Walter D. (Walt) Bailey
1919 - 2016
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Sept. 2, 1919 - May 27, 2016 Walt passed away at the age of 96. He was born in Seaside, Ore. He moved several times as a young boy, finally settling in the Marysville, Wash. area (Whiskey Ridge). As a young teenager, he was in the Civilian Conservation Corps, two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was stationed at Fort Shafter, Honolulu, Hawaii, at the time Pearl Harbor was bombed. After being discharged from the service, he returned home to the "Ridge", where he met the love of his life, Verla Johnson. They were married July 3, 1947. From their union they raised three sons: Curt (Christie), Jerry (Sue) and Tim (Cathy). In addition he leave behind 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. He is also survived by sisters-in-law: Ila Bayha, Dorthy Johnson and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Verla; brother, Ralph Hawkins; two grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Walt retired from the Weyerhauser Company after 34 years, in September of 1981. While in the 3C's, he developed a great love for the outdoors, especially the mountains and their beauty. From this love, he developed a relationship with the U.S. Forest Service and the State's Department of Natural Resources doing volunteer work with his fellow 3C'ers and their alumni group. From this relationship he was able to layout, design and build what today is known as the "Walt Bailey Trail"; it is enjoyed by many people for hiking and the beauty he saw in the mountains. He was a Volunteer Firefighter for 27 years with Snohomish County District #22 - Getchell, involved with the Marysville Historical Society, the 3C's Alumni Association and the Pearl Harbor Survivors. He also did many speaking engagements with the surrounding schools on the 3C's and Pearl Harbor. Walt loved hunting, fishing, eating crab, and razor clams. Services will be at the "92nd Street Church", 4226 92nd St. NE, Marysville, WA at 11:00 a.m. on June 25, 2016. Final resting place, Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. Donations in Walt's name may be made to either the Marysville Historical Society or Snohomish County Fire District #22 - Getchell.

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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Jun. 11 to Jun. 13, 2016.
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June 24, 2016
Remembering all the good times we spent together... You will be missed.
Lisa Eddy
June 23, 2016
Uncle Walt, you were always a gentle man to me growing up. Going to your home for outdoor meals was treat in the Summer for sure. I am glad you are with Verla now, we should all be so lucky.
Bill Atkinson
June 15, 2016
A truer friend could never be found, a better asset to the community could never be, Both Walt and his wife Verla were the limbs on the tree. The tree that made Getchell a great place to live was spurred by this family, a giant limb off that tree has now fallen, But their fond memories will last forever.
June 13, 2016
My wife and I have known Walt and the Bailey family for many years. Having grown up in the Getchell area and living there all my life, I had many occasions to converse with Walt, and Verla. We served together on the Getchell Volunteer fire department. Walt was a God-send for us. When we needed some machining done, like a brass chimney nozzle we couldn't afford to purchase, he made it for us. God's peace be with you, Walt, and condolences to the family.
June 12, 2016
RIP Walt Bailey. Many have enjoyed your work on the trail, and many more will for years to come. My condolences to the family.
Bruce Henson
June 11, 2016
How I remember the many stories that my Dad brought home from Weyerhaeuser when I was growing up in Everett. Walt was one of the good guys in the machine shop. My sympathy and good thoughts go out to the whole family.
Karen Joyce
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