George Somnis
George Somnis
George Somnis
George Somnis
George Somnis
George Somnis

Obituary of George Vincent Somnis

George Vincent Somnis passed away peacefully on March 28, 2024, at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington, surrounded by his wife and three children. After a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, he is now at peace.


He was born on July 11, 1937, to George and Margaret Somnis in Lacey, Washington. He grew up with his cherished older sister, Patsy, by his side. It was a carefree childhood filled with love and laughter. He was a wonderful son and took the best care of his dad and mom as they aged right to the end. 


George will be remembered by many as an All-American football star at Olympia High School (graduated in 1956); as a multiple year two-way starter at Washington State University (graduated in 1960); as a teacher and coach (football and wrestling) in Mabton, Washington, and then doing the same at Timberline High School in Lacey, Washington, for the next 40+ years.  He was a mentor to countless students and athletes over the years and always led by example.


George enjoyed his life very much and was a true blessing to those who knew him well. He loved to hunt, fish, and watch his sons compete in sports throughout the years. Most of all, he loved his family deeply. He was always present, engaged, and consistent with his wife and children. He was the essence of fatherhood.


George’s memory will continue to live on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him.


He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Jane Somnis; three sons, Michael, Mark and Matthew; five grandchildren, Nicole, Annaliese, Clay, Cooper, and Cal; older sister, Patsy Sundene; as well as many other extended family members whom he loved so much.


The family extends their deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love, support, and condolences they have received during this difficult time. Your kindness and presence have been a source of comfort to them all.


A funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 12:00 p.m. at Saint Michael Parish in Olympia, where friends and family will gather to honor George’s remarkable life and legacy.


Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association by clicking HERE.


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