Gordon Donald Magill: 1921-2017

Mar 29, 2017

Gordon Donald Magill (Gordy), of Camano Island and a former longtime resident of Edmonds, died peacefully at home Feb. 24 after a brief hospital stay.

Gordy was born in East Stanwood on Sept. 7, 1921, before that town merged with Stanwood, Washington. He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 60 years, Janet (Nelson). He is survived by his son Jay Magill and daughter-in-law June (Yost) of Edmonds, grandchildren Lisa Palmatier (Mark) of Edmonds, Cara Horn (Chris) of Hainesville, Illinois, and great-grandson William, also of Hainesville.

He graduated from Edmonds High School and Edison Vocational School (now Seattle Central College) as a sheet metal worker, and entered the Navy during World War II, serving in the South Pacific on a submarine tender. After the war, he worked for various heating ventilating companies before joining the maintenance force of Edmonds School District, working there until he retired.

He and Janet dearly loved recreational travel, owning travel trailers, camper vans, an outboard cruiser and, finally, a retired Greyhound bus that he converted into a recreational vehicle, spending their last years of active travel as snowbirds in Arizona and Washington.

Gordy was a tinkerer, an engineer without benefit of formal training. Those who knew him marveled at his ability to use block and tackle, gears and pulleys, and motors to pull tree stumps, move heavy objects or power a shop door.

A private family graveside service was held at Edmonds Memorial Cemetery. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, you send donations in Gordy’s memory to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (www.fredhutch.com), Camano Island Fire & Rescue (Volunteer Firefighter Scholarship Fund), or the Camano Animal Shelter Association (CASA) (www.camanoanimalshelter.com).


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