Bill Byron Knox passed away peacefully in his home on Vashon Island on August 21st, at the age of 91.
Bill was born in Olympia, Washington to Stanley and Thelma Knox. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman in his youth. He much preferred the outdoors to the classroom. Bill met his wife, Mildred Chambers while attending Olympia High School. On the first date, Mildred’s dog sat between them, the date didn’t end well. Bill graduated from Olympia High School and went to college at the University of Washington. Bill and Mildred met again during a college break, and the dating went much smoother. He completed his education at The Art Center in Pasadena, California.
Bill was a talented architect, artist, and designer. He created the color schemes for K2 skis for many years, and built the original prototype for the K2 ski boot. He then worked at Pacific Research, re-creating human bones and deformities for medical industry training.
As many may know, Bill loved getting together with friends to play music. He would never turn down a chance to play. He would often have large groups in the living room, playing and enjoying a beer or two until the early hours of the morning.
He made it his mission to be kind and helpful to everyone.
Bill is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mildred Knox, son Curt Knox (Cassandra), daughter Jennifer Wilson (Dan), granddaughters Amanda Knox (Christopher Robinson), Deanna Hansen (Vince), Ashley Knox, Delaney Knox, Melinda Wilson and three, almost four great grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, September 9th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in his orchard. 9826 S.W. 117th St. Vashon, WA 98070.
Musical instruments are encouraged.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Vashon Island Pet Protectors.