Robert Perry Triplett
September 9, 1938 – November 4, 2018
Perry Triplett passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 4, 2018 at his home in Mesa, AZ. Perry was born on September 9, 1938 to Bob and June Triplett in Asotin, WA. He grew up in Asotin and graduated as the valedictorian from Asotin High School in 1956. He then attended Washington State College where he met and married Diane Solberg in 1959. Perry began his career as a purchasing agent for the Moses Lake School District. He then returned to Pullman and worked for his alma matter where he and Diane raised their three children. He retired from WSU as the Purchasing Manager in 1990. He and Diane then spent a decade of semi-retirement in Tacoma where he he put his love of golf to work part time as the executive secretary of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association.
In 2000 He and Diane decided to enjoy full retirement and they moved to Mesa, AZ to soak up the sun and watch the grandkids grow up. His passing was preceded by Diane in 2013 but he is survived by his sister Nancy, and his brothers Orrin and Terry. He is also survived by his three children and their families. His son Kirk and his wife Cathi and their children Conor, Sam, Alexis, and Kobe. His son Bryan and his wife Whitney and their children Taylor, Brandon, and Tommy. His daughter Shelly and her children Lukas, and Chessa.
Perry had a lifelong love of sport and competition. As a young man he was a standout basketball and baseball player and eventually introduced his family to the game of golf. The game became a centerpiece of the Triplett family and provided a shared experience of success and defeat as only sport can. Perry continued to play regularly until just before his passing. His children will never be able to set foot on the course without remembering the example he set for them not just on the course but in life. He will be remembered as a loving husband, a devoted father, and a man dedicated to kindness and good works for all. His loss will be mourned by those who remain, but others are rejoicing at the prospect of being reunited with him once again. The family asks in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Washington Junior Golf Association, WJGA, 6314 19th Street W, Suite 14, Fircrest, WA 98466. Private services will be held at a later date. www.mariposagardens.com
Robert Perry Triplett
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December 8, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. When Perry lived on Baywood Ave. we because very good neighbors. We enjoyed our small talk and he always had smiles on his face. When my wife was sick with 'cancer' and she would walk by his house to get the mail he always gave her encouraging works. After his last appointment with the doctor both my wife and I got on the phone with him and said a prayer with him. Our heart is broken and he was truly a great man. May the family and friends please find strength and peace in our heavenly Father. Your father, grandpa, sibling, friend, etc is in Heaven looking down on us and he is with his wife. God Bless you all.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you all.
Love Paul and Andrea Sills
Stan and Sherry Bye
December 1, 2018
We certainly have many fond memories of Perry during our 35 years in Pullman and a couple visits in Arizona. It was always a pleasure working with Perry during his years at the Purchasing Department at Washington State University. He was especially proud of his family, Washington State University, and his community. Our family sends our sympathy and thoughts. Stan and Sherry Bye, Lori Bye, and Debbie Bye Johnson.
November 8, 2018
So sorry to hear about this. Bryan, my family's prayers are with your whole family.
Cynthia Clift Suriano
November 7, 2018
I have always had happy memories of the whole Tripplet family. Even though Perry was older than myself I remember cheering him at the basketball games. He was such a good player.