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Justin FERRARI Justin Ferrari, beloved son, husband, and father, was tragically killed on Thursday, May 23, at the age of 42. Justin was born and raised in Turlock, California, a farming community in California's Central Valley, where he spent summers working on the family farm. Justin began playing water polo his freshman year at Turlock High School. He continued to play water polo at Brown University, where he majored in computer science. He came to Seattle in the summer of 1991, for an internship at Microsoft, and made the city his home for the next 20 years. Justin loved Seattle: the urban city, the vibrant music and art scene, the diversity, and the commitment to environmentalism and social justice embodied by so many of his neighbors. As a software engineer, Justin worked at Microsoft, Expedia, ViAir, Pure Networks, Cisco Systems, and Zillow. Justin met Maggie in Seattle in 1997, while she was doing her medical residency at the University of Washington. They were married in 2002 and lived in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle with their two small children. In Seattle, Justin continued his involvement with the sport of water polo. He played masters water polo and coached boys and girls water polo teams at Roosevelt High School from 2004 to 2007. His players remember Justin as a mentor who inspired them to be good in the pool and better in the world. Justin was deeply committed to conservation and stopping climate change. He was a man of great integrity and a tireless advocate for the environment, who led by his actions. Justin was proud to support On the Boards, a presenter of contemporary performance. He was a generous philanthropist, supporting many environmental, arts, education, and social justice organizations. Justin loved his family and community and was loved by so many people. He will be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father, friend, coach, teammate, brother, son, and colleague. Justin leaves behind his wife, Maggie Hooks, son Will, and daughter Pepper of Seattle, parents Jeani and John Ferrari of Turlock, California, brother Damon Ferrari of Turlock, California, sister Paige Ferrari, of Brooklyn, New York, and countless friends. In lieu of flowers, the things that would please Justin more than you can imagine would be to turn down your thermostat a couple degrees and take the bus when you can. For those who feel so moved, donations in Justin's memory can be made to Rainforest Action Network, Brown University Water Polo, and On the Boards.
Published in The Seattle Times on May 30, 2012
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