Thomas Michael “Mike” Baldwin passed away peacefully at home on August 16, 2018, just before his 81st birthday. He was born on August 22, 1937 in Roslyn, Washington, to Eva Andlar Baldwin and Frank Arnold Baldwin.
Mike was a 1955 graduate of West Seattle High School and a 1959 graduate of the University of Washington where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. He married his sweetheart, Sharon Ruth Pierson, in July of 1959, and they settled in West Seattle.
Mike started his career as a caseworker, then, after working briefly for the Boeing Company, moved in 1966 with Sharon and their three children to Olympia where he returned to state employment and a 30-year career in social services.
He enjoyed 25 years of retirement spent playing golf; traveling with Sharon (Seaside, OR being a favorite); rooting for the Seahawks, Mariners, and Huskies; listening to music; reading; and attending his grandchildren’s activities. He was a straight arrow, dependable, a family man, and a man of integrity. His dry sense of humor kept his family laughing to the end.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Sophie Rodriguez. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sharon; brother, Frank Baldwin (Suzy); son, Jeff Baldwin (Carolyn); daughters, Kristen Baldwin Boe (Matt) and Jennifer Rodriguez (Kristian); grandchildren, Robbie Hoskins (Kristina), Jackson Boe, Isabel Boe, Peter John Baldwin, Lindsey Baldwin, Joey Baldwin, and Eva Rodriguez; and great-granddaughter, Lily Hoskins.
The family will hold a celebration of life at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at South Sound Manor, 455 North St. SE, Tumwater, WA.