WILLIAM DEAN (BILL) LOVEJOY
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
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