John Laffaw Obituary (1924 – 2021) – Tacoma, WA
John “Jack” Laffaw
December 9, 1924 – October 16, 2021
Tacoma, Washington – John “Jack” Homer Laffaw was born December 9, 1924 in Tacoma WA and passed away on October 16, 2021 at the age of 96 surrounded by his loving and grateful family. He was married to Betty Anne Breuer Laffaw for 74 years and met her in kindergarten at Eatonville Elementary School.
Jack attended the University of Washington, Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1943, was discharged at the end of the war as an ensign, and graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1946. He worked for 38 years at Pacific Car and Foundry, Renton, where he became chief engineer. . He and Betty built their home in Renton, hammering every nail together. They had 3 children: Joan, Brad and Brian.
The family shared many outdoor activities including hiking, water and snow skiing, and time at the family beach house in Gig Harbor. Jack built a ski boat and taught water skiing to several. Betty and Jack also became boaters and are members of the Meydenbauer Yacht Club where they were actively involved in the MBYC Youth Sailing Program.
Betty and Jack volunteered in whatever activities their children or grandchildren participated in. They volunteered to start Renton Ski School in 1971 and, in its heyday, coordinated 15 buses taking kids eager to ski to Crystal Mountain. Jack also volunteered with the Boy Scouts taking many children camping overnight.
Their love of music led them to the family business of Betty, Pizza and Pipes Restaurant which they co-owned in Bellevue for 15 years.
Betty and Jack moved to Gig Harbor in The Lodge seniors community in 2014, where they currently reside. They are active members of the Lutheran Church on the peninsula.
Jack is survived by his wife, Betty; children Joan (Jaime) Storkman and Brian Laffaw; grandchildren Ryan (Michaela Koerner) Storkman and Katie (Jay) Marconi; great-grandchildren Jackson Marconi and Elizabeth Storkman. Jack was predeceased by his son, Brad.
Due to COVID, immediate family will be reuniting for in-person service. The family invites everyone else to join them online for the service on Saturday, November 6, 1:30 p.m. at: YouTube Peninsula Lutheran Church 11/6/21
Souvenirs can be made at Meydenbauer Yacht Club Youth Sail, Gig Harbor Yacht Club Junior Sail or at a souvenir of your choice.
Posted by News Tribune (Tacoma) on October 31, 2021.