Leon Clay Whiteside, age 80, of Greenbank, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at Careage of Whidbey.
Mr. Whiteside was born in Seattle on July 29, 1938, to Mark Wellington Whiteside and Reah Katherine (Ritzman) Whiteside. He graduated from Roosevelt High School.
On April 23, 1960, Leon married Patricia Louise Matyas. The couple lived primarily in the Greater Seattle area for a number of years. Leon attended the University of Washington and Seattle Central Community College, receiving an AA Degree in building construction technology. He was employed as a building tradesman for 10 years, was a Bellevue building inspector (Supervisor of Inspections) for 10 years and was a framing contractor for five years. He was also a Contract Supervisor of Construction for owners and developers for 25 years, building 3,000-plus multi-family units, office buildings, warehouse metal frame and concrete tilt-up, and residential and commercial remodels. He also constructed six homes. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting.
He especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Leon is survived by his wife Patricia Louise Whiteside; four sons, Earl (Carol), Greg (Janice), Leon (Myla) and Eric (life friend Natalie); 10 grandchildren, Mark, Angela, Ryan, Ashley, Alyssa, Malyiah, Alex, Stacie, Adam and Erik; nine great-grandchildren, Alina, Violet, Kayden, Noble, Reece, Brody, Zoey, Paxton and Jameson; a sister, Kay Dodson; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Justin.
Visitation will take place 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Whidbey Memorial Chapel, 746 N.E. Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. Celebration of Life will take place at a later date and will be posted at http://www.whidbeymemorial.com/, where family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences. Donations are suggested to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109, or http://www.fred hutch.org/