Cecil Robert Simplot, age 85, passed away on July 1, 2017 in Bellingham, Washington. Cecil graduated from Bellingham High School in 1950. From 1951 – 1954, he served in the U.S. Navy, and while on leave, he met the love of his life in Times Square, Frances “Dolly” Amato. They were married on November 14, 1954 in New Jersey, and went on to have four beautiful daughters.
Cecil had endless passions and hobbies: gardening, reading, boating, travelling, and caring for his animals – from dogs to cows, and all manner of farm animals. He was an avid football fan, and loved the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Huskies. He belonged to the UW Tyee Club and attended all Rose Bowl games. He was dedicated to his job, working tirelessly as a pipefitter for Georgia Pacific. But he will be remembered most for his unwavering devotion to his family. He was a loving husband, a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, a good provider, and an amazing friend.
Cecil is survived by loving wife Dolly Simplot; his daughters Debbie (Sonny) Banks, Marlene (Dale) Dunphy, Darlene (Mike) Casper, and Diane (Sherman Smith) Simplot; brother and sister-in-law Michael Simplot and Phyllis Simplot, as well as siblings, cousins, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Cecil is preceded in death by his parents Cecil and Esther Simplot, his sister Marlene Simplot, and his brother James Simplot.
Services will be held on Thursday July 6, 2017 at Moles Farewell Tributes - Bellingham, beginning with a visitation at 12:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. The graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Bayview Cemetery.