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William Sam Hassen

The family centered life of William Sam Hassen ended peacefully in the early hours of May 3, 2018 just as the sunlight graced the morning sky and Cascades Mountains. This provided our father a serene ride on the golden rays. He graced mother earth and blessed his family with 89 years of love, laughter, advice and insight. He is one of the few hard working men remaining of the post war and depression period. As a result, he was determined to give his wife and children an educated life filled with personal growth, strong work ethic and care for mankind. His journey included the love of his life, Mabel Hassen. They have been married for 69 years. All of those years within a three-mile stretch of what is now SeaTac, Washington. Following his service with the Washington National Guard and college at Central Washington, he and Mabel took over the operation of the 7 Gables Restaurant from his father and mother, Sam and Asma Hassen. It was during this time Bill and Mabel took up water skiing on Lake Sammamish. On each trip they would drive by a four-plex and say to each other, "we should build one of those." Needless to say, not only did he build a four-plex but many other apartments and commercial buildings in the south end. From that he became a builder, developer and property manager. His kindness, diligence and care is well known today by those people and companies that had occupied his facilities.

Bill and Mabel raised three children. Family activities included water skiing, camping trips, family gatherings, and spontaneous acts of memorable fun including attending and rooting for the University of Washington football team since 1959. Hello Dawg Fans!!

Bill and Mabel had a very special time when wintering in Arizona. The friends they met, the activities such as baseball, golf and tennis filled their days with joy, happiness and bliss. Each day was blessed with everyone looking out for each other. The exact type of world Bill and Mabel aspired to be a part.

Bill is survived by his wife Mabel, his three children Bill (Judy), Jackie and Rick (Cherarmy), eight grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, his sister Jamel Barden (Paul), and late sister Dora Shamseldin.

This admired man was blessed with knowing the importance of family and friendship. He knew you build closeness by being transparent, by listening, by being loyal, by communicating warmth, by allowing for change and by trusting. He always strived for quality not quantity. It would bring him great comfort knowing his family carries with them these very same characteristics along with his superior work ethic.

We thank you father and are grateful for your stewardship.

A special thank you to the staff of Normandy Park Assisted Living and to Wesley Homes. Your care and consideration on behalf of our father will be forever appreciated. May you all be blessed in your journey of life.

A service and celebration of life will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, May 30th at

Grace Lutheran Church

22975 24th Avenue South

Des Moines, WA 98198;


No flowers are necessary. If you wish to donate on behalf of our father, do so knowing someone in need will benefit by your kindness.
Published in The Seattle Times from May 20 to May 27, 2018
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