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Wayne O. Burnett


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Wayne O. Burnett Obituary
Wayne O. Burnett

Wayne Burnett passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease on December 19 at the age of 88. He was born May 25, 1925 in Enumclaw, Washington. Following graduation from Enumclaw High School he served in the Army during WW II and was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in the Philippines. Wayne married Rosanne Forler of Enumclaw in 1949. They had three children and were married for 41 years before Rosanne's death in 1990.

After graduating from the University of Washington, Wayne began a 30-year teaching career with the Seattle Public Schools. He began at Eckstein Junior High, and then moved to Sealth High School when it opened in 1957. At Sealth he served as chair of the history department and coached tennis. In the mid-60's 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 Bradshaw and son-in-law Doug Bradshaw; and his 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.
Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 29, 2013
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