This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Hank Byington who was born in Seattle, Washington on August 25, 1958 and passed away on February 27, 2012 at home in Bellevue, Washington at the age of 53. We will remember him forever.
Richard Henry (Hank) Byington III is survived by his son, Daniel, his mother Janice Peterson of Poulsbo, WA, and his sister Heidi Studley (Steve) of Snohomish, WA. He now joins in Heaven his wife, Jill, and dad Richard (Dick) Byington II, who both passed away in 2010.
Born in Seattle, Hank grew up in Tacoma, where he attended Stadium High School. He received his BA in communications from the University of Washington. He was employed by Boeing, Microsoft, Wall Data and other free lance activites. His hobbies included playing percussion, guitar, and vocals in various bands. Hank was a loving family man.
In the 1980′s Hank met the love of his life, Jill Thorson. Here’s how. (These are Jill’s words from an article printed in Guidepost’s magazine in February 1993.)
"ROOM FOR ONE MORE
"Games and heartbreak. That’s what dating seemed like to me and I wasn’t playing along anymore. I give up Lord, I prayed one night. If you want me to marry someone you’re going to have to drop him in my lap.
"Six months later on a church trip to give a presentation, I squeezed into a small car with several other members of the congregation. “The band’s bus broke”, the pastor informed us at the last minute. “We’re going to have to fit more people in the cars.”
"Not in this one, I thought. We were already packed in like sardines. There was a knock on my window. It was Hank the drummer smiling uncertainly into the back seat. I rolled down the window. “There’s no room in here ”, I said, “unless you want to sit on my lap.”
"Hank grinned. “Let’s switch”, he suggested. “You sit on my lap instead.”
"And Hank and I got married one year after that trip."
A memorial is planned for March 24, 2012. Please contribute to this memorial site by adding your tributes and condolences, and lighting a candle. Your words will stay on this site forever. Please continue to include Daniel in your prayers as he goes through this very difficult time.