Edward Dale Bettine, just shy of his 87th birthday, passed away at Providence St. Peter Hospital on December 11, 2016, with his daughters by his side. Ed was born and raised in Cle Elum, Washington. He began his college education at Central Washington University in 1949, looking to become an educator. There, he met Peggy Egbert of Bow, Washington, who was also pursuing a teaching degree. She became his wife June 27, 1951.
Ed delayed his education and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in January 1951. He served in Korea and, after his discharge, he completed his BA in Education in 1956. Not all too soon either! He was offered the job of Industrial Arts teacher at the new North Thurston High School. Ed and Peggy arrived in Lacey in 1956 with two young daughters, and made it their home for six years (and another daughter!). Then they made the move to a cabin on Long Lake, which they both quickly transformed into a great family home. Both Ed and Peggy taught for the North Thurston School District for 18 years.
Ed never sat still long—busy with school, the Rifle club, announcing football and basketball games, always a summer job. He was instrumental in developing the boat building class at North Thurston. He loved his job but boating won out and, in 1972, along with wife Peggy, retired from teaching and they opened Bettines’ South Sound Marine on Martin Way and operated a successful Bayliner dealership for 17 years. Early retirement was good for them and allowed them to spend extended time in Hawaii for 20+ years. His new occupation—Pool Monitor!
Ed enjoyed hunting, cruising the Sound and, of course, fishing at Westport for years with whomever could hold a pole. There was always a boat at the dock at home and he taught his family to water ski. He never hesitated to a quick “jerk” around the lake just in time for the bug run. Peggy passed in 2013 and Ed remained at his home on Long Lake of 55 years with great help from family, friends, and two special angels, Kristen and Lisa. Thank you angels.
You Did It Your Way! We love you. Good night, Dad. XOXOXO. Your daughters, Marga, Liz and Patti.
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