Sean Fielding Quinn

January 23, 1956February 12, 2013

Sean was born on January 23, 1956 in Tangier, Morocco, to Alan Jordan and Gay Fielding (Hawkins) Quinn. After a long illness, he passed away on February 12, 2013 at his residence of 22 years in Kenmore, peacefully in his sleep . As a military son, Sean moved numerous times during his early years, including a five-year stint in Germany. He graduated from Southern Lehigh High School in Pennsylvania. After high school, he joined the United States Coast Guard, serving four years and earning the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. An expert marksman, he served isolated duty in the Pribilof Islands in Alaska, finishing in Base Seattle. After his military service, Sean stayed in Seattle and started a General Contracting Company and later a Home Inspection Company for a combined 23 years, retiring in 2004. During this time he also attended Seattle University and Shoreline Community College, obtaining an Associate of Arts Degree. As quoted by Mark Twain “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”, may sum up Sean’s strong political views which he was never bashful about sharing. He was not only passionate about politics; he was insightful and knowledgeable on many subjects, reading up to ensure he was “right”. If his viewpoint didn’t mesh with another’s, he would enjoy spirited discussion, but would always stay true to his convictions. In his early years, Sean enjoyed hiking, camping with family and friends and playing golf. In later years his personal quest to regain his health was an inspiration to many. Though the "miracle" never happened for Sean, he never wavered in his pursuit. Being one with God was his ultimate goal.

Sean leaves behind the love of his life, and wife of 30 years, Diane K. (Williams) Quinn; father, Alan (Mary) Quinn; mother, Gay Mosbach; son, Ian Quinn; two daughters, Emily and Shannon Quinn; two sisters, Pam (John) Maloney, Stephanie (Barry) Ebert; brother, Chris (Colleen) Quinn; many nieces and nephews; loving extended family and friends across the country.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 5PM on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at Lake Forest Park Civic Club, 17301 Beach Drive NE, Lake Forest Park, Washington 98155, (206) 362-8818.

Please sign the online guestbook and share your memories. Please be forewarned, Sean ALWAYS has the last word.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Thank you, Sean, for enriching every life you touched. Your legacy will continue on with the dignified ethics and great sense of humor that you displayed on a daily basis. You will be forever in our hearts and cherished memories.


  • Celebration of Life Memorial Thursday, February 21, 2013

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February 15, 2018

Five years later and I reflect often on something Sean said to me that I have repeated numerous times:
The only two true human emotions are love and fear. All the emotions we think of as negative--racism, religious intolerance, hate, bigotry, zenophobia, etc.--are just different forms of fear. to the extent we can understand and address the underlying fears, we can do much to dispell them.
Amen, Sean.

Cathy (Clevenger) Tradal

March 13, 2013

Dear Diane,
Oh how sad I was to hear of Sean's passing. I knew it was inevidable (as it is with all of us) but I was deeply impacted. Although we haven't spent time together over the recent past, my memories of you and Sean go way back... 30+ years. I remember, and cherish, memories of Bank's Lake, home improvement projects with Sean's lead, and so many fun play dates with Laura and Ian... another lifetime ago!
Sean was so very special to me , as he "heard" my heart's longing to know God and figure out some of life's hardest questions. I could say whatever I wanted around Sean and he never judged me. Being known, and still cared for, is one of our greatest needs in life, and Sean did that SO well (you did too). I just want you to know how very glad I am that you both came into my life and walked with me for a while on my life's journey.
God bless you Diane, as you walk through this first year without Sean by your side. I know you will be comforted by your loving family and friends, and by Sean's special spirit, but please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers for your peace and God's provision. With much love, Cathy

Randy and Linda Shatto

March 11, 2013

Diane, Ian , Emily and Shannon
Our hearts ache for your loss and we can't fathom the sorrow that you must all feel. Sean loved you all so much! I know because we shared a lot with each other when you kids were younger. He was a proud father and considered himself fortunate to have a wife as caring as you, Diane.
I found Sean to be a great listener. We shared many lunches together in years past and I will always be thankful for his caring ear. He was my son's greatest cheerleader and through his own disability understood Derek's challenges more than most. I'll always remember his cheers from the stands with his cracked, high-pitched voice, "Come on, Derek, hit it over the fence!" You knew that he wanted to be out on the field coaching his own son but instead he would volunteer to be the "team mom" and help organize all the other activities. He wasn't the cutest mom out there but he sure was the best!
Sean wore his convictions much more honestly than the rest of us. Whether it was politics, family matters, or faith I always knew where he stood. I always admired him for that. He also had a way of conveying his opininion in a fashion that was rarely offensive, though at times it could be heated or impassioned. It was delivered with respect and love. I'm going to miss that guy...
Ian, Emily and Shannon you cared for your dad so lovingly and Diane...what a saint! You were there for Sean in "good times and bad". We all have something to learn from you about how to love. The legacy of love from your family will live on forever.
Lovingly...Randy and Linda

Debi & Tate London

March 3, 2013

Dear Diane and family,

Throughout the years our families have been intertwined starting when our oldest children Ian and Alyssa started attending preschool together. Sean always greeted us with a big hug and his wonderful enthusiastic smile! We shared our children's school journey together and always looked forward to events knowing we'd be warmly greeted by Sean. We saw Sean last at Emily and Lacey's high school graduation and we all gave each other endearing hugs. We remember Sean introducing us to carrot juice and we learned to do our own juicing. He convinced us it was healthy for us! ;-) We feel fortunate to have been friends throughout the years with Sean and your family. With love and friendship, Debi, Tate, Alyssa, Lacey, Kellen & Ellee

Dominic Draye

March 1, 2013

Dear Quinns,
Your family is the ultimate testimony to what a great life Sean lived. His fingerprints are all over your love for each other, your neighbors, and our country. Indeed, he has left his mark on so many of us. For me, he started as my first employer and grew into a friend and mentor. I can proudly report that Sean's contributions to my character live on in a detail-oriented work ethic (just ask my colleagues) and a commitment to our country as it was founded, regardless of how popular that ideal may be (here, you can ask about anyone I know!). Naturally, and selfishly, I wish that we had more years with Sean. But as I write this memorial, I realize that he's here as long as we are. And we can all be thankful for that.

Tina & Kevin Gahagan

February 28, 2013

Dear Diane, Ian, Emily & Shannon, We are so sorry for your loss. Sean had such a positive outlook and great sense of humor. The service was beautiful and it was great to see so many friends and family gathered to celebrate his life. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Marie Masenga

February 25, 2013

Dear Quinn family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Sean was always such a pleasant interruption as we took the dog for a walk, and always so incredibly supportive of Emmett of his service. He will be greatly missed. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this hard time.

Nancy Price

February 24, 2013

Dear Diane, Ian, Emily and Shannon,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Sean was an incredible person and I feel so fortunate that I met him when we were all in our early 20's. We used to play co-ed softball together. Sean was the star of our team. When he wasn't taunting the opposite team he was hitting home run after home run. What an athlete. We also used to water ski together at Banks Lake, again Sean was an expert skier. Most of all what I remember about Sean was his kindness and his straight talk. There wasn't any pretense. When I first met Sean he and Diane were just beginning to date. I have watched their incredible love story develop over all these years. It was been a privilege to have know Sean all these years. I will miss him.

February 24, 2013

Dear Diane and family,

We just heard the sad news that Sean passed away. We are so sorry. Sean was a very special person--so upbeat and positive and fun to be around. He will be missed. Karla and Carl Clogston

Lee Scott

February 22, 2013

We are thinking of you and have you all in our prayers. Sean was special and I was glad to have met him at the Wing Dings.