|Birth: ||Feb. 7, 1933|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 2012|
F. Michael Kilpatrick, 79, passed away peacefully at home in the pre-dawn hours on Tuesday, 4 September, 2012 in the presence of his immediate family.
His death was preceded by both parents (Frank and Eileen Kilpatrick), and his sister (Joy Bauer).
He leaves behind his wife, Sally; his sons, Sean (Rebecca) and Kelly (Salle Certo); his daughter, Erin (Kevin Knox); two granddaughters, Maura and Maeve; and extended family.
Born 7 February, 1933, Mike spent his early years on Lopez Island and Seattle. The only son of a fisherman, Mike was the first in his family to attend university and fished with his father to fund his education. Mike attended both the University of Washington and Western Washington University where he mastered in Education.
Mike began teaching 6th Grade in Anacortes in 1957. He married Sally D. Maughan in 1959, and she joined him teaching in Anacortes. In 1968, Mike took his wife and three kids to Yaounde, Cameroon where they taught at the International School for two years. In addition to teaching, Mike was also the principal and superintendent in Yaounde.
From Africa, he moved his family to Jakarta, Indonesia where he was the principal of a Joint Embassy School for 3 years before returning to the United States. In his years abroad, he managed to take his family completely around the world several times visiting multiple countries along the way.
After returning home he was a principal in Juneau, Alaska for two years, and a principal in Othello, Washington until he retired in 1992. After retiring he and Sally moved to Port Angeles, and then finally returned to Anacortes in 2004.
Mike was the embodiment of a Renaissance Man and was passionate about: the Arts (including painting and theater); Botany (an orchid grower, wild savory mushroom hunter, rose garden aficionado, and cultivator of bamboo); Marine Biology (spending many hours with his children exploring various marine environments, and gathering edibles from the salt-chuck); Gemology (collecting gems and cutting them both in faceted form and as cabochons); Culinary Arts (teaching Chinese cooking classes with community Schools); Global Travel (living with his family in Cameroon and Indonesia); Nature Observation (summers leading treks through the forests on Decatur Island, the desert Pot-Holes in the Columbia Basin, and even being chased by hippos along the banks of the Benue River in West Africa); and Education (serving both as a teacher and principal in his adult life, achieving numerous awards, and arguably creating the first PC database for public schools in the early 1980's).
His greatest love of all was the Human Race which he bestowed upon his entire family, exposing them to myriad cultures in the global environment, and promoting social justice. This love of people also motivated his participation on hospital boards in Othello and Port Angeles, Washington.
Having touched many lives, both at home and abroad, his departure leaves a void that will be felt far and wide for a very long time. He is, and will continue to be, greatly missed.
Donations in his honor can be made to: Gentry House 1208 7th Street, Anacortes, WA, 98221, the Anacortes Community Theater (ACT), P.O. Box 35, Anacortes, WA, 98221 Attn: Denise Cote, or Hospice of the Northwest P.O. Box 1376, Mount Vernon, WA, 98273 www.hospicenw.org.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: Barb
Record added: Sep 06, 2012
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Added: Sep. 8, 2012