Robert L. Mackey

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Robert L. Mackey Robert Lewis "Bob" Mackey passed away February 25, 2014 after fighting pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, Masae, and two brothers, Wilbur of Castle Rock (Shirley), and Melvin of Vashon (Margaret). Bob was born June 24, 1936 in Longview, WA. He graduated from high school in Toledo, WA, where he especially loved playing trombone in the school band and in a local dance band. He attended Centralia Junior College, majoring in business administration but switched to psychology while continuing to study music. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1959 with a BS degree in psychology. Bob resided most of his adult years in the Olympia area. He was employed for over 30 years by Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. He loved bicycling, joined the Olympia Bicycle Club, and was a member until retirement. He then joined a local hiking club and became one of its most dependable participants. Bob enjoyed outdoor photography and video production, and excelled at both, posting some of his work on Facebook and YouTube as "MrOlybob." He also volunteered for ten years as a reading tutor of young students. In January 2014, he donated his cherished trombone to Capital High School. Memorial Service: Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2:00 p.m., at Olympia Unitarian Universalist Church, 2300 East End Street NW, Olympia, WA 98502, (360) 786-6383. In lieu of flowers: donations to Capitol Land Trust, 209 Fourth Avenue E., Suite 205, Olympia, WA 98501. Please leave memories at

Published in The Olympian on Mar. 15, 2014
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