Peter Bakotich, 92 years of age and a longtime Harborite, died on Monday, January 7, 2013, at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam, Washington. He was born on July 25, 1920, in Aberdeen, Washington, to Pasco and Barbara (Millen) Bakotich. He attended school in Aberdeen and graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1940. While in school he played football and other sports.
He then found employment at a shake mill and then the Acme Door Plant in Hoquiam.
He served with the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was honorably discharged from active duty as a Technical Sergeant in 1947. He then became part of the Marine Corps Reserves and was honorably discharged after 25 years as a Master Gunnery Sergeant.
Peter returned to the Harbor area and was married to Esther Irene White in 1948. They were later divorced.
He joined the Aberdeen Fire Department and served for 27 years, retiring from there in 1973.
Peter Bakotich was married to Audrey Rockwell on August 23, 1974, in Aberdeen.
He attended the area Catholic Churches. He had a Pug dog he called Mandy that he truly spoiled. He enjoyed golfing, was a life member of the V.F.W., the Elks and the Eagles all of Aberdeen. He volunteered for the Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce. He had taken short trips about the state and he and Audrey traveled to Hawaii once.
Peter is survived by his wife, Audrey Bakotich of Aberdeen; two daughters, Teri Scherer of Central Park and Eileen Bakotich of Hoquiam; one son, Jim Bakotich of Great Falls, Montana; five step-sons, Roy Rockwell of Hoquiam, Charles Rockwell of Central Park, Bruce Rockwell of Aberdeen, Mike Cooper of Hoquiam and Jerry Cooper of South Aberdeen; his grandchildren and other relatives.
Peter requested donations be sent to the Aberdeen Fire Department Memorial Fund, 700 West Market Street, Aberdeen 98520.
A private graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Friday, January 11, 2013, at the Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam with Father Steve Roman to officiate.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the online guest register at www.colemanmortuary.net.