William "Willie" Grindstaff Willie took his final ski run May 5, 2104. He was born 3-12-30 in Sumus, WA, and was adopted at 13 mos of age from Seattle Childrens Home by Harold and Myrtle Grindstaff. He grew up on local farms. After graduating from T-90 in 1948, he joined the Army. During his H.S. years he met and then later married his sweetheart of 63 years, JoJo Grindstaff. Their marriage was blessed with two children, daughter, Terry Jo and son, Mark Lee. Willie served in AK during the Korean War and was discharged in 1952. He worked for Boeing before taking a job with WA State Highway Dept., retiring in 1981. Shortly after retiring he worked for Grant and Assoc. Skiing was a HUGE part of his lifetime, starting in H.S. and continuing during his enlistment. Willie was involved in many teaching aspects; Power Squadron, Boating Safety, Hand Drafting and of course, SKIING!! He owned and operated Oly Ski School for 24 yrs, and taught many years for Crystal Mtn Ski School. Willie is survived by wife JoJo; daughter,Terry (Rick); son, Mark (Pam); five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many extended family members. A celebration of Willie's life will be held on Sunday, June 1, with a "Finger-Food" pot luck, at Lacey Comm Center from 2-5 p.m. Donations may be made to a
. YIP! YIP! YIP!
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Published in The Olympian on May 9, 2014