William Ernest Garnett Bill Garnett died peacefully at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor on July 20, 2013, surrounded by his family. William Ernest Garnett was born December 21st, 1946 in Tacoma. Bill spent his childhood in Rosedale, playing in the bay with his brother Greg, his cousins, and his dog Yogi. After graduating from Peninsula High School in 1965, he attended the University of Washington, where he studied history. Prior to completing his studies, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, obtaining the rank of sergeant and completing a tour of duty in Vietnam. Bill finished his undergraduate studies at the UW and then earned a J.D. at the University of Puget Sound School of Law. In 1977, Bill opened a law practice in Oroville, Washington. He, his first wife Linda, and their three children enjoyed the outdoors and were active members of the community. Bill was a great dad. He coached youth soccer and was a leader at Trinity Episcopal Church. In 1998 Bill moved to Bend, Oregon to begin a new career in the technology industry. He married Barbara McPeak later that year. The couple later returned to Bill's hometown of Gig Harbor, where he and Barbara enjoyed life together amongst friends and family. Bill delighted in being a grandpa to grandsons Willie, Pete, and Charlie, and was a wonderful uncle to his nieces and nephews. Bill was a voracious reader and a great storyteller. Throughout his life, Bill entertained others with perfectly crafted tales laced with his signature humor. He was his family's source of historical information and trivia. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Margaret, and is survived by his wife Barbara, brother Greg (Karen), son Nathan (Sarah, and children William, Peter, and Charles), daughter Jenny, and son Derek. Donations in his honor may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Aug. 21, 2013