Robert Cray

Robert D'Esting Cray

Wednesday, December 16th, 1936 - Monday, May 11th, 2020
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Robert D. Cray
December 1936 – May 2020

Robert D’Esting Cray was born in 1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but he spent most of his childhood in Montana. During his Junior year in high school, Bob moved to Oak Harbor where he enjoyed playing football, baseball, working on cars, racing at Skagit Speedway, and making many lifelong friends. In March 1960, he met his wife Maxine and they spent the next 60 years together working, raising two sons, Garth and Trevor, and travelling nationally and internationally.

Bob became a Professional Land Surveyor in 1970 and was a partner at Fakkema & Kingma Inc. in Oak Harbor for 43 years. He was active in both local and national Professional Land Surveying organizations. For many years Bob also enjoyed serving on the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, and as Chairman, signed his son Garth’s Professional Engineering license and his son Trevor’s Professional Land Surveyor’s license. In 1982 he was elected Washington State Surveyor of the Year. Bob’s all-time favorite activity was working on cars, the highlights of which were restoring his 3000 Austin Healey with his son Trevor and then competing in car shows and rallies all around the US and Canada.

Bob will be deeply missed by his wife Maxine, sons Garth (Janet) and Trevor, grandchildren Diana and Darrell, brother Richard; sister Barbara; and a myriad of cousins, friends, and care providers. A Celebration of Life has been tentatively planned for August. Family suggests, for memorials in Robert’s name please consider donations to Parkinson Foundations or Whidbey Health Hospice Care.
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Richard G. Cray

Posted at 03:53pm
Bob was my older brother. While we sometimes sparred, as brothers often do, he remained a solid guiding influence in my life. I will always be grateful for his instinctive affinity for hard work which provided a valuable life lesson to our family. He and Maxine succeeded in raising two outstanding sons for which they were rightfully proud. His was a life of achievement in his family, his work, and his community. He will be missed by many.

Richard G. Cