Theodore James Flynn

May 14, 1933April 20, 2014

YAKIMA - On April 20, 2014 Theodore James “Ted” Flynn peacefully passed away at Yakima Regional Medical Center at the age of 80, knowing he was loved and cared for by his family. Ted was born to Dallas and Sonora Jane (Jane) Flynn on May 14, 1933. He attended school in Yakima and joined the Marine Corps after that in 1950. He was a proud veteran of the Korean War and survived being a prisoner of war during his service there. He returned to civilian life and wed Joyce Ross, with whom he had two children. Ted led a rich and varied life, never content to settle down to just one thing. He was a cook, he worked at Weisfields Jewelers, and for Talcott music. He loved music, and was a musician himself. In his free time he enjoyed playing and recording music at home, and his children remember how exciting it was to use their dad’s recording equipment when they visited him. While his family best remembers his musicianship many in the valley remember Ted best as “Cadillac Ted,” proud owner of the only Cadillac Cab Company in the state of Washington - The Cadillac Ted Cab Co. While it was only for a brief time in his life he is well remembered by many for his jovial personality and excellent customer care, and many an arrival to the Yakima Airport remember the distinctive cab and driver. Ted was accomplished at billiards, and always enjoyed socializing and the company of others. He was also very interested in sports, and avidly followed sporting events and stats. He is survived by his brother George (Geri) Flynn, his sister Sheila (Bob) Meyer, his daughter Michelle Flynn, his son Kelly (Stephanie) Flynn, his grandchildren Ricky, Troy, Kyra, and Colton Flynn, and his great-grandson Ezekiel Johnson. The family wishes to thank everyone at Good Samaritan and Yakima Regional Hospital who took such good care of Ted. A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., at Tahoma Cemetery. To celebrate Ted’s life, and share a memory, visit


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Sigma Chi

April 30, 2014

From All the Brothers at Sigma Chi Fraternity. Ted was quite a multi-talented fellow and always offered a colorful opinion of the world. He is probably best known in the fraternity for giving us some much needed culinary relief from our previous cook who's primary focus was Shepherd's pie, toasted cheese sandwiches and ‘coupon' rice. Ted always took great pleasure in hustling the brothers in a friendly game of billiards. His charcoal lighter-fluid burgers were legendary in the Greek system, the effects of which could be felt for days. Ted was undoubtedly one of the most spirited additions to live in our chapter. He will not be forgotten.

All Honor To His Name.

~ Sigma Chi Brethren

April 29, 2014

RIP Ted.

Brad Fulton

April 28, 2014

To the Family of Ted Flynn:
Ted was the cook at the Sigma Chi Fraternity for a number of years during my years at WSU (1982-1985), and in fact, one year I served as the kitchen steward with him, which meant I cooked on the weekends when he was off-shift. Ted was a lot of fun, loved to hang out at our college parties, and really liked "cooking for the guys". Years after college (and after I became a lawyer(, I flew into Yakima for a deposition, and happened to be picked up by "Cadillac Ted" in his fancy cab. It was pure chance, and really great to see him after all those years. Great guy...who fully lived. "Terrible Ted" as we called him will be missed by all in his WSU Sigma Chi family.

Brad Fulton, Seattle, WA