It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arthur Gary Reddick. He was born March 26, 1938, in Friday Harbor, to Art and Edna Taylor Reddick of Eastsound. There was no doctor on Orcas Island at that time. His father worked for the telephone company at the time so they also lived in Bellingham, Seattle and Richmond Beach while he was growing up, but summers were usually spent in the Islands, either on Orcas or on San Juan with his aunt and uncle, Nellie and Burton King and his cousins.
As he grew up first airplanes and then cars were his main focus. He often spoke of hanging around the airport on Orcas hoping that Bob Schoen would offer to take his friend and him for a ride. Until the last several years he could identify most of the planes that he would see in the air. As a teenager he worked to save for that first car. As an adult all but one of his jobs were in the auto industry. He was very proud of being the first Acura dealer in Las Vegas, and of his great success in the rental car business also in Las Vegas.
He was an avid boater and he enjoyed many happy times boating both in Australian and U.S. waters. He was also a skier and a golfer.
He is survived by his wife Pat, his son Donald (Frauke), and his daughter Brenda Reddick Hayashi (Jeff), 8 grandchlldren, 7 great grandchildren, his sister Barbara, Aunt Madelyn Haffey, first wife Robertta, and many nieces and nephews as well as 3 stepsons, their wives and 4 step grandchildren. Also survived by many good friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, his son Brett Reddick, his uncles Roy Reddick and Dick Haffey.
Though he was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he died of Parkinson’s on May 13, 2019, in La Quinta, California, very near his home in Indian Wells where he and Pat lived the last few years. He was surrounded by family that last week, and died peacefully with Pat by his side.
He will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery where his parents and many relatives are later this month.