Nic Hallet

Nic Hallet, 65, passed away on May 24, 2008.

Born in Seattle in 1942, he graduated from Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington.

While in high school, he attained the level of Eagle Scout with Troop 167, a Boy Scout Troop his father started, and this gave Nic the basis for a very full life.

Nic earned the Silver Marmot and Silver Beaver awards in Scouting and greatly loved Camp Parsons, in Brinnon on the Hood Canal – the oldest continuously operating Boy Scout Camp west of the Mississippi River.

In his youth he enjoyed building, designing and flying model airplanes and collecting model trains. He was active with his telescope, and enjoyed riding and training horses. His love of animals led to some lifelong companions. His faithful golden retriever Lydia was at his side when he passed away.

Nic was constantly adding to his list of interests and quests. His early curiosities in chemistry led him to a graduate degree in pharmacy from the University of Washington where he was also the manager of the rowing crew. He was an active pharmacist in Seattle and on Whidbey Island ending with fond years at Island Drug in Oak Harbor and Clinton, where he served locals who needed urgent access to medicines after hours.

Nic moved to Whidbey Island in the early 1970s where he became active with the Central Whidbey Fire Department, Boy Scouting, Coupeville Lions Club, the Northwest Rifle & Pistol Association in competitive shooting, the Whatcom County Astronomy club, a local John Deere Tractor club, and other organizations.

Nic’s travels took him many places. They included competitive shooting throughout the country, two trips to Moab Utah for jeep off road rock crawling vacations, where his scouting and cooking talents were used by the group. Nic was on two Baja Mexico adventures traveling 2,000 miles round trip off road crisscrossing the Baja on routs used by famous racers.

Nic was just about to embark on designing and building his dream cabin at the time of his death.

Nic was a true friend to all who had the opportunity to meet him. He helped many young men in the Coupeville area attain the rank of Eagle Scout who will miss his leadership in their lives. He exemplified the eighth point of the Scout Law: A Scout is cheerful.

Nic never retired from life.

Nic’s memorial service will be held at the Coupeville Middle School Performing Arts Center at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14.

Memorial donations in Nic’s name will be gladly accepted by the Island District of the Boy Scouts of America or the Central Whidbey Fire Department.