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Lloyd A. Downes

June 15, 1926 - March 13, 2017

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Lloyd Alden Downes

Lloyd was born in Lausanne, Alberta, Canada on June 15, 1926. He died in Everett, Washington, on March 13, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Lloyd's father Chester was born in Canada; his mom Sevilla (Lyons) was born in Iowa, but lost her citizenship when she married a Canadian. The family moved to Washington in 1929. They lived at Lake Stevens and Everett, and then moved to Snohomish when he was in the 6th grade. Lloyd had 2 brothers and 3 sisters, (Harold, Allen, Ella, Lila and Velma). He attended school...

Lloyd Alden Downes

Lloyd was born in Lausanne, Alberta, Canada on June 15, 1926. He died in Everett, Washington, on March 13, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Lloyd's father Chester was born in Canada; his mom Sevilla (Lyons) was born in Iowa, but lost her citizenship when she married a Canadian. The family moved to Washington in 1929. They lived at Lake Stevens and Everett, and then moved to Snohomish when he was in the 6th grade. Lloyd had 2 brothers and 3 sisters, (Harold, Allen, Ella, Lila and Velma). He attended school through his junior year of high school. He worked on a farm in Snohomish & then moved to Entiat, Washington, where he worked for his uncle at a gas station.

Lloyd was drafted and entered the Army in 1945. He served in the Aleutian Islands as a Medic and was discharged in 1946. After his military service, he went to work at the Weyerhaeuser Mill. He married Dorothy (Jean) Allen on May 15, 1948. They had 5 children; Karen, Kristy, Roy, Leon and Elaine. He worked as an orderly at Providence Hospital, as a parking lot attendant in Everett, and worked on the road crew for Snohomish County. He then joined the Carpenters Union Local 562 and worked on many large construction jobs; the Seattle World's Fair and Space Needle, the Monroe Reformatory, the Sultan Basin (Culmback), Chief Joseph, Azwell and O'Sullivan hydroelectric dams, & many other buildings. He later worked for multiple companies, traveling to Hawaii and other states where he worked as a finish carpenter on store interiors. He was an accomplished craftsman and took great pride in his work.
He built 3 homes and barns for himself and his family, a home for Karen and Tony, remodeled a home for Kristy and Guy, made cabinets for Roy's new home, built a shop for Leon, helped build a sleeping shed for Dave and Elaine at Rimrock, and was always working on a project for family or friends.
Lloyd retired from the Carpenter's Union in 1989. In retirement, he volunteered at the Snohomish Food Bank, the Snohomish School District working with special needs students, and loved to work on the farm as needed for Tony and Karen. In 2002, he helped Neil and Christy restore their historic Snohomish home; the J & J Smith House, which was built in 1890.
Lloyd loved farm life and was a long-time member of the Sky Valley Tractor Club.

In 1998, his health began to decline. He had cancer surgery, developed diabetes, and his short-term memory began to fade. In 2009, we made the difficult decision to have him cared for in a nursing home.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, 3 nephews and a niece, his wife "Jeannie," and 4 of his siblings. His sister Velma survives him.
He is also survived by his 5 children and their families, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Per his wishes, a private family graveside service will be held.
Memorials may be made to Seattle Children's Hospital.