Walter Lynn Edmiston
In the presence of his loving wife and family members, Walt Edmiston died peacefully on July 20, 2018, following complications from surgery and a fight against cancer that stretched across four decades.
Walt is survived by Ina, his wife of 65 years, his children Laurie (Glenn) Griffin, Steve (Melody) Edmiston, and John (Becky) Edmiston; his grandchildren Taylor, Paige, Madison, Jazmine, and Xander; and his sister Elinor. He was pre-deceased by his parents John C. and Hazel Edmiston, his brother Allen, and baby daughter Peggy.
Born on May 24, 1933, he grew up in Marshall, Washington. His mother was a teacher so education was paramount. School suited Walt - he skipped two grades and graduated from Cheney High School at 16. Being younger than his peers, he struggled to compete in sports. But, he persisted as an athlete and baseball became a passion. He graduated from Eastern Washington College of Education and met Ina while student teaching. They married in August, 1953.
He was drafted within the year, and was selected for Army Security Agency School where he learned Morse code. His tour of duty in Korea with the 330th Communications Reconnaissance Company became inspiration for one of his greatest gifts - story telling.
Walt began his teaching career in the Highline School District. He taught history and economics at Tyee H.S. from the time it opened until his retirement in 1989. Along the way, he earned a Master's Degree in Education, coached baseball, refereed basketball, taught drivers' ed, and, when Tyee launched girls' basketball, he coached the team. It was through his teaching and coaching that his ability to inspire others was perfected.
Walt loved to travel. Summers meant family road-trips and camping - including frequent visits to relatives and to a family cabin on Lake Cocolalla. Walt and Ina chaperoned study abroad programs and hosted foreign students in their home. That's how the family grew to include our beloved German exchange students Silke and Dagmar and their families.
On the day he retired, Walt was discovered on a golf course by a talent scout and began modeling -
including posing for cruise brochures on multiple occasions. Free cruises were part of his compensation, so Walt and Ina took full advantage - traveling to ports of call all over the globe.
Walt's finest role may have been the resiliency and grace with which he battled cancers. The latter half of his life was impacted by this disease but it never defined him. His dignity and love of family were never hostage to his struggle.
Walt faithfully attended Southminster Presbyterian Church
for six decades and, as our patriarch, he routinely led us in family prayer. We believe he left his ravaged body for a better place. But, we miss him so.
A celebration of Walt's life will be held on August 25, 2018
at 1:00 p.m. at Southminster Presbyterian Church
19834 8th Ave S, Des Moines WA.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Des Moines Food Bank, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, or Southminster Presbyterian Church.
Sign Walt's online
Guest Book at www.Legacy.com
Published by The Seattle Times on Aug. 5, 2018.