July 3, 1915 - Dec. 1, 2010
Walter W. Seibly, a long time Lewis-Clark Valley physician, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at Rose Arbor Assisted Living Center in Hermiston.
Walt was the second son of William and Hannah Jane Huntington Seibly. His parents were working in an apple orchard the summer of 1915, when Walt had the distinction of being born in a tent along the lower Naches River northwest of Yakima on July 3. The Seibly family remained in the Yakima Valley during Walt's growing-up years.
In 1935 he began a pre-med course at Walla Walla College. During the College Day festivities that year, Walt was assigned a seat next to the beautiful Maxine Barclay from Dayton. They were married the next fall at her family's farm and celebrated 64 years of marriage before Maxine's death in 2000.
Although accepted to medical school immediately following his degree at Walla Walla College, Walt was forced to delay his education for a time in order to earn the necessary funds to enroll in medical school. He did everything from picking apples to driving a bread truck to teaching school, but accomplished his dream by graduating from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1945.
Following a number of assignments with the Army, Walt and family moved to Clarkston in 1947, where he eventually built his own office building and practiced family medicine for nearly 30 years. He took care of several generations of Lewis-Clark Valley families, in some cases delivering third-generation babies!
During the Korean War, Walt was called back to service in the Air Force as a flight surgeon. He remained in the Air Force reserve for many years, and retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
After his retirement in 1976, he never lost his love of learning and continued as medical director for four skilled nursing facilities, and as a surgical assistant for area surgeons. On June 2, 2006, the dedication of the new Tri-State Memorial Hospital Imaging Women's Diagnostic center in Walt's name was a special honor.
Walt's other interests included piloting his own plane, fishing, hunting, camping, boating, water skiing and building anything he set his mind on. His favorite construction project of all time was the family cabin in Idaho, which is still the setting for many a joyous family holiday. Walt was an involved member of his church, serving as an elder and music director for many years and actively participating in the building of both the Lewiston and Clarkston Seventh-day Adventist Churches.
Walt is survived by his children, Renee' and husband, Bob Larrabee, of Clarkston, Barclay and wife, Bonnie Seibly, of Clarkston, and Tamara and husband, Duane Johnson, of Hermiston; sister-in-law, Aluerdine McQuary; seven grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Maxine; granddaughter, Jill Lynn Larrabee; and seven siblings.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, from 4-7 p.m. at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston, and again Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Clarkston Seventh-day Adventist Church. Services will be held Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the church.
Memorials may be made in his name to the Tri-State Memorial Hospital Imaging Center, P.O. Box 636, Clarkston, WA 99403 or to the Asotin County Food Bank Building Project, 146 Maple St., Clarkston, WA 99403.
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