OBITUARY

Gregory Scott Lippincott

August 13, 1964May 5, 2018

Gregory Scott Lippincott was born to a large, loving family on August 13, 1964 in Enumclaw, Washington. As the youngest, Greg endured constant torture from his older siblings and countless foster siblings, but got away with nearly everything because he was mother’s little baby boy, “Doo Doo”. His parents Whitney V. Lippincott Jr. and Ruby Mae Lippincott raised a star athlete, bright student and sweet kid who was voted into homecoming court at Enumclaw High School.

When Greg’s siblings remember him, it’s usually a fond memory of running around the house like animals or being stuffed into the back of a Volkswagen van road tripping across the country. There are countless happy memories of their time together just being rowdy kids. Scores of foster kids were welcomed into the Lippincott home throughout Greg’s childhood and they all enjoyed having a baby brother to both tease and protect.

Greg played and competed throughout his life. Sports and competition were a world where Greg could be his naturally outgoing self, but also a space where he could triumph! Think of an athletic activity and Greg was probably out there playing it. He lettered in three sports in high school: football, tennis and swimming. In his adult life he continued to stay healthy and active through volleyball, soccer, golf, skiing, snowmobiling and competitive Wisconsin cherry pit spitting.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Washington State University in 1988, Greg went on to work for the Washington State Department of Transportation. He served 29 years at WSDOT building and supporting safe and reliable transportation for our community. Colleagues of Greg admired his positivity, strong work ethic and empathy, but often wondered how he got so much done while seemingly just chatting it up with colleagues for 40 hours a week. His family has heard since his passing that he excelled in the art of delegation.

Something we can all learn from the passing of our loving family member and friend is that our world is a wonderful place full of possibility, when we remember to open our eyes and hearts to the light. To those who are grieving, Greg might say death comes as a reminder to live more fully.

Greg is survived by siblings Whitney (Karla), Kathleen (Bruce), Chris (Mary) and Beverly. Greg will also be remembered by nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Gregory Scott Lippincott passed away on May 5th, 2018. His family invites friends and colleagues to join them in a gathering to remember good times and share positive stories on Friday, May 18th. Enjoy refreshments and memories from 3-5pm at Lacey Community Center at 6729 Pacific Avenue SE in Olympia, Washington.

Services

  • Celebration Of Life Friday, May 18, 2018
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Carl Leggins

May 30, 2018

I met Greg when he was 18 or 19 as a seasonal employee for the Forest Service probably 1984. He had that smile and was game for anything. We lived in the bunkhouse with about 10 others. He was on the fire crew and I was timber. I had a Yamaha 175. I remember saying get on and we'll go to the bar (only 1/2 mile away). We'd feed the jukebox and listen to Eagles songs. We made a pact that throughout our lives, anytime we heard Desperato, we'd do a shot of tequila. On May 24, 2018, I went to see the Eagles in Spokane. True to my word, I snuck in some tequila for when that song played. I drank most of it because when the song came on, I was talking to security in a bright room. and they were reprimanding me. A couple days later I was thinking it may be time to let this pact go. So I google Greg and find out he died 3 weeks ago. I'll never forget your smile and positive mental attitude. You were a good firefighter and friend. Wish I had stayed in touch. I will keep that pact forever in your memory. Going to the bar after work to play the jukebox and have a shot.

Sharon Harris

May 19, 2018

I remember his laugh and sense of humor. He was my brother Gary's friend but the time i did spend with him it was fun. Miss you Greg.

Ghadeer Baghai

May 18, 2018

I knew Greg from first years that he started with WSDOT and we had a special working friendship and respect for each other. Even though we did not see each other often, since he was in H.Q. Region and I was at NW Region, each time we talked, or see each other, it seems like we see each other everyday.
Greg was a very happy person around people and always had smile on his face; that would make you to have a good day and when you see him, he would gave you Energy with his smile.
We will miss him and his memories will stay with us for a long time.
My thoughts and my prayers are with family and friends.
With Sympathy and Condolences.

Jan Spaar

May 18, 2018

Greg was a brother to me and we had an amazing Friendship of the heart. We would talk for hours and just when you thought it was time to hang up, he would say, "want to hear a story?"

Yes! Greg, I want to hear just one more story!

I will miss our early morning conversations where we confided in what we loved, what was ridiculous and annoyed us, what was hurtful, and what we feared. We offered each other encouragement and we helped each other with our honesty. Sometimes bold and to the point and sometimes gentle letting him think it might be his idea. His insight to view life and situations on another level with another perspective was fresh and inviting, Didn't always agree but enjoyed listening to another point of view. His heart was golden and full of care & thought for others, He loved people, loved to smile, loved to work hard, and loved to have fun.

I shall miss your songs, your stories, and your heart.

Love you too Sweetie. See you later.

Jonathan Abuyan

May 18, 2018

I remember Greg for his friendliness and smiling face every time I saw him at WSDOT meetings whether in Olympia or in Vancouver. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Ron Carpmail

May 17, 2018

I knew Greg both from work and our friendship outside of work. We've had many exploits together. I will always remember him for wanting to make each day fun. Regardless of circumstance, he always did his best to make it fun and encourage everyone around him to be included and engaged. From his gregarious personality and booming voice, to his trademark pastel polo shirts, he found ways to connect with people. I extend my condolences to Greg's family, co-workers and friends who will miss his presence. And it is my hope that we all learn from Greg and live our lives more deliberately. Rest in peace Greg. And as you always said: "...it's all about the story...". May we all have a chance to share stories once again,

MaryEllen Bolden

May 16, 2018

I could always rely on Greg to have a warm hug and kind words. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone, even if he wanted to. Greg was one of the "good guys", and I will miss him dearly. The Class of 1983 will miss having his spirit at our 5 year events, and we will keep his memory with us every time we gather. My prayers for healing to the entire family. xoxoxox

Cathy English

May 16, 2018

To the Lippincott family you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Greg, know that you will not be forgotten. You are and will ever be my forever friend.

Roberta Keel

May 15, 2018

I meet Greg when I first came to work with WSDOT in 1991. He was always full of life, and always had a big smile on his face. Greg would remind me to smile... I loved to hear his stories, and the conversations on various subjects. We were both Cougar fans.... You will surely be missed Greg but, I hope to see you again some day. Love Roberta

Lesli and Grant Rodeheaver

May 15, 2018

Such shocking news about someone we really cared about. A funny memory of Greg was at our wedding. Because he and Ron Carpmail were going to stay longer than others, they decided after a few people left that they would go move Greg's car from a lot farther away to the lot right in front. Between the two of them, they decided that rather than load Ron's wheelchair into the car, Ron would just hold on to the passenger window sill and "ride" next to the car. Greg told the story that he looked once and Ron was there and the next time he looked Ron was gone. Ron then picks up the story and says he remembers hitting a manhole cover, flying in the air while his tie was whipping in circles. Needless to say, they both came back laughing about it as Greg did every time he told a story. Love you Greg, you will be and are already missed so much. I will forever picture you with a smile on your face.

Biography

Gregory Scott Lippincott was born to a large, loving family on August 13, 1964 in Enumclaw, Washington. As the youngest, Greg endured constant torture from his older siblings and countless foster siblings, but got away with nearly everything because he was mother’s little baby boy, “Doo Doo”. His parents Whitney V. Lippincott Jr. and Ruby Mae Lippincott raised a star athlete, bright student and sweet kid who was voted into Homecoming Court at Enumclaw High School.

When Greg’s siblings remember him, it’s usually a fond memory of running around the house like animals or being stuffed into the back of a Volkswagen van road tripping across the country. There are countless happy memories of their time together just being rowdy kids. Scores of foster kids were welcomed into the Lippincott home throughout Greg’s childhood and they all enjoyed having a baby brother to both tease and protect.
Greg played and competed throughout his life. Sports and competition were a world where Greg could be his naturally outgoing self, but also a space where he could triumph! Think of an athletic activity and Greg was probably out there playing it. He lettered in three sports in high school: football, tennis and swimming. In his adult life he continued to stay healthy and active through volleyball, soccer, golf, skiing, snowmobiling and competitive Wisconsin cherry pit spitting.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Washington State University in 1988, Greg went on to work for the Washington State Department of Transportation. He served 29 years at WSDOT building and supporting safe and reliable transportation for our community. Colleagues of Greg admired his positivity, strong work ethic and empathy, but often wondered how he got so much done while seemingly just chatting it up with colleagues for 40 hours a week. His family has heard since his passing that he excelled in the art of delegation.

Something we can all learn from the passing of our loving family member and friend is that our world is a wonderful place full of possibility, when we remember to open our eyes and hearts to the light. To those who are grieving, Greg might say death comes as a reminder to live more fully.

Greg is survived by siblings Whitney (Karla), Kathleen (Bruce), Chris (Mary) and Beverly. Greg will also be remembered by nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Gregory Scott Lippincott passed away on May 5th, 2018. His family invites friends and colleagues to join them in a gathering to remember good times and share positive stories on Friday, May 18th. Join them for refreshments and memories from 3-5pm at Lacey Community Center at 6729 Pacific Avenue SE in Olympia, Washington.