Rene E. Lagrange
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Rene E. Lagrange

Loving and wise Husband, Father, and Grandfather passed away peacefully on March 27th, 2020. He was 77 years old.

Rene was born on August 8, 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at West Allis Hospital. His mother was named Consuelo and his father, also named Rene Lagrange, was from Mexico City, D.F., whose job at Allis Chalmers required travel throughout the United States.

Rene was raised in Mexico City, in the Colonia Roma neighborhood. He loved riding his bike, reading, and playing with his siblings and cousins. Rene was very close to his Grandmother, Mama Chelito, who played a large part in raising him and whom he loved dearly. Because he was born an American citizen, he decided to take advantage of that citizenship and left Mexico City at 16 years old for an adventure of a lifetime. His first stop was Los Angeles. He knew no English and learned by taking jobs in restaurants as a dishwasher, then became a waiter. He worked in Los Angeles for several years, traveled to Europe and visited Mexico often. He came to Seattle in 1962. He always said that he arrived when they were "sweeping the grounds" after the Seattle World's Fair. He worked as a waiter in Seattle for over 30 years at restaurants (that no longer exist) such as, The Tiki Hut, The Hilton, The Mirabeau, and Lofurno's. Rene met his beautiful, kind and loving wife, Clarissa in Seattle, and had two children. With his family, he enjoyed summer road trips from Seattle to Mexicali, Mexico in Chevy Suburbans. When a tire blew, he would fix it himself and call AAA as a last resort. After he left the restaurant industry, he started his one-man handyman business in where he liked to call himself a "micro contractor". He had the most solid work ethic and instilled that in his children. He was always the hardest worker in the room. Rene was an avid collector of all things, some treasure and some junk. He was a wheeler and dealer, buyer and seller and loved every minute of it. He had a knack for knowing when something was worth money and when something was garbage. He loved to thrift shop, garage sale and tinker around the house. He would always say, "Everything is for sale except my family". Outside contractors were never called to the house he lived in for 50 years. He enjoyed remodeling it and fixing anything in it. He had quite a green thumb and anything he planted grew. He loved Seattle and said the weather in Seattle is the most perfect in the world. He especially loved the wind and rain. Rene was the most generous soul. He was always gifting things to people, and loved feeding and putting together food for anyone that came to the house. He even loved feeding the birds. He once gave someone the shirt off his back - literally. With his generosity, he would never expect anything in return. He was quite the foodie, and savored every bite of food he put in his mouth. His wife, Clarissa is an amazing cook, and he enjoyed all of her delicious cooking especially her mole and soups. He always tried to outdo himself with eating the hottest peppers and offering people $1 if they would take just one bite. He would talk about how you can put anything into a tortilla and it will always be good. Even though he left Mexico at a young age, he was a Mexican at heart. Rene was hilarious, silly, charming and very intelligent. He was a goofball, that made many laugh. He treated everyone with respect, and was wise beyond his years. He had more integrity than most people, and enjoyed being good to people and helping people. He loved poetry, philosophy and prayed often. He read many, many books in is life, and always said that "books are the best source of knowledge". One of his favorite authors was Erich Fromm. Rene was constantly thankful and grateful for what God gave him, and always put his family first. He was gracious and had impeccable manners. He believed in being a noble and decent person. He was a gentleman that was truly special and unique. No one who met Rene forgot his kind heart, witty charm, sparkly green eyes, distinguished accent, distinct views on society and the world, and love for chit chat. He truly had a passion for life, and enjoyed every second of it without fear and a constant positive attitude. He feared nothing. He treasured his wife and 2 children and worked hard to provide for them with love. He truly is in heaven.

Those left that will cherish his memory are his lovely wife, Clarissa Lagrange whom he was married to for 50 years; his son, Andre Lagrange, grandchildren Logan and Ameliah; daughter, Flavia Lagrange and Mark Hoene, his son-in-law.

A gathering to celebrate Rene will be held when people are allowed to gather again. Please sign the online guest book at http://harveyfuneral.com" >harveyfuneral.com and leave your email address, so you can be contacted with date and details.

