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John Frazier Rawlings

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John Frazier RAWLINGS John Frazier Rawlings died February 18, 2011 serenely and with grace, exhibiting the strength of character and quiet confidence he exemplified throughout his life. Cancer got his body, but not his spirit. John is survived by his true love and partner of 50 years, Sally Meyer Rawlings, sons Doug (Kay) and Greg (Elizabeth), and grandchildren Wilson, Cameron, Elena and Johnathan. John and his brothers, Peter, Gerry and Dick, grew up in a US Air Force family with their father, Gen. E.W. Rawlings and mother Muriel. John was a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he and Sally met and married. He served in the Air Force before beginning his civilian career as a building contractor in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and later in Seattle, Washington. John loved the outdoors, especially boating and watching the weather change on Saratoga passage. His strong hands built and fixed homes for his family and many others, and recently turned to restoring classic VW vans. He was a skilled all around fixer and builder, a collector of good stories and good friends, a loyal and affectionate husband, father and grandfather, and a positive example and mentor to many. John is also survived by brothers Peter and Dick Rawlings, three Rawlings sisters-in law, brother-in-law Rick Meyer (Carol,) numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in Washington state, Hawaii, Virginia and New York as well as Beta Theta Pi fraternity brothers, fellow boaters, builders and friends - all were family to him. We'll all miss him, but his memories surround us. John's family suggests gifts in his memory be made to Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. Find links at JohnRawlings.vpweb.com or that you find a young person to mentor. A celebration of John's life will be held on Monday, March 7 at 3:00p.m. at Golden Gardens Bathhouse north of Shilshole Marina.
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 2, 2011
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