Kent L. McIlrath

Kent L. McIlrath, 61 passed away December 13, 2017 from complications of diabetes. He was the youngest son of seven children born to Harvey and Gurina McIlrath (Palmer) near Bothell, Washington. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1974 and worked for many years for Lockheed shipbuilding before becoming a land surveyor.

He lived and worked in the San Juan islands for over 12 years; working first for John Thalaker, and then with Iverson Surveying.

For the past 12 years he has lived with his brother Paul in Yakima, Washington. Kent had a passion for history, the outdoors and all living creatures and he lived life to the fullest. His years in Friday Harbor were some of the best in his life and he always spoke lovingly of his many friends and co-workers living there. 

Kent was preceded in death by his parents. A week following his death, an older brother Brian passed away suddenly. 

Surviving him now are his three brothers; Scott and Paul of Yakima and Alan of Auburn, Sisters Cathlin of Everett and Laurel Christie of Issaquah, and 52 nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. 

Memorials in his name may be made to the animal shelter or animal welfare society of your choice. Services are planned for the spring.

1 comment

  • Debbie Treise Saturday, 23 December 2017 23:34 Comment Link

    Gosh! This is sad news; I came to know Kent here in Friday Harbor, what seems like forever ago. We had alot in common, same age, I graduated from Issaquah, grew up here and have lived in FH for 31+ years. I remember he was living in his Mom's home off Tucker St. I use to go over there, glass of wine, always good conversations. I'm so sorry to read of this. I always wondered where he went after he left here. Love to his Family. Deb Treise.


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