Sunday, March 9, 2014
April 4, 1967 — March 1, 2014
Gregory Scott Austin succumbed to cancer in Arlington, Wash., on March 1, 2014. He was born in Walla Walla on April 4, 1967, and was baptized at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Greg was the son of Nancy Gradwohl Austin and the late David Austin. He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He loved spending time with his family and friends and especially enjoyed fishing, boating, motorcycle riding and hunting with his brother, Todd. Greg attended schools in Walla Walla: Prospect Point Elementary, Garrison Junior High and Walla Walla High School, graduating in 1985. He then went on to graduate from Big Bend Community College with an associate degree in applied science while also earning the airframe and power plant certificate. Greg was hired by Boeing as a mechanical technician and later was promoted to team leader, “teaching by example.” Cancer regretfully forced his recent retirement from Boeing. In his support, approximately 65 of his Boeing colleagues came to his home to honor him for his leadership and friendship.
Gregory was preceded in death by his father, David Austin; parental grandparents, Alpha and Louise Austin; maternal grandparents, William and Anna Gradwohl; aunt and god-mother, Judith Gradwohl Brinson. Greg is survived by his wife, Sheryl, at home; son, Joshua Austin (Kristi); daughter, Kirsten Taylor (Gerald); grandson, Kaedyn; his mother, Nancy Austin; brother, Todd Austin (Teresa); nephew, Cody Austin; niece, Alexis Austin; uncle, Frank Dement; aunt, Shirley Dement; cousin, Kevin Dement (Sylvia); uncle, Bob Brinson (Doris); cousins, Kathy Brinson and Becky Marty (Steve); uncle, Michael Austin; cousins, Wendy Austin; aunt, Mary Kerns; uncle Bob Kerns.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Arlington. Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Hospice of Snohomish County, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Walla Walla, or a charity of choice in Greg’s honor.