Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA

Dean K. Wadsworth

Dean K. Wadsworth

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Dean K. Wadsworth, 88, a resident of Burlington, passed away on January 1, 2019 at the Creekside Senior Community.

Dean was born on June 6, 1930 in Tacoma, WA, the son of Grace Rogers Wadsworth.  He was raised in Tacoma until the mid-1930’s when he and his mother moved to Hawaii, and thanks to a Japanese nanny he was speaking fairly fluent Japanese by the age of 7.  Pre WWII they returned to Tacoma where Dean graduated from Stadium High School in 1948.  At age 18 he went to Boston, alone, and attended and graduated from MIT, returning to Washington where he attained a Master’s Degree in Geology from the University of Washington.

Dean served his country in the U.S. Army towards the end of the Korean Conflict.

After the war Dean made his home on a small farm in Bothell and worked as a cab driver for Yellow Cab in Seattle for over 30 years, and was one of their highest requested and highest fare earning drivers for many years. After his retirement in 1988 he moved to a small farm in Sedro-Woolley where he lived until 2012 when he moved to Burlington.

Dean enjoyed tinkering on his farms, was an avid reader, very knowledgeable on world affairs and for those who knew him he was very humble for his intellect.

Dean had never married and had no siblings.  He is survived by close friends Jeff Cook of Bothell and Paul Cook of Everett and Daniella Huey of Sedro-Woolley, and preceded by close friend Eddie Kosbab.

A time of visitation will be held on Friday and Saturday from 9 to 5, and on Sunday by appointment at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley. Inurnment will be held at a later date.


  • Danniella (Huey) Alberto

    Dean was one of the sweetest man i ever knew! So so glad i got to know him and share time with him. I know many of his stories when he was young. He loved to fish on American Lake growing up and during the Great Depression when he came home from school for lunch his mom was often doing someones hair and gave him five cents to get a milkshake! He loved those! I truly loved that guy i will never forget him and i will miss him immensely. Got to visit him on sat evening Dec 22 and he really wanted to come live at my house. He enjoyed some of my famous frosted butter cookies. So glad we had that time. A True Angle