Hank Byington
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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.)


"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.

Tributes and Condolences
I'm shocked...   / Rich R. (never met )
I never met Hank, other than through his profile on the book "Business Model You" (page 145), and published in 2012. In the book, Hank talked about his desire to learn Portuguese, spread the teachings of Krishnamurti, work with that philosophers' ...  Continue >>
Mi casa es su casa...   / Mary Renick (Baxter) (Friend)
Dearest Daniel,

It was February of 2011 that I reached out to your dad after the passing of your beloved mom. I knew your dad from the early days of Calvary in Seattle. The years did not diminish the kinsman-ship that so many of us felt ...  Continue >>
He will be missed...   / Kathy Bruni (Friend)
I met Hank when we worked together at Wall Data. We were both technical writers there, and I appreciated his insight, his intelligence, and his strong work ethic. My condolences on your loss, Daniel.
I'm so glad we were friends   / Sona Kumar (Friend)
Condolences to Hank's family. I got to know Hank when we worked at NetManage. Since then we have kept in touch as friends and professional peers. I'm deeply saddened to hear about his demise and pray for his peace and happiness. 
God's speed my friend! Till we meet again   / Tom White (Friend)
First let me convey my sincere condolences to you Daniel, and to your family at the loss of your father and my friend Hank. The one thing I've learned over the years is that no one, no matter the similarity of circumstances, can fully understand or f...  Continue >>
From a Collaborative Soul  / Deborah Drake (Friend)    Read >>
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