file photo by Kimberly Robinson

Warren Lawless, who spent his life in public service, has passed away

Warren Lawless, whose history in West Seattle included time with the West Seattle Herald, and whose service to the community extended for many decades has passed away.

Stephanie Halcomb, shared his obituary with the Herald.

Edwin Warren Lawless passed away in the early hours of January 13th, 2014. He was 95. Born June 1918 in Bremerton WA.

He was part of the greatest generation. He served in the US Navy and was on a LST (ship) in 1945 as part of the invasion force of Japan when the war ended.

Warren spent his life in public service; he served 50 years as Chairman Western University of Health Sciences, winning numerous awards for his dedication of service to the school

For 50 years he was a member of the West Seattle Kiwanis Club, serving as secretary/treasurer and last year as President.

Preceded in death by his lifelong companion wife Betty May Brant Lawless in 2009.

He is survived by his brother and sister: John Lawless and Mary Margaret Kiesel. His sons Jack (John) wife Jennifer and son Michael. Cousins too numerous to mention here. Grandsons John and Chad Lawless and their wives Sarah and Joan; and the grandchildren Jamy, Hailey, Sydney and Avery.

We must include as family Dad’s Caregiver Lynn Esquibel who cared for him these last years with the utmost care and respect. Lastly his cat Smokey who brought dad joy and curiosity.

During the time of Warren’s service with Western U and Kiwanis he also served as West Seattle Herald print shop manager and later co-owner with Doris Richards of West Seattle Associates where they founded the “Banana Pages” form of advertising and publication.

Some of his honors include: Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters August 1980; West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 110% award; Kiwanian of the Year 1979-1990; Western University Humanism in Medicine Award, Lifetime Achievement Award Chairman of the Board 50 years.

A memorial is being held at the West Seattle Golf club on January 25th from 2-5pm with a program beginning at 3. Fans of dad are requested to bring their memories and share with all.

Donations may be made at the door in his name to Kiwanis.

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