Camano Island - Basil Badley passed away peacefully the morning of July 30th. Born in John Day, Oregon April 1936 to Wayne and Audrey Badley.
Basil graduated high school from Gonzaga Prep. In 1960, he graduated Gonzaga Law School. He was President of the Young Democrats of Washington, an opportunity that allowed him to meet President John F Kennedy. He enjoyed volunteer coaching high school basketball and baseball. He would move on to coach the Connie Mack Division of the American Amateur Baseball Congress.
He began his career as an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. In 1970, he left the AG's office to form the law firm "Carney, Badley and Spellman." For the next 40 years, Basil would serve as a lobbyist at the Washington State Legislature. Held in high regard for his integrity and honesty. Known for his quick wit.
After retirement, Basil focused his efforts to become a WSU Master Gardner. His beautiful garden a tremendous source of pride and joy with vegetables and flowers he readily shared with friends and family alike - while gathering a Facebook following of his daily garden photos. He served as Board President of the Camano Center and President of the Camano Island Democrats. He was always surrounded by one of his loyal (and spoiled) canines. His life was a life filled with friendships on both sides of the aisle, mentorship of many a law student or legislative staffer, travel with his wife of 32 years, love for the arts and his country and the Mariners.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Margaret Haugen, children Marcus Badley, Wally (Elizabeth) Badley, Joan Siderius, Greg (Marilyn) Badley, Janet Pitman, Matt (Heidi) Badley, Leilani Badley. Stepchildren MaryBeth (John) Fisher, Kathy McCall, James (Cherie) Haugen, and Richard (Andrea) Haugen. Basil was proud of his 46 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by son in law Mike Siderius and grandson John Lunde.
Memorial is scheduled for August 21st, 1pm at the Camano Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camano Center, www.camanocenter.org
Published by Stanwood Camano News from Aug. 10 to Aug. 11, 2021.