Anthony B. (Tony) Reece (1936 - 2017)

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Anthony (Tony) B. Reece Anthony (Tony) B. Reece, 81 passed away peacefully on August 16, 2017, at Virginia Mason Hospital from complications of AML (leukemia). Anthony was born March 11, 1936, in Darrington, WA, to Albert and Lauretta (Mulhurn) Reece, the seventh of eight children. He graduated from Darrington High School and served in the US Army where he played fiddle on a radio show in Germany, then joined his brothers building Reece Brothers Logging Company until 1978 when he started HiLine Helicopters where he left his mark. He flew for many government agencies including the USGS, the US Forest Service and National Park Service. He assisted in over 400 search and rescue missions before retiring in March of 2016. He was a member of Helicopter Assoc. International for 31 years. He received several awards during his career including the HAI 2002 Pilot Safety Award, HAI 2008 Salute to Excellence - Robert E Trimble Memorial Award, 2012 US Dept. of Interior Citizen's Award for Bravery and 2012 Trail Builder of the Year. Anthony had a zest for life. He always had a smile from ear to ear. He was humble with a kind and generous heart. He was dedicated to his family and community. He loved hunting, fishing and flying. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 plus years, Betty Sue; children, Floyd "Pete" (Suzie) Reece, Sarah (Calvin) Burlingame, William Taylor, and Heather (David) Baker all of Darrington; his grandchildren, Cody McDaniels, Jeb Reece, Tony Green, Sabrina Green, Kody Taylor, Kaitlyn Taylor, Dylan Taylor, Jesse Baker, and Caresse Baker; his great grandchildren, Hunter, Jocelynn, Lydia, Lou, Elliott, Reece, Cara and Karson; sister, Teresa Howard; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Joan Jones, Artis Petrich, Jackie Nordstrom, brothers, Alden, Clayton and Monte Reece. A private family only Committal service will be on Friday, August 25,2017. A celebration of his life will be held at the Darrington Community Center on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Noon. He was one of a kind, a hero and mentor. He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Darrington Community Center or the Darrington Memorial Dinners, PO Box 698, Darrington, WA 98241.


Published in The Herald (Everett) on Aug. 22, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
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