Robert H. Tate
Published in The Seattle
Times from 6/21 to 6/22/2009
Robert H. Tate, of
Bellevue, Washington, died June 8th of congestive heart failure. He was
83. Bob will be remembered for his genuine interest in people.
He took pleasure in bringing people together to share ideas and foster
relationships. He was active in his community, his family and with Seattle
sports teams. His sunny disposition and sense of humor were hallmark qualities.
He was born February 19, 1926, to Genevieve Howell and Roy Tate. Raised
in Portland, Oregon, with his three sisters, Bob graduated from Franklin
High School where he played baseball, basketball and football. He attended
the University of Washington in the Navy V12 Program.
He played baseball making the All-Northern Division Team while Captain
and Inspirational Award Winner. Bob played Semi-pro Baseball for four
years before beginning his distinguished career in education and the Navy.
He married at twenty-four, lived on Mercer Island and raised three daughters.
He taught and coached at Garfield HS in Seattle 1949-1960, was Vice-Principal
of Queen Anne HS 1960-65, Principal of Cleveland HS 1965-68 and Principal
of Mercer Island HS 1968-71.
Before retiring in 1980, he worked in the Administrative Offices of Mercer
Island School District.
Captain Bob Tate retired as Commanding Officer, Naval Air Reserve Staff
T1 with 35 years of active and reserve duty.
Naval accomplishments include: Naval Aviation Rendezvous Award for Outstanding
Contribution to Naval Aviation; President, Seattle Council of Navy League;
and selection to Secretary of Navy National Naval Reserve Policy Board.
Bob is survived by his wife of 23 years, Marty Tate of Bellevue, WA; their
six children: Susan Bentley, Chicago, Ill.; Terry and Tad Patterson, Spokane,
WA; Pam and Scott Saunders, Atlanta, Georgia; Pete and Connie Holton,
Bellevue, WA; Steve and Reisha Holton, Sammamish, WA; Dan Holton, Los
Angeles, CA.; and 10 grandchildren.
He is survived by two sisters: Betty Hart and Margaret Anderson, Portland,
OR; one niece, five nephews and their families. He is preceded in death
by his parents, his sister and brother-in-law, Josephine and Clair Brown;
and one nephew.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, June 28th, at 3:00 p.m., at
the Don James Center, University of Washington Husky Stadium, 3800 Montlake
Blvd. NE, Seattle, WA 98195.