Bernie Chaplin

Obituary of Bernie Chaplin


Bernie Chaplin passed away December 28, 2019 in Lacey, Washington, due to complications of Parkinson’s Disease.  He was born August 27, 1940 to Ted and Ruth Chaplin in Puyallup, Washington. 


In 1958, he graduated from Sumner High School, Sumner, Washington.  He earned a BS in Agriculture in 1962 from Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.  He was a licensed landscape architect.  He served in the Air Force National Guard from 1963 to 1969, and married Sandy Wilson on November 20, 1965 in Wenatchee, Washington. 


Bernie started working for Washington State Department of Transportation in 1964 at District 7 in Bellevue, Washington.  He was promoted to the Olympia area in 1973, and retired at WSDOT Headquarters in Olympia after 30 years of service. He then worked 10 years as a private environmental consultant.


The most important characteristic of Bernie was the love for his family! He was a true caregiver at heart. He was known for his great sense of humor. Bernie loved working in the yard and his half-acre garden. He pledged service to the community through church and Lion's Club.  He coached girls' soccer for 16 seasons. His other interests were sports and attending both high school and college football, basketball, softball and soccer games.


Bernie is survived by his wife, Sandy Chaplin; daughters, Julie Chaplin Richardson and Lynn Chaplin Bockenstedt; grandchildren, Jordan and Trent Richardson, and Gage and Bren Bockenstedt; and brother, Don Chaplin of Selah, Washington.  He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Bob Chaplin; sister, Esther Chaplin Christensen; and niece, Karen Christensen.


A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, January 10, 2020, 2:00 p.m. at Lacey Presbyterian Church, 3045 Carpenter Road, Lacey, WA 98503.  Reception to follow.


Memorial donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation at, or by phone at 800-708-7644; or to the Choir Fund at Lacey Presbyterian Church, 360-491-7722.



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Celebration of Life

2:00 pm
Friday, January 10, 2020
Lacey Presbyterian Church
3045 Carpenter Road SE
Lacey, Washington, United States
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