William Gulliford Lucks|
Business and Civic Leader
William G. Lucks died Tuesday, July 9th, 2013.
Bill was a lifelong Seattleite born on October 31st, 1930 to Violet and Carl Lucks. He attended Garfield High School where he played football and was active in student affairs. He spent many summers at the family's home on Bainbridge Island with his parents, and his sisters, Carol Sparling, who is deceased, and Nancy Moores. Bill cherished his time at the beach on the island with family and friends.
Bill attended the University of Washington where he joined Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He earned a degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude in 1952. Bill was a life-long Husky, who served as President of the UW Alumni Association and was an avid football and basketball "Dawg" fan.
He served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force from 1952-1954, when he left to join the family business. The Oscar Lucks Company founded by his grandfather, Oscar, was a distributor of supplies to bakeries in Washington State. Bill led The Lucks Company as CEO and Chairman, where he expanded into the manufacturing of many diverse product lines including dry mixes, equipment and edible food decorations. The Lucks Company was recognized as one of the state's top 150 private businesses.
Well-regarded nationally, Bill served as President of the National Bakery Suppliers Association. In the Greater Seattle area he served as Seattle's Seafair Prime Minister in 1966, and on the boards of the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation, the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Seattle Symphony. He also served as chairman of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and was a founding Director of the former Pacific Northwest Bank.
He enjoyed long memberships in Seattle Rotary, The Rainier Club, Washington Athletic Club, The 101 Club, the World Presidents' Organization, and he was a founding member of the Columbia Tower Club. His love of travel took him many places around the world.
Bill also had a long-standing affiliation with Trinity Episcopal Church in Seattle, where he attended as a young man, and later returned as a regular parishioner.
He married Geraldine Anderson in 1958 and had three sons, Carl (who is married to Jenny Peters), Eric (who died in 1999) and Kurt.
In 1995, Bill married Nancy Buffington, who brought him four grown stepchildren: William Buffington, Timothy Buffington, Sheryl Douglas and Sharlene McCambridge. Bill also loved his grandson, Evan Robbins, as well as Nancy's nine grandchildren: Will, Jancy, Jonathan, Amanda, Spencer, Lucy, Augie, Roman and Elizabeth who all fondly called him "PaPa Bill."
Bill loved intensely and he was intensely loved. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at:
Trinity Episcopal Church
609 Eighth Ave
Seattle, Washington 98104
Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Remembrances may be made to: William G. Lucks Memorial Fund, The Seattle Foundation, IBM Building, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1300, Seattle, WA 98101-3151.
Published in The Seattle Times on July 14, 2013