John Douglas Hallett
December 8, 1945 – March 13, 2020
John's Funeral Service and Celebration of Life at St. Brendan's Catholic Church in Bothell Washington will be scheduled once the current coronavirus quarantine is lifted. Please check back for details.
John Hallett of Bothell, Washington was born at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington to Orval and Jane Hallett on December 8, 1945. He grew up and attended school in the Broadview School District in Seattle graduating from Ingraham High School in 1964. Following high school he enlisted in the US Navy and served as Chaplain's Assistant aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (cva 31) during the Vietnam War. John serviced his country honorably from 1964 to 1966 and received an honorable discharge. After his time in the Navy he went to work for the Boeing Company on the SST program. He was introduced to his wife Colleen by mutual friends and they married on March 21, 1970. Shortly after his marriage he moved on to Mobile Electrical Distributors in Seattle where he was Manager and Vice President of the company for 37 years before retiring in 2007. John was a member of the Puget Sound Yacht Club where he served as Commodore in 1981. John had an amazing talent working with wood which gave him great joy. He was a master Scale Ship Modeler, building models from scratch. He would spend a major portion of the year working on gifts for Christmas for the family and remodeled his home twice. Besides modeling and creative crafts, he loved traveling, gardening, backpacking and volunteering his services where needed, particularly at St. Brendan's Catholic Church. John battled mightily for 16 years against his coronary disease, always bouncing back and bragging about surviving his2 bypass surgeries and 23 stents. John's passion and joy for life was extraordinary. He fought so hard the last few weeks of his life here on earth to remain with us, but God decided it was time for him to come home. John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Colleen residing in the family home in Bothell, his daughter Tanya, of Covington, two grandchildren, Nicholas and Jordan of Snohomish and their father Scott Sandhoff, and John's brother Gordon Hallett of Kalispell, Montana. He Is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. He was an inspiration to all that knew him.
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John Douglas Hallett
April 1, 2020
Please accept my deepest sympathy on John's passing. He was a bright smile and a warm handshake on a Sunday morning at the 8:00 AM Mass at St. Brendan's. I loved how he and Colleen would pray after communion. Colleen would kneel but John would stand and hold on to her hair or shoulder as if protecting her. It was a beautiful example of a Christian marriage. Many mornings when coming to Mass or leaving, there was John, waving with one hand and a rake in the other! He was raking the leaves we didn't get to at the Saturday Garden Parties. He and Colleen are very committed to St. Brendan Parish. I am praying for John's eternal rest and in thanksgiving for his well lived life. May God comfort Colleen and their family and friends during this time.
Bill & Donna Nash
April 1, 2020
John was an amazing man! He always had a big smile and a quick wit whenever I saw him (which was frequently) at St. Brendan. He loved to volunteer hours each month to help spruce up the beds around the church.
One time, as I was climbing into my car in the upper wooded parking lot, I heard a rustling in the bushes nearby. Thinking it was a squirrel or rabbit, I peered closer-- when who should I find but John! He was thinning out the dense undergrowth, giving the bed a beautiful "cared for" appearance. A parking lot, no less!
That was just like John. He didn't work in the forefront so as to gain approval or admiration. Rather, he worked in the background because it gave him great joy to know he'd done something good for others' enjoyment. We could tell other similar stories about John. He was a good friend. We will miss him dearly! May the angels carry you straight to Jesus, John!
Our prayers are also with Colleen and the family, that God will comfort them in this time of loss.
March 31, 2020
John has left a hole in many hearts. For our family, he (and Colleen & Tanya & the kids) are chosen family so this is especially difficult. It's hard to fathom that I have known John for 50 years. SOOOO many memories of boating ~ crabbing, digging pits in the sand and roasting crab, shrimp, oysters, etc. Pleasant Harbor, Alderbrook, Ketron where John and my Dad caught the octopus fishing in the dingy and were going to treat everyone to a delicacy until they let all the kids play with it and then felt too guilty so they let it loose, all the summers up in the Islands, weddings, births, baptisms, 4th of July pool parties with and without rain, macaroni salad and his chocolate chip cookies, Christmas parties at your beautifully decorated home, cruises and Hawaii with my parents, Husky games and tailgating, PSYC ~ floats, Commodore's Balls, cruises, taking my brother and I out in the dingy with him to check crab pots, and his laugh! He always found something to laugh at. His creativity was amazing and his detail on his models was a true labor of love. I'm so happy that he continued to try to live his life, his way until the end and that, through my Dad being with you, we got to feel part of all of it. His love of Colleen and Tanya, family & friends was unmatched. He gave all of us memories that will sustain us until we all meet up again. May he be enjoying new adventures with all those who welcomed him home. Wishing peace of mind and heart to all who loved him knowing he lived a full and rich life.
Shelly & Addy Brown
March 30, 2020
My heart is with you❤️ I will cherish our little talks we had at your parties 🎉. Aloha!
March 27, 2020
There are so many great memories. Friday nights at Chans. Getting caught in a downpour in Lahaina, and holding up the corners of the tarp, draining the water directly on the table next to us. Floating in the pool drinking margaritas. Christmas parties with the fighting and lying during the steal a gift game. Mobile Electric lunches, especially the hotdogs! Your “comfy“ attire for Christmas at our house. The valet parker flying backwards down the driveway at the restaurant in Maui. John’s ongoing search for Thousand Island dressing . So many good times.
You will be missed 💔
Cathy and Mike Primeau