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William B. Hyde

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William B. Hyde

William B. Hyde, 96, died on July 4, 2014. He was at home, surrounded by his family.

Bill lived his whole life in Tacoma and was known by many friends and associates as a person of deep integrity, loyalty, intelligence and humor. He was married for 72 years to Betty Doud Hyde, with whom they had a daughter, Pamela Hyde Smith of Washington, D.C. Bill was a devoted family man, close also to his parents and brothers when they were alive, and to the children and grandchildren of his brother Charley.

Bill's favorite recreation was golf, and he was an outstanding golfer. Several times a winner of the Tacoma Country and Golf Club's championships, he also played in pro-am matches with golf legends Byron Nelson and Charlie Coe. He served as President of the Tacoma Country and Golf Club in the 1960s.

The youngest of three brothers, Bill worked with Charley and Bob at the family's company, The West Coast Grocery Company, of Tacoma. He handled warehousing, transportation, labor relations and human resources. West Coast was founded by Bill's grandfather in 1891 and operated throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska; the family ran the company until its sale in 1985. One of its buildings on Pacific Avenue in Tacoma is now part of the campus of the University of Washington, Tacoma. The Hyde family earned a reputation for iron-clad integrity and responsible, caring relations with their customers, colleagues and employees.

Bill was a generous donor who focused on medical, educational and community organizations in Tacoma. He served on the board of The Annie Wright School.

Bill's education included primary school years at Park Lodge Elementary School in Lakewood, high school at Shawnigan Lake School in British Columbia, Canada, and college at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He liked to joke that he was "the ninth man on the ninth ski team" at Dartmouth; nonetheless, he climbed Tuckerman's Ravine. Later, family ski vacations at White Pass and Sun Valley often included three generations of enthusiastic skiers.

Bill and Betty lived in Olympia during much of the 1940s and 1950s when Bill worked for the family-owned Olympia Canning Company, which closed in 1958. They then moved to Gravelly Lake Drive in Lakewood and later to Gig Harbor, living first on Horsehead Bay and then in Canterwood.

Bill is survived by his wife of 72 years, Elizabeth Doud Hyde, his daughter, Pamela Hyde Smith of Washington, DC., granddaughters Catherine S. Ebert of Washington, D.C., Marian H. Smith of London, United Kingdom, and great-grandchildren Graeme Ebert and Caroline Ebert, as well as by his nephew, Charles H. Hyde III, two nieces, Douglas Ann Land and Chris Hyde Lee, and their children and grandchildren. A team of dedicated caregivers, headed by Lurena Medlock, assisted Bill in recent years and the family is deeply grateful to them.

A memorial service will be held at 2PM on July 11, 2014 at Mountain View Funeral Home, Lakewood. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor or the Tacoma General Hospital.
Published in The Seattle Times on July 8, 2014
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