Melvin McEntire

He loved his life on the island and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Melvin A. McEntire, “Mel,” was born in Seattle, WA, on November 30, 1930.

He passed away on February 6, 2020, in Tacoma, WA, after a short illness at the age of 89.

Mel grew up in Seattle and graduated from Garfield High School in 1950. Soon after his graduation Mel enlisted in the Navy and became a Seabee. During the Korean War, he was honorably discharged in 1954.

Mel married Betty Jo LaSpronce in August of 1953. They made their home in Seattle and they had two children Michael and Patricia. Mel and Betty moved their family to Vashon Island in 1968.

Mel was trained as a Refrigeration Mechanic and made it his career. He was a member of the Plumber/Pipefitters Union Local 32 for 65 years.

Mel enjoyed sports, he coached youth basketball and baseball in Seattle and Vashon. Mel played on a seniors softball team after retirement.

He loved his life on the island and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Mel was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo McEntire. He is survived by his two children Michael (Cindy) of Sumner, Patricia (Scott) of Onalaska and four grandchildren, Erin Hash (Christopher) of Sumner, Bryan McEntire (Liz) of Washington, D.C., Nick Noble and Katie Noble of Onalaska.

A celebration of life will be held on March 7, 2020, at the Vashon Senior Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

In honor of Mel, if you wish to wear a ball cap, that would top it off.

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