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1924 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Philip Zalesky Obituary
Philip Zalesky

On October 18th, 2013 Philip Zalesky of Mill Creek passed away peacefully from congestive heart failure at Providence Hospital in Everett. Laura, his beloved wife of 68 years, was at his side. Phil was a kind and loving person, a devoted husband, a loyal friend, and a consummate gentleman who accepted people as they were.

Phil was born in Colfax, Washington on January 11, 1924. He married the love of his life, Laura Kimball, in 1945. Phil, a graduate of the U. of Washington, he was a high school teacher, guiding students through American history, government, and economics for thirty-four years. Phil came to Everett H. S. and taught there until he helped open Cascade H.S. in 1961. Phil was a highly talented teacher, a greatly respected and influential faculty member, and a mentor to many fellow educators.

Besides his wife and teaching, Phil's greatest passion in life was being an advocate for environmental and wilderness protection. Over most of his adult life, he was a tireless champion of preserving wilderness areas for future generations. He clearly understood the power which wilderness and nature have to touch our souls and bring peace and beauty to our lives. Phil served as an officer and board member of the North Cascades Conservation Council (which played a major role in the creation of North Cascades National Park), as well as Olympic Parks Associates. Phil was also an active member of the Pilchuck Audubon Society. Phil was especially proud of his role in creating the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Anna Zalesky, as well as his brothers Charles & Don Zalesky and sisters Ardis Callison, Jenny Curry. Phil is survived by his sister Doris Decker.

In keeping with his wishes, Phil was cremated, and his ashes will be scattered on Glacier Peak, a very special place for both he and Laura. A celebration of Phil's life will take place at 2:00 on Saturday, December 7th at Merrill Gardens Retirement Center (Emeritus Senior Living), located in Mill Creek at 14905 Bothell-Everett Highway. In lieu of flowers, donations in Phil's memory may be made to the North Cascades Conservation Council, Olympic Park Associates, and/or Pilchuck Audubon Society.
Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 3, 2013
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