Wayne O. Burnett (1925 - 2013)

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Wayne Burnett passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease on December 19, 2013, at the age of 88.

He was born May 17, 1925, in Enumclaw, Washington.

Following graduation from Enumclaw High School, he served in the Army during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in battle in the Philippines.

Wayne married Rosanne Forler of Enumclaw in 1949. They had three children and were married for 41 years until Rosanne's death in 1990.

After graduating from the University of Washington, Wayne began a 30-year teaching career in the Seattle Public Schools. He started at Eckstein Junior High, and then moved to Sealth High School when it first opened in 1957.

At Sealth he served as chair of the history department and coached tennis. In the mid-1960s, Wayne developed the initial curriculum and taught the first courses in African-American history in the Seattle Schools.

Wayne is survived by his three children, Mark Burnett, Barry Burnett and Ann Bradshaw; his daughter-in-law, Dolly Burnett; son-in-law, Doug Bradshaw; and brother-in-law, Jim Forler and wife, Gail. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Mickey Burnett, Miles Burnett, Andrea Burnett and Molly Bradshaw.

He was also preceded in death by his later-in-life companion, Anna Mount.

The family suggests remembrances in Wayne's name to the Washington Education Association Children's Fund, https://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/1624/donate_page/childrensfund.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Dec. 29, 2013
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