William E. Peterson

, 81, died May 28, 2003, in Seattle. He was born April 19, 1922 to William and Dorlesca Peterson in Everett.

He was a descendant of a pioneer Whidbey Island family. His great Uncle Ed Hinman founded Clinton on or around 1880 and named Clinton for their homestead in Michigan. His parents owned and operated a dry goods store and post office, as well as a car dealership at Glendale. His early youth at Glendale instilled a love of the water, fishing and boats. He retired after more than 25 years as Chief Engineer with the Washington State Ferries. He then became a partner at Skookum Marine and spent many years building boats and cruising Puget Sound.

He was a past Master of Langley Lodge #218 on Whidbey, a member of the Scottish Rite, Shriners as well as the Langley chapter #159 Order of the Eastern Star. He was also a member of the Port Townsend Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. #317.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn of Port Townsend, a daughter Donna Kay of Everett, and a sister, Hazel Ryan of Seattle

A memorial service will be held Saturday at Port Townsend Elks Lodge #317 at 1 p.m.