Floyd Willette, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2011 from complications of pneumonia. A native of Anacortes, Floyd was born on December 27, 1932 in the old Anacortes Hospital where the present library is now. His mother Verna was also born and raised in Anacortes.
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Floyd graduated from Anacortes High School, as did his children and 3 of his grandchildren. He supported Anacortes over the years, with donations for a new scoreboard for the Marguerite and Don Daniels Field, a reading area in the new library, property to the city to benefit the Anacortes Forest Lands, and a business park currently in development.
Floyd was a star athlete for Anacortes High School in the early 50's. He placed 2nd in state heavyweight boxing in his senior year and pitched a "no hitter" for AHS.
After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1953, where he played baseball as a pitcher. During this time he beat Don Larsen, the same year Larsen pitched a perfect game for the Yankees in the World Series. Floyd was signed by the Seattle Rainiers in 1954, but his career was cut short with a severe injury to his elbow.
Floyd's working years included: the Anacortes Plywood Mill, Anacortes Police Department, Skagit County Sherriff's Department, and Secret Harbor School. He also owned and operated Willette's Floor Covering until his retirement. Later, along with his wife Mary, owned and operated Scimitar Ridge Ranch. The last several years were spent in retirement. He was also a life member of the Elks USA, Anacortes #1204.
Floyd is survived by his wife, Mary; his former wife, Jeanne (Brannon) Willette; his daughter, Lori Gold and husband, Dave of Anacortes; son, Mike Willette and partner Babette Fulgham of Everett, son, Greg Willette from San Diego; stepson, Michael Andersen and his wife Trina of Bow; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
At Floyd's request, there will be no public service.
For any remembrances to Floyd, please send to The Floyd Willette Sports Scholarship Fund, c/o Anacortes Schools Foundation, 2200 M Ave, Anacortes, WA, 98221.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands.
To share memories of Floyd, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on May 25, 2011