Howard Eng KING Howard Eng King passed away April 2, 2012 in Beijing, China, the last stop of his trip in Asia. He was born Oct. 16, 1924 in Seattle: graduate, Cleveland High; BSEE UW; MSEE U. Illinois. He began his career in 1946 with RCA in Camden, NJ, where he specialized in TV antennas including the design and testing of the Empire State Building's multiple TV antenna system. He married his first wife, June Wong, in Philadelphia. Seeking a warmer climate, He moved his family to Gardena, CA where he worked for The Aerospace Corporation (consultants for US Air Force) for over 30 years, with his most notable work on the GPS satellites. He retired in 1992 when he married Vi Mar and moved back to Seattle. Howard played tennis for many years but in 1970 got hooked on running in many marathons, including Boston and Hawaii. In his 20-year running career, he ran 55,000 miles, winning many trophies and awards, one in Runners World magazine being honored as the "Best Athlete at the 1972 Chinese Olympics." Howard is survived by his wife of 20 years, Vi Mar, sister Clara King, brother Harvey King, children Wendy, Donna, Nelson, Rodman, Marianne, stepchildren Roderick, Holly, Staci and 16 grandchildren. The last 20 years of his life he enjoyed dancing, traveling and cruising the world. All of his family, relatives and friends will miss Howard's happy eyes and big smile. A celebration of Howard's life will be held on Sat., April 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 - 78 Avenue SE, Mercer Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Kin On Nursing Home, 4416 S. Brandon St., Seattle, WA 98118 or via website www.kinon.org/ or The Wing (aka Wing Luke Asian Museum), 719 S King St., Seattle WA 98104; www.WingLuke.org.
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Published in The Seattle Times on April 18, 2012