Bruce White obituary (1948 – 2021) – Snohomish, WA
Bruce Eldon White, 72, of Silver Lake, Washington, died suddenly from terminal cancer on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in Everett, Washington.
23 Oct 1948 – 14 Oct 2021
Bruce was born on October 23, 1948 in Yakima, Washington, to Helen Sturgeon and Harry White. He graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School and studied at South Seattle Community College. Bruce worked in metal fabrication shops, he managed and also taught metal fabrication. He was a diesel mechanic, he built and designed his own race car, and was vice president of advanced management for many years before retiring.
Bruce liked speed. He started motorcycling, motocross racing, and then drag racing for over 20 years at the Pacific Raceway in Seattle, Washington. Last summer he qualified for the Pacific Raceway Team Race and just finished the drag race in the Race of Champions in Woodburn, Oregon. He has the trophies and awards to prove it!
Bruce loved his drag racing family and friends – they were his life. Bruce has always been there for his family and has taught us to enjoy every moment that life has to offer. Bruce loved to laugh, he loved to make others laugh with his humor and was larger than life. His laugh was infectious, which reminds me of that quote. “There is nothing in the world as irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Bruce is survived by his former wife, Monique White. They had been married for over 20 years and, although divorced, remained close friends and shared family events. He is also survived by his children, Melissa Hemen, Melanie Badger, Michelle Taylor, by marriage Rosa Briggs, Starr Erickson and Chay Erikson. The spouses are Jeff Hemen, Terry Badger, Ron Taylor and Robert Briggs. Her many grandchildren are: Ashlee Matilla, Austin Hemen, Samantha Hughes, Maddie & Malachi Taylor, Micah & Abby Briggs, Xaiden Froyd and Aurora Erickson. His great-grandchildren; Khloe Mattila, Josiah Mattila and Landon McGriff.
A funeral is scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Snohomish, Washington. There is a tour from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. if you want to arrive early and attend this part. Front desk service will follow immediately at French Creek Manor in Snohomish. Everyone who knew him is welcome.
On the last day he was surrounded by his loving family with all we have as he stepped into eternity. We will never forget you dad and you will stay in our hearts forever.
I still love you daddy, Melissa.
October 23, 1948 – October 14, 2021
Posted by The Herald (Everett) October 22-23, 2021.