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Joe Panattoni
Joe Panattoni passed away peacefully on January 22, surrounded by family. Joe lived a full, long, and happy life of devotion to his family, service to his country and community, integrity in his law career, and good times with friends.
Born May 29, 1927 in Cle Elum, Washington to new Americans Giocondo and Teresa Panattoni, he grew up in many small railroad stops on the Northern Pacific Railway. At 15, he was pressed into service as a telegrapher for the railroad while so many men were off to war. He attended high school in Thorp and loved the small school where he was able to be involved in every sport and activity and make lifelong friends. Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately after graduation and spent Christmas of his 18th year on the destroyer escort USS Weber in the Pacific. Upon his return, Joe was grateful for the GI bill and began studies at Central Washington State College. After graduation from Gonzaga Law School, he married teacher Marilyn Killgore, a fellow Thorp High School and Central Washington State College graduate. They were happily married in 1953, and have remained so for over 62 years.
Joe was elected Kittitas County Prosecutor in 1958 and enjoyed every day of service and everyone he worked with for 28 years. Joe appreciated his wonderful office staff and enjoyed working with local officials and attorneys in a wide variety of issues, contracts, and trial work. Joe was an driven participant in the democratic process, never missed the privilege of voting, was a dedicated blood donor, active in the Bar Association, served on the Central Washington University Board of Trustees and Foundation, and as president of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.
Joe was well-read and interested in politics and current events, finance, architecture, engineering, and loved outdoor adventures in camping, hunting, and fishing. He was a serious competitor at any game from tennis to cards, and looked forward to every Gonzaga basketball season. On trips to Italy, relatives were so happy to meet their family from America, and Joe did his best to speak his childhood Italian.
Joe was preceded in death by his younger brother Jimmy and his parents. He is survived by his cherished wife Marilyn, who showed her love and devotion every day. Also left to treasure his love and legacy are his children Debbie (Fran) Forgette, Rhonda (Andy) Watson, and Marcia (Michael Lindstrom) Panattoni and his grandchildren Joseph (Kathleen) Forgette, Patrick Forgette, Zachary Watson, Roslyn Watson, Kyle Lindstrom, and Alex Lindstrom.
A celebration of Joe's life will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Ellensburg. Memorial donations may be made in Joe's name to Hospice Friends, 302 South Main Street, Ellensburg, Washington 98926.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brooksidefhc.com.

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Published in Daily Record on Jan. 27, 2016
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