourn
I saw a ship a sailing
The sea was calm
The winds were fair
Bill was young
And he was at the rail
With shipmates once again.---rs
Roger B. Sheetz, USN
March 31, 2021
Bill had a wonderful sense of humor and he was very generous.
I had the privilege of being on the receiving end of both their hospitalities
at the Sitka “ Fish House”, “ Hunt Camp” and Netarts, Oregon.
A chef extraordinaire when it came to cooking fish.
A remarkable man; he is missed.
Susan Gilbert
March 30, 2021
Connie, Deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Marney Petty
Marney Petty
March 27, 2021
So many memories over so many years, but always bringing a smile and chuckle for Bill had a great sense of humor. Bob's recollection is of the Porsche club in Seattle and the many rallys and parties....pre-marriage days. Bob's next memory is a first class fishing expedition for steelhead on an Oregon river. First class because by some miracle the camp was already set up and waiting for the tired fisherman at the end of the day. Wonderful times with Bill as one can only have with a long and lasting friendship.
Bob and Carol Masters
March 23, 2021
Bill was truly an amazing guy!
Multi-faceted and multi-talented. He did it all and he did it well!
Not only about fishing and hunting, although that was his core. Bill had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of boats and running them, outdoor camp cooking, building, he did amazing woodworking, and was a connoisseur of fine wines, just to name a few.
He will be missed!
Mel Emberland
March 23, 2021
Bill was a great friend and so fun to fish and hunt with him. Have missed him in the last few years but such fond remembrances with the four of us on the boat exploring southern Alaska. Rest In Peace my friend.
Don Schmidt
March 23, 2021
What a great guy with a great sense of humor. My husband’s best friend, spending many outdoor events together. Bill took me on my first fishing trip to Alaska, living on his boat. Can’ say I would ever do it again, but Bill made it a great trip and was the ultimate entertainer. Will miss you Bill.
Jackie Kisling
March 23, 2021
Loved him as he was my brother.
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