We will cherish our memories of the grand stories, humor, and deep faith of Robert (Bob) Edward Monahan who passed away peacefully at home on July 14, 2012 in Kent, Washington with his devoted wife, Betsy Davis Monahan (formerly of Montgomery) at his side. Bob was blessed with many friends who considered him a confidant and mentor. Raised in the Brown's Point neighborhood of Tacoma, as a child Bob produced and distributed "The Brown's Point Bugle", which was his first foray into journalism that became his passion. After graduation from Washington State College he worked as a Pacific Rim reporter for United Press International. He later became a reporter for the Honolulu Advertiser and then a city editor for the Seattle Times. After retiring from the newspaper business, Bob developed a love for tree farming which became his second career and he remained active in several timber organizations. He never lost his love for writing and was a frequent contributor to several professional journals. His well-crafted tales were a delight to family and friends. Bob was a current member of Kent Covenant Church, an original member of the jail ministry group and a faithful advocate for several local substance abuse programs. In addition to his wife, Betsy, Bob is survived by his children MaryAlice Monahan, Matthew Monahan, and their mother Adele Monahan of Snoqualmie; stepson, Alan Jacobson and wife Debbie of Covington; and his treasured grandchildren, Marissa Monahan, Jordan Marie Jacobson and Blake Jacobson. Bob is also survived by his brother, Jerry Monahan of Tacoma, and a large extended family. A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday July 25th, 2 p.m. at Kent Covenant Church. In lieu of flowers, please direct contributions to the Kent Covenant Church Student Center Building Fund or the Seattle Union Gospel Mission.
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Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on July 22, 2012