John T Trimble III


January 11, 1930 – November 30, 2021


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John Trimble

John was 91 years old when he passed and was the beloved father of Shelly Fuller (Randy), Jim Trimble (Arlene) and Tom Trimble (Ruie). John attended Holmes Elementary School, Havermale Junior High School, and North Central High School in Spokane, graduating in 1948. John went on to attend college at Gonzaga University. John joined the Army during the Korean War for 4 years and served as a Staff Sargent.

John’s work ethic was extraordinary. He started at an early age, delivering photos on his bicycle for his mother and grandfather’s business. From there he delivered newspapers. As a teen he went on to work for Safeway until he was drafted into the Army. Post Army, John worked for Beneficial Finance, opening their first office when he moved to Honolulu HI in the 1950’s. He decided that his bachelor days were behind him, so he came back home and married his childhood friend and sweetheart, our mother Shirley Day, and they both moved to Honolulu HI. After a short while, both missed Spokane and decided to move back home in 1959. John left Beneficial Finance, for an executive national sales position with Rena Ware. Tiring from the travel, John decided to take a management position with Utter Cadillac. During this time, John was also President of Spokane Credit Union. After a few years, John was offered a position with a local Finance company, giving him the opportunity to work with his best friend. John was promoted several times, ultimately retiring as an Executive and Board Member for that institution.

John was a devoted husband to Shirley, our mother. They celebrated their 51st anniversary before Shirley passed away. Our dad loved his family and was very proud of his grand-kids. Dad was a devoted husband to Shirley. For the final 7 years of her life, he visited her 3 times a day at Manor Care Nursing home, where she resided until her death in 2010. In 2016, his health declined, and he moved to The Chateau in Bothell, to be closer to his kids and grand-kids. In 2020, he moved to the Norway Family Adult Home in Bothell, where he received excellent care for the remainder of his life.

For all who were lucky enough to know John, his sense of humor remained throughout his final days. He was a man of great integrity, and his loyalty to family and friends will always be cherished. John taught friends and family important lessons on how to live life with dignity and grace. He will be dearly missed.

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