Lowell P. “Pat” Hannah, a longtime resident of Langley and Freeland, Wash., died peacefully from natural causes Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Coupeville, Wash. He was 95.
He is preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years, Joanne Clark Hannah, and is survived by many cousins and close friends.
A Texas native whose parents both died by the time he was age 7, Pat lived for the next five years with relatives in San Antonio and Fort Worth, Texas, before he was sent to a Fort Worth orphanage, where he exceled academically and at football.
At 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and, as a seaman, survived the sinking of the USS Yorktown at the Battle of Midway. After seven years of duty, he left the Navy in Bremerton and declared the Pacific Northwest as his new home. He enrolled at Everett Junior College, where, as center, he was named Junior College All-American twice and was a member of the 1947 National Championship team. Later, called back into the Navy during the Korean War, he became the skipper of a 10-man ocean tug at Tongue Point Naval Station.
After discharge, he began his civilian career managing a small chain of army surplus stores in Everett, Wash., and spending weekends with the owner and his family at Brighten Beach on Whidbey Island. There, he met his wife, Joanne, a member of a longtime beach family. They married in 1956 and, soon after, he joined The Boeing Co., where he retired after more than 30 years as manager of facilities and scheduling.
They then moved to Whidbey Island full time, where he became an active member of Langley United Methodist Church, delivering Meals on Wheels and becoming an avid vegetable gardener.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Langley Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his honor may be made to Langley Methodist Church or charity of your choice.