Donald Guy Flye Age 80, of Federal Way, died Wednesday July 17, 2013 at his home. He was born on February 17, 1933 in Tacoma, Washington to Guy M. and Cleo B. Flye. Don is survived by his daughters Dana Robison and Kelly Applegate, his sons-in-law Gunn Robison and Derek Applegate, his grandchildren Ashlan, Connor, Ty, Grady, Cassidy, and Raegan, and his partner and friend of 16 years, Kathy Thatcher. Don was a longtime resident of Tacoma until attending college at the University of Washington. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, and was a loyal member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. Don was an accomplished competitive tennis player, representing the UW in 1952, 1953, and 1957, winning four Pacific Coast Conference division championships. Some of Don's many tennis accomplishments include winning the title of National Junior Men's doubles champion in 1951 and playing at Wimbledon in 1955. In 2005, Don was inducted into the Tacoma Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame and continued playing competitive tennis through 2012. Don had a lengthy career at Boeing, retiring in 1988. He will long be remembered for his twinkling blue eyes, witty sense of humor, passionate point of view, and competitive nature. Family service will be held Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial details for friends can be obtained on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/404011273051884/ under the events and file tab. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude Hospital.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on July 23, 2013