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Milo Klym Forman LOCKLEAR

1982 ~ 2013

"Sonny" Milo Locklear crossed over to the Light on September 1, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Milo attended Highline High School and graduated from Mt. Rainier High School in 2000 with honors and an AA degree from Highline Community College. His goals were to complete his BA in Hospitality Management and to raise a family.

Born in Seattle on March 25, 1982, Milo had a unique upbringing with deep roots in the performing arts and Pacific NW. He travelled to Europe and W. Africa with his touring artist mother, played soccer, danced at Folklife Festivals and hiked in the Olympic National Park. Milo played piano recitals and composed until high school and won Magic card game tournaments. At age 14 he mastered the arts of sleight-of-hand card magic and balloon twisting with a mentor. Milo landed his first steady job as an in-house children's store balloon artist after donating his time and skills. He was kept busy by entertainment agencies and then established his own company. In 2011 Milo was voted "Pike Street Market Entertainer of the Summer." For the past two years Milo shared his spirit and talents at the Space Needle. His bright beaming smile and colorful balloon sculptures brought joy to countless children and tourists and will not be forgotten.

Around age 17 Milo delved into the insurance industry. He received great personal satisfaction helping people and surpassed sales quotas. Milo travelled some more in his mid-twenties working as a waiter aboard a paddlewheel style cruise ship on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. After he and fellow crew were transferred to a sister ship in May 2007, the Empress of the North hit an iceberg in the frigid waters of Icy Strait near Juneau, Alaska. Water began rushing into Milo's quarters. Milo wrote: "...There's a huge hole in the boat and we're taking on water quickly ... it's starting to tip ... we as a crew really came together unselfishly and evacuated the boat and these people..." Milo's bravery and optimism were hallmarks of his life. His heartfelt love for family and friends was strong.

Milo is survived by sister Sofia Locklear and parents Jim and Sandra Locklear of Seattle with extended family in Seattle, Canada, and S. Carolina. All too soon for silence our sensitive son and brother Milo shall forever be deeply missed. We take comfort knowing that Shaku Jo Ko or "Pure Light" is on a beautiful new path of adventure with eagle feather in hand. There will be a private celebration of Milo's life in October.

Memorial donations in Milo's honor may be made to: NAMI Greater Seattle, 802 NW 70th Street, Seattle, WA 98117.

On Tues., October 8 at 6:30 PM there will be a public candle Light vigil held on the Monorail side of the Space Needle in support of the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding. Go to www.bonneywatson.com or www.legacy.com/seattletimes or www.milolocklear.wordpress.com for more on Milo or to share photos and memories.
Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 5 to Oct. 7, 2013
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