Wallace May

Wallace Gordon May of Bothell, Washington, passed away on April 6, 2017, in Silver Lake, WA. He was born August 8, 1936, to Edward and Myrtle (Meeks) May in Lewiston, ID.

In the mid 1940s his family moved from Clarkston to Port Townsend where he learned the benefit of hard work while helping his folks at May’s Variety Store. After graduating from Port Townsend High School, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Western Washington College. Using his business degree, he joined Peoples National Bank eventually rising to branch manager. As branch manager, Wally was transferred to Vashon Island. After a decades-long career in banking he switched careers to be the office manager at Seafoods West and then to real estate broker at John L. Scott. After retirement and 33 years on Vashon Island, Wally and his wife, Carolyn, moved to Bothell.

In his career, his clients always spoke fondly of him and were grateful for his honest and easy-going demeanor. And in all he met, he will be fondly remembered as a kind and gentle friend, with an endearing sense of humor and a contagious laugh.

He was an active member of the Vashon chapter of the Kiwanis, using his banking skills as treasurer for many years. Most of his free time was spent with his family, both immediate and extended, whom he loved dearly and unconditionally.

In his spare time, Wally enjoyed golfing – winning the 2005 Vashon Island Country Club’s President’s Cup Trophy and the 2006 Couples Championship with his wife.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughters Nikki (Walter Turner) and Dee May (partner Heidi Bracher); sister Colleen Gawle (Al) of Port Townsend; and granddaughter Jessica Turner. He will also be missed by his in-laws Marilyn and Doug Southern and his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Celebration of Wally’s life will be held later.

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