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Gayle David Barrow


Gayle Barrow passed away March 31 in his Federal Way home. He was 80.

He was born to Beulah and Merle Barrow on October 29, 1939 in Brooks, Minnesota. He was raised in Portland, Oregon and graduated from the University of Portland in 1961, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering.

He was hired by the Boeing Company out of college and began his aerospace career. He was an expert in space navigation, guidance and control and a member of the Boeing Aerospace Technical Staff. His career spanned 40 years and included the Lunar Orbiter from 1960-1969, SOFT during the 1970s and finally the International Space Station from 1994-2000. He retired on February 28, 2000. He moved back to Federal Way from Houston, Texas at that time.

He loved to travel, be it by cruise ship, air or car, seeing new places and experiencing local food and customs. He was quite the chef and enjoyed watching cooking shows on TV and making amazing dishes. His favorite thing by far was sci-fi in any form.

He had the heart of a servant attending to both his mother and father during their lives and at their deaths. He was generous and faith filled, always ready to serve. He was very close with all his extended family and shared holidays and special celebrations with them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Beulah and Merle Barrow. He is survived by his sisters, Connie and Renee; nine nieces and nephews; and 24 grand-nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be said privately at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Federal Way. Burial will be at Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery





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