On Saturday March 1st, 2020, we celebrated the life of our Boeing friend and colleague, Lee Franta. He left us too soon, not even making it to the fruits of retirement. It was a lovely afternoon held on the waterfront at Brown’s Point. The place was packed. It brought it home when someone spoke and asked will all the people that worked with Lee at Boeing please raise your hand. The place lit up with 80 to 90 percent of the people there!! The family was overwhelmed, wondering earlier in the week how many people would actually show up.
Lee was a famed Scotch drinker, so his sister brought about two dozen bottles from his cabinet. Not much of a Scotch drinker, but these were some fine Whiskies!!!! (Glad Onustack wasn’t there!) We shared stories, but the most common thread was about how engaging he was to everyone he met. Sharing travel stories and always asking me what concert will I be at this week! He was a gentle giant and a great asset to Boeing. He worked with my testing team and never did I have to give him an assignment. As he always brought in his own work, from all the people that knew and trusted his Instrumentation skills.
We loved and will miss you my friend. Rest in Peace.
James Patrick Wallace
James (Jim), 74, of Kent, WA passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Jim was born July 6, 1943 in Portland, OR to Woodrow and Marguerite. Jim graduated from David Douglas HS and then earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University. He moved to Seattle to join Boeing where he worked for 43 years before retiring as an expert on strain gauges and the title of Technical Fellow.
Jim married Bonnie Linstedt in June of 1967 and spent over 50 wonderful years of love and faith together. Jim was an avid supporter of the OSU Beavers and Seattle sports teams. He enjoyed trout fishing, gardening and the stock market. He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, leadership and support as a husband, father, grandfather, coach and friend.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Robert and John. He is survived by his wife Bonnie; sister Jane Campbell (Merle); brother Jeff; daughter Cynthia Duncan (Matthew); sons Brian (Kathy), Michael, and Matthew (Julie); and his eight grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s name to the St. Columba’s Memorial Garden Project: https://www.stcolumbakent.org/page/22/memorial-garden-project
Please sign Jim’s online Guestbook at www.Legacy.com.
A memorial service was held Friday, June 22nd at noon at
St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Kent, WA 98032
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