Fremont Charlemagne Gault Jr.


April 30, 1932 – October 18, 2020


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Fremont (Bud) Gault

Innately competitive, with a heart of gold, Fremont “Bud” C. Gault lived and loved his life to the fullest.  Bud passed away peacefully at home on October 18, 2020 with family by his side after battling Lymphoma for over a year.  He was born in Spokane, Washington on April 30,1932 to F.C. Gault Sr. and Rhue Allen.  Some of Bud’s fondest memories of his youth were of growing up on Vashon Island.  Bud studied at both Washington State and the University of Washington earning degrees in economics and mechanical engineering.  He worked as a logging choke setter for Weyerhaeuser while finishing his education.  Following graduation, Bud was employed as an executive at Boeing Airplane Company for over 30 years before he was promoted to grandpa, “Bapa”, in 1994.

Bud always said he was “born to run” and was an ardent runner most of his life.  He ran Track at both Lincoln H.S. in Tacoma, WA as well as at WSU.  Bud was very proud of his personal best mile time of 4 minutes 17 seconds. In Bud’s own words, “Could I have done better?  Probably, but as a result perhaps I wouldn’t have done something else in my life as well.  My love of sport and particularly running was very satisfying and such a joy.  Remember each moment in life defines who you are.  Track was one of mine.”  He fulfilled a personal running goal by completing the 1990 Goodwill Games full marathon at age 58.

Bud was never one to sit around much and if you were looking for him, the best place to find him was outside.  An avid and talented gardener and outdoorsman, Bud had a natural green thumb and a talent for creating natural beauty through flowers and landscape.  Hiking, golfing and tennis with his lifelong friends Lanny, Dave and Arne were among his favorite experiences.

When he wasn’t working in the yard, he could always be found on the sideline of a sporting event.  An accomplished youth soccer coach of his daughters’ teams later translated into passionate cheering of his six grandchildren at their sporting events.  Putting competitions with the grandkids vs. Bapa were a regular occurrence.  He passed his love of sports and outdoors on to his daughters and grandchildren! He led them on hikes and adventures over the years.  Whole family trips to Herron Island in the Puget Sound and Sunriver, Oregon provided invaluable and cherished memories.

On the rare occasion Bud was indoors, he enjoyed studying genealogy and was a history buff always reading books and watching documentaries.  He loved sharing his knowledge with his extended family instilling a constant inspiration to never stop learning.  His mentorship, strength and passion for living life were greatly admired by his entire family.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother Virginia Calhoun-Gault, three siblings as well as his wife of over 48 years, Rosalee.  He is survived by his three girls and their families: Jeri, Clarke, Connor and Carson Olson of Clovis, California, Judi, Jackson and Madison Stumpf of Snohomish, Washington, Traci, Dave, Colton and Natalie Rose Carroll of Bothell, Washington, as well as his spouse Charlene Gramling-Gault of Kennewick, Washington.

Bud’s final resting place will be at the Haven of Rest Cemetery in Gig Harbor, WA with Rosalee.  Donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or any Gardening Society to honor his memory.


5 Responses to “Fremont Charlemagne Gault Jr.”

  • Kristin Sigel says:

    Jeri, Judi, and Traci, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved dad and the kids’ Bapa. While I hadn’t seen him in several years, I will never forget a special dinner at Palisade with Rosie, Bud and “Uncle Lan” celebrating Judi’s passing the CPA exam. Lots of laughs and stories were told that night. I am sending my love and thoughts to each of you.

  • Tammy Shilley says:

    Jeri, Judi, Traci and Charlene, I’m so sorry to hear of Bud’s passing. I read about it in the Seattle Times today. I’m your 2nd cousin once removed. Bud was my Grandma Sue’s 1st cousin. I spoke to your dad online through He shared some pictures of my grandma with her cousins which I loved. I haven’t gone through all the pictures and letters that were left to me but I would be happy to share them with you. I will let family on my side know of Bud’s passing. Love to you all. – Tammy

  • Bill Bryant says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Bud’s passing
    I worked for him in the 90″s he was a great boss
    When we accomplished the goal he set
    He would take us to Burger King
    Extremely fond memories
    He will be missed
    Prayers of peace for his family
    Bill bryant

  • Neale Weaver says:

    We have lost a great person,husband,father,grandfather,athlete,competitor
    and a so-so joke teller. We were friends for almost 70 years as we roomed
    together in LCA Fraternity at WSU. Fremont and Rosie raised a family of 3
    wonderful girls and their families. I was proud to be his best man at their
    wedding. I feel as I have lost a brother since we played basketball,tennis,
    handball,golf,biked and had great hikes in the Cascades together. When Bud
    applied for their marriage license, we had to double check to see if he spelled his middle name correctly (Charlemagne). We did on the 2nd try.
    Fremont was a wonderful person and friend and will be missed by everyone
    he touched. Farewell!

  • Arne Johannesen says:

    Like Neale I also met Bud almost 70 years ago in the LCA fraternity at WSU. Several years later Bud and I also shared an apartment while attending Summer school at the UW. He has been a great friend all these years and Neale and I and Bud have probably played several hundred rounds of golf together since leaving Pullman. My brother also worked at Boeing and for a few years Bud was his Supervisor at the Everett facility. He claims that all who worked for him felt he was the best and most respected of any supervisor he had ever worked for in his 30 years. My Summers in Seattle will not be the same without him.

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