William Pearce NEWMAN (1935 - 2018)

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William Pearce

Family and friends mourn the recent passing of William Pearce Newman.
Bill was born in Spokane, Washington, to William Albert and Norene Newman in 1935. In 1954, he graduated from Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane and subsequently graduated with a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Administration from Washington State University in 1958 where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and U.S. Army ROTC.
After graduation Bill was hired as a Salesman for the Davenport Hotel in Spokane which marked the beginning of a long and tremendously successful career where he traveled the world, met dignitaries but most importantly had a profound impact on the people he met. Bill loved people. This genuine interest and caring for people led to sincere connections and life-long friendships throughout the hospitality industry and beyond. He remembered people and had a gift for making everyone feel special regardless of title or position.
Bill's life was full of adventure and engagement and his career was no exception. During his career he had the opportunity to work at the Seattle Olympic Hotel (1961), the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego (1963) and the Carefree Inn, Carefree, Arizona (1964). Ultimately his career took Bill and his family back to Seattle where he became Executive Vice-President of Westin Hotels & Resorts.
Throughout his career, Bill remained a passionate Cougar and stayed actively engaged with WSU in leadership and fundraising. In 1993 he was recognized by Washington State University for
outstanding service & leadership in enhancing the quality and visibility of WSU's Hotel & Restaurant program. Bill was also recently nominated for induction into the WSU Hospitality Hall of Fame.
Bill married his wife Leone in 1959. Bill and Leone's marriage of 58 years successfully navigated career changes, relocations and the raising of four children all the while maintaining a thoughtful and loving relationship. Bill's children fondly recall the family adventures ranging from dude ranches in Montana and skiing in Whistler to tours of the White House and plays on Broadway. In addition, Bill's children will remember a kind and loving father who conveyed values and life lessons through gentle guidance and his own actions. He led by example.
Bill is survived by his wife Leone, sons and daughter, Russ, Kevin, Kirk and Katy, his brother Tom, 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grand- children and countless friends. Bill loved each member of his family dearly and his family and friendships were one of his proudest accomplishments and possessions.
We invite you to share your memories of Bill at www.legacy.com. A celebration of Bill's life will take place on September 9, 2018 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a in Bill's name.

Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 12, 2018