William Alvin Banks
March 20, 1948 – January 16, 2013
William Alvin Banks aka Bill, was born March 20, 1948 in Seattle Washington at Doctors Hospital. He was raised in Seattle on Beacon Hill until his family moved to Redmond in 1964, where he remained. He was the first graduating class of Redmond High School in 1966. He then attended Seattle Community College where he graduated from in 1968 with a Mechanics certification.
Bill met his wife Carole Brokaw in 1966. They started dating in July of 1969 and married June 24, 1972. In 1971, Bill started working in his uncle's & father's business, J. & A. Auto Wrecking, located in Kirkland. Eventually they opened a 2nd location in Redmond, with a name change of Eastside Auto & Truck Parts, Dba Eastside Truck Parks, where he remained.
Bills passion throughout his life time was cars. You could ask him the name, make, model of any American made car and he could tell you exactly what kind it was. He was a mo-par man from the time he could drive and refused to buy or drive anything that was not American made. At a tender young age, he was building go-carts with cousins and racing down Seattle hills. He finally advanced by the age of 19 and was doing the quarter mile at Seattle International Race Ways. Many Friday nights were spent at SIR and by the time he had a family he was racing Friday, or Saturdays, then moving on to Bremerton race ways on Sunday with his car "The Junk Yard Dog". He continued racing until mid to late 40's. When Bill Wasn't working or racing or at sports with his boys, time was spent camping or boating or both with his family.
Family was most important to him, so when he & Carole built their home in 1988, one of the criteria's was to make it a family home for all and it was. Their home was a gathering place for all celebrations, large & small and in between. A home in which family gatherings could be for all and a peaceful and restful place for family, friends and all who entered.
Bill lived by his ethics, moral and honesty and he passed these traits onto his children. He believed if you lived by these characteristic, you will always be able to hold your head high, walk proud and never have anything to be ashamed of. Bill worked hard, played hard and most of all, he loved hard. He walked proud throughout his life and gave generously of himself. He believed what goes around comes around and there for made sure he never treated his fellow man unjustly. He showed strength and great courage in times of adversity, never gave up or in and had an uncompromising compassion for those in times of need.
Bill will forever be missed by those who so loved him.
Bill is survived by his wife, Carole Banks; his sons, Shane Banks, William Banks; step-daughter Susan Corp; daughter in laws, Amanda Banks, Patricia Banks; son-in-law, Shawn Corp; grandchildren, Logan, Peyton, Madelyn and Henry and his sisters, Linda Buckles and Roberta Croteau.
William Alvin Banks March 20, 1948 - January 16, 2013 Memorial Service - "Celebration of Life" Saturday February 9th 2013 @ 12:00pm Happy Valley Grange #322 19720 NE 50th St. Redmond, WA 98053
In Lieu of Flowers: Donations to: www.epilepsyfoundation.org www.braintraumafoundation.org
William Alvin Banks
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December 28, 2013
Shane, William & Suzi
This will be the last entry for dad, and it has taken me a year to write. If we had only known what 2013 was going to bring for this family. Dad was only the beginning of the losses this family was going to endure. Our hearts were shattered in January and just as we began to heal, our hearts were broken again and again. Each of us have had our path to walk, all at different times, for different reasons and yet all the same. I still wake every morning missing dad as if it were yesterday, yet here we are at almost a year. We have been so blessed with family, loving friends and each other that have helped us every day. Your dad was my soul mate and everyday I bless God that he entered my life and gave me all that he did. I am so very proud of all of you and how you have fought to understand and continue to love him. This family has become stronger and more resilient through dad and he knows that we are going to become even stronger through our love for him and each other. I don't discount for a minute either that God and his son Jesus has helped us to walk through this journey. We have been blessed with the birth of Phoebe, and another little one on the way. The family has endured many holes and yet those holes are being filled with the life of new Banks. We keep growing and for this I am most grateful. As the years continue, we will face many more challenges, as this is life. I know that we can hold strong and will be able to face what ever those challenges are, as we faced the biggest one this last year with such grace, honor, dignity, and love for your father and each other. I am so sorry for your loss and will love each and everyone of you forever. Thank you for loving him so much as well as me and each other.
April 19, 2013
I will never forget you uncle Bill.
February 26, 2013
you will be deeply missed,
February 9, 2013
So sorry for your loss....what has it been 30+ years, when BJ and Tommy were playing soccer? My best to you!!
Tom and Vanessa Dunkin
February 9, 2013
Carol, Shane and BJ the hearts and prayers from Colorado are with you today, Family for Ever. Jim, Kyle, Mitch, Hope, Aaron.
February 8, 2013
Carole, Shane, BJ, and the rest of the family-
I don't really know what to say other than I am sorry for your loss. Bill was a good man and I have a lot of childhood memories with all of you in them. I remember when he let me ride in the "Junkyard Dog" at SIR. We lost the race, and he told me it was my fault for weighing so much. I was about 10 years old and probably weighed 70 lbs. I was like really? I remember good times at sunlands with that big ole boat that you couldn't water ski behind because the wake was so big. There are a lot of good times with your family in them. I will see you all on Saturday. Again, Becky and I are sorry for your loss and we are here to talk anytime day or night. We love you all.
Jon, Becky, Katie & Shaun.
February 8, 2013
I feel privileged and honored to have been able to call Bill my father-in-law. He had the biggest heart and would always make me laugh. We will miss him terribly, but his memory will never fade. Stories of race cars and "Papa Bill" will always live in our hearts.
February 6, 2013
My dad was my friend and mentor. A fantastic loving Grandfather to my children, they loved "Papa". I will deeply miss him, but forever grateful for the time I had with him, the lessons he taught me and the joy he brought to my whole family.
February 4, 2013
Warm, welcoming with a keen sense of humor and light-heartedness is how I will remember Bill. I'll always remember Carole and Bill opening their home to me while I went through repairs in my home for several weeks. Bill was up every morning before I went to work and always with a good morning smile or chuckle for the day and coffee to greet my day. His love and priority of family was always clear. I will miss Bill. My condolences and love to you Carole and your family.
February 3, 2013
Bill was a very courageous man. Always moving forward, even when the odds were stacked against him. He will be truely missed by all. With sincerest sympathy, Connie Bailes
February 1, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.
With sincerest sympathy,
January 27, 2013
I have known Bill and Carole for over 30 years. They were witnesses at Jo Ann's and my wedding. We worked together and played together. He was my friend and mentor. He will be truly missed.