William Pancake

1965 - 2013


William Pancake

Aug. 19, 1965 — July 18, 2013

William Dean Pancake passed away peacefully at the age of 47. Bill was born in Walla Walla to Jacqueline Marie Locati and William Joseph Pancake.

Bill graduated from DeSales High School in 1984 and in 1988 founded Jacobi’s Café, which is located on the National Historical Registry, Northern Pacific Train Depot in Walla Walla. After selling Jacobi’s Café, he returned and finished his college education at Eastern Washington University, where he received a degree in psychology. Upon returning home, he worked for Panco Construction Incorporated (family business) for eight years. His next venture was owning/operating Creek Town Café starting in 2002 until sold in 2010. He loved cooking, entertaining, the company of family and friends, hiking and traveling.

Bill is survived by his father, William Joseph Pancake and his wife Janie; his sister, Kim Kmetz; his two nephews, Brendon and Levi Kmetz; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Jacqueline Marie Locati Pancake; his grandparents, Jacob and Mary Pinza Locati and William Finley and Julia Ione Pancake; and his cousin, Terri Lynn Moeller.

There will be a private family graveside service on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, with Sister Rosalie Locati officiating. A celebration of his life will be held at Jacobi’s Café at noon on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, to which family and friends are invited.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Walla Walla Catholic Schools through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.


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