Orville Knute Eide

September 8, 1948 ~ November 12, 2020 (age 72)


Orville Knute Eide passed away after a short but gallant battle with Brain cancer on November 12th 2020 at the age of 72.

He was born on September 8, 1948 in Sedro Woolley, WA.  He moved to Enumclaw with his family in 1953 and graduated from Enumclaw High School in 1966.  He served in the US Navy from 1967-1971 spending time in both Puerto Rico and in Crete as a Construction Electrician with the SeaBees where his lifelong love of electrical drafting and design began.  He was married twice and was a devoted husband in both instances and he found tremendous pride in his 2 children and 6 grandchildren.

Orville started his engineering career at Bouillon, Christofferson, and Schairer spending 29 years there before a short stint at Gerber & Vail Inc finally landing at his last work home at Affiliated Engineers, Inc. where he had 17 years of service up to his death, never finding the right time to retire as he enjoyed his work family so much.  He was very proud of his career and the many projects he contributed to including the Kingdome, many local hospitals, various UW facilities, and downtown high rises.  He also enjoyed spending time mentoring and sharing his love of electrical design with the next generation of engineers.

He was a very positive man always with a smile on his face and often described with having a twinkle in his eye.  Mischievous at heart, but also serious in his hunger for learning and sharing knowledge.  He loved hiking, camping, Northwest beaches, books and Libraries, coffee shops and Museums, and most of all, he loved helping others.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville Junior Eide and Naomi Ann (Pischke) Eide, his brothers, Terry Eide and Darrel Eide, and his wives Suheyl Sargin and Mildred Woodward.

Orville is survived by his children, Orville (Ravy) Eide of Roy, and Hayat (Edward) Hall of Seattle, and 6 grandchildren Wattanie (Sandy), Meissna, Seth, Orville K, and Kerosene Eide, and Kevin Nicely.  He is also survived by his brothers Don (Christine) Eide of Kennewick, David (Christine) Eide of Enumclaw, and Jim (Christine) Eide of Ohio, and sister Ann Eide of Alaska.

If you would like to raise a glass in remembrance of Orville, his favorite beers were Boatswain Double I.P.A. or Simpler Times, both found at his favorite store, Trader Joe’s.  He was also partial to Ouzo, Aquavit and Vermouth.  Memorials may go to his favorite charity, Mary’s Place or a charity of your choice.

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