Hoffner Fisher & Harvey

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Published in The Seattle Times on May 17, 2020.
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May 26, 2020
I worked with Rene at the Tiki Hut restaurant in the late 60's and early 70's. We were both young men and full of life. I was always struck by Rene's loyalty as a friend and I could always count on him. Our lives then went in different directions and I didn't see him until the last several years. Our paths again crossed at our parish, Christ the King in Greenwood. I will always remember his presence in my life. He generated such joy. The man had a twinkle in his eye, full of charm and mirth and love. Bill Knapp
Bill Knapp
Friend
May 25, 2020
So many special memories growing up spending time in your wonderful, loving home. Thank you for the watermelon juice, the peppers, the piñata parties, your beautiful daughter and too many laughs to count. Your contagious smile will live on in our hearts forever. Love you
Terry Wensley
Friend
May 25, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Carmen Steiner
Friend
May 23, 2020
We were very, very sorry to hear that Rene passed away. He was a great friend, and we will miss him.
Ben and Dorothy Egaas
Friend
May 21, 2020
Siempre vamos a recordar a Rene por todos sus chistes. Siempre nos hacía reír.Me acordaré de Rene cada vez que este cocinando y usando la variedad de cuchillos que me regaló. Clarissa, tuviste suerte de tener un esposo que te hacía muchas cosas. Tu hermana, Margarita
Margarita Hale
Family
May 21, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Nora Walker
Friend
May 21, 2020
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JUAN M PRIETO
May 21, 2020
To the family, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Lagrange and just the description above is exactly the man I remember. I even had the pleasure of dancing with him to some románticas del recuerdo. An amazing man
Sorry for your and loss and may The Lord hold him in his Glory
Lydia Lindstrom
Family
May 21, 2020
My heart goes out to you! I cannot imagine such a huge loss! Prayers for strength, comfort AND lots of love from God, your children & grandchildren!!!
XO
Kathy Ford
Friend
May 20, 2020
I never had the pleasure of meeting Rene...but, one's child is a direct reflection of their parents, and that let's you know something about them. Andre, Rene's son, is a good, kind man and a wonderful, dedicated father! He looks out for folks best interests and is friendly and welcoming to all. That says a lot about Rene...a good, gentle man who taught his Son what builds good character. I'm sure Rene had great character. I'm sure Rene will be missed by many. God bless Rene and all his family and friends.
Cindy Collier
Friend
May 20, 2020
He was a good friend, one of a kind, a class act and will be missed by many of us.
R.W. Clay
Friend
May 20, 2020
Rene, always had a good story of his life growing up in Mexico. We are sure going to miss you.
Rest in Peace my friend.
conrad zavala
Friend
May 20, 2020
Tio René was one of the kindest, funniest and most genuine people I've known. I met him in 1977 when I started dating his oldest nephew who is now my husband. He immediately treated me like family, and I've always known Clarissa and him as Tia and Tio. We would visit them in their home often as they lived only a couple of blocks from my husband's family in Ballard. René would always take the time to sit and socialize when we came by, and he had a knack for cracking us up. He never failed to ask my how my family was when I saw him and he got to know each and every one of them. Rest in Peace Tio, you were one-of-a-kind.
Louise Molieri
Family
May 19, 2020
Rene always made me feel welcome. He had a calmness about him that I admired. He will be greatly missed. Love, Tara
Tara Douglas
Friend
May 19, 2020
Dejas los mejores recuerdos en todos los que tuvimos la Bendición de coincidir contigo. Maravilloso Ser Humano de nobles sentimientos, lleno de valores. Trabajador , magnifico hijo , hermano, cuñado, padre, esposo, amigo. René estarás siempre en nuestros corazones, Gracias por tanto amor! Dios te Bendice. Clarissa, Flavia y André los abrazo con mi corazón por siempre.
Silvia Lagrange
Family
May 19, 2020
René was the Daddy that never let the friends of his daughter Flavia leave the house with out eating something delicious! The daddy who always had us laughing and forever had a treasure for you to take home. My thoughts and prayers are with you Clarissa. The world lost a real treasure when René passed.
Shawn Needham
Friend
May 19, 2020
Clarissa, Flavia, and Andre,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I did not spend much time with Rene but I do know that I always felt so welcome in your home and I enjoyed my first fried plantains at your home. You have such a wonderful close family that will forever be strong with Rene in your fabric that will continue to be quilted together for the rest of your years and beyond. May you forever be blessed.
Love, Danni
Danni Orne
Friend
May 19, 2020
Rene was a friend & neighbor for over 30 years.our children were raised together & Clarissa my best friend. His humor & philosophy if life was unforgettable.He will always be missed,and now is keeping the Angel's laughing. Rest in peace my friend.love Pat & Tammy
Tammy Gregg
Neighbor
May 19, 2020
I will remember Mr. Lagrange as a loving and caring man who always had a smile on his face and a funny story to share. He was a kind gentleman with a beautiful soul, full of love and faith.
Someone as special as Rene will never be forgotten.

Dear Flavia and Clarissa, I hope the precious memories you carry in your heart will help you through this difficult time. I am always here for you.
Maria Betancourt
Friend
May 19, 2020
Clarissa, I was so saddened to hear of your husband Rene's passing. I only met him once or twice but he was such a sweet person I felt honored to know him. Please know that we are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you and your family hugs and wishing you all peace. Judy and Doug Martin
Judith Martin
Friend
May 19, 2020
I was fortunate to call René a friend. I came to know him and Clarissa through their lovely daughter, Flavia. René was a wonderful and kind man who possessed one of the most gentle souls of anyone Ive ever met. He was also quite the mixologist! His Cuba Libre is still one of the best adult beverages Ive ever enjoyed. My sincere condolences to his beautiful family and vast network of friends who were blessed to have known him.
Blair Johnson
Friend
May 19, 2020
When I think of Rene, I smile. He always had an interesting story or a bit of wise advise. This world is a much less interesting place without Rene Lagrange.
Cheri Streby
Friend
May 18, 2020
Oh Tio. You were truly a special man. As your flower girl to you being able to see me get married and have my own family you always showed your love for me as your little Kuku. You always asked about my family when I saw or talked to you on the phone. That was the caring man you were. Family gathering were always special when you were around. You could light up a room. You loved life. If you were sick or upset no one would have ever known because when you were with us you were always smiling and loving. You were such a positive and God loving man. A man who loved his food, family, life, and everyone and everything around him (even the birds) you will be dearly missed. Know as you Rest In Peace in Heaven that your family here is loved and we will help them through this hard and tough times. Lots of love Kuku, Ross, Kobe, and Mia
Karla MolieriFelt
Family
May 18, 2020
We will miss you Rene. You were such a kind neighbor and always had nice things to say when we saw you. The neighborhood is not the same without you. Rest In Peace.
Mark
Neighbor
May 18, 2020
I remember Rene' so fondly he was wonderful to me when I worked in the kitchen at Lofurno's. Many blessings to you and your family at this hard time.
Lisa Lofurno-Morlock
Friend
May 18, 2020
Rest In Peace Rene. Thoughts and prayers are with your loving family at this difficult time. God bless
Darlene and Jerry Schmid
Friend
May 18, 2020
Your description of Ren'e is perfect. Lucky Clarissa. Flavia, Andr'e and the grandchildren and us who knew him. My prayers are with you all at this time Please let me know when a service will be held. Cornelia Miller csmiller4@msn.com
Cornelia Miller
May 18, 2020
So sorry for your loss. He was a very special guy.
Eileen Hoene
Family
May 18, 2020
We were so sorry to hear of Rene's passing. It was truly a lovely tribute you wrote to him, reading it made us feel like we were with him again sharing stories about life and laughing. Family was everything for Rene, he was so proud of you all. You are in our hearts. Lin and Marko Rosenthal
Marko Rosenthal
Friend
May 18, 2020
He was a neighbor and friend to my entire family, showering us with jokes, gifts and wisdom. We loved him dearly and will miss him.
Ben Krokower
Neighbor
May 18, 2020
Rene siempre te recordaremos y extranaremos!que Dios nuestro padre te conceda el descanso eterno! Petra y familia
May 18, 2020
A beautiful soul who is dearly missed.
Jenn Ruzumna
Neighbor
May 18, 2020
There was no one and I mean no like Rene'. He and his wife raised a wonderful daughter that I was lucky enough to marry. He was so full of positive energy and always had a kind way about him that made you happy to see him. I will miss him dearly.
Mark Hoene
Family
May 18, 2020
Te extrañamos Primo
nico prieto
Family
May 18, 2020
We are so saddened to learn of Rene's passing. We know Rene & Clarissa
from their years of coming to our estate sales. We were always happy to see them on Sunday afternoon. We took time to speak to them both and over the years became friends. I think they enjoyed coming to the sales just to say Hi and chat with us (and, of course, shop). I have personally experienced his kindness on many occasions. Always kind. Always sincere. Always thoughtful. Such a beautiful spirit. Be at peace, my friend. We will miss you.
Cathie Tomlinson
Friend
May 17, 2020
We miss you, Rene, and think of you every day as we walk around the neighborhood.

Julia, Michael, and Zane
May 17, 2020
I will miss Rene, not only he was everything for my sister , but super friendly with me sharing his salsa picante y las tortillas
Rosa Meeser
Sister
May 17, 2020
He was a great man that always put family first. The world is darker to have lost him.
ZACHARY HOENE
Family
May 17, 2020
Recuerdo lo hermoso que veías la vida ... como amabas a Clarisa a tus hijos . Mi mamá siempre se refería muy bonito de ti y de Clarisa .. para mi papá fueron sobrinos muy querido . Mi sobrino Renecito decía ❤ Me uno a su dolor .. un abrazo al cielo Rene .. todo mi cariño para cada uno de ustedes
Judith Prieto
Family
May 17, 2020
Winner of the "Best Waiter at Lofurno's" award and big part of the BEST CREW ever assembled in a Ristorante . People like Rene never truly leave us ..........phil
phil Lofurno
Friend
May 17, 2020
So sorry to read about Rene's passing. My thoughts and prayers to Clarissa and family. Margaret
Margaret Shea
May 17, 2020
I miss you, Rene. I was lucky to have you as a neighbor all these years. The hummingbirds are out and, no doubt, looking for you.
Gavin
Neighbor
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