Dwight Reynolds


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Dwight Reynolds

Dwight R. Reynolds was called home to our Lord on July 20, 2018.

He was born on October 4, 1931 in Hill City, Kansas to James and Alice Reynolds. In 1934, the Reynolds family moved to McCleary, Washington.  Dwight often told funny stories about his horse and various antics while growing up in McCleary. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Army. After serving his country for three years, he enrolled at Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.

On May 19, 1956 he married Katherine Vitaljic. They were married for over 60 years.

In 1956, they moved to Portland, Oregon where Dwight started his career in education. After two years, Dwight surprised Katherine for her birthday with a one year teaching assignment in Paris. This rolled into over thirty years with the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in France, Italy, and Spain. Upon returning to Washington, he taught for City University in the Seattle area.

Dwight had three children; Tonya, Patrick, and Michael. He also had three grandchildren; Christina, Yousef, and Patrick. Dwight is loved and will be missed by his family. They will especially remember “Ampa” for his jokes, love for BBQing, the UW Huskies, CNN, and the Seattle Mariners. He also had a passion for woodworking.

Dwight & Katherine

When recently asked what he was most proud of (besides his family) he said, “I spent my career advocating for children, especially the handicapped to ensure that they were given every opportunity possible.” Dwight was a history buff with an affinity for historical figures that fought to overcome social injustice. He felt blessed with the life he had led and understood that no matter what problems he faced there were so many out there facing much worse. When someone would ask Dwight how he was doing, even on his worse days, his usual answer was, “Never been better!”

Funeral services will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Mountlake Terrace, WA on August 10, 2018 at 11am. Dwight’s final resting place will be at Lake View Cemetery overlooking Lake Washington.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the National Stroke Association (www.stroke.org).

One Response to “Dwight Reynolds”

  • Judy Reynolds Semanko says:

    So sorry to lose our wonderful cousin Dwight. I loved him so much! He taught me to crawl when I was a baby! Always sweet, funny, loving man. Prayers and love for his family.

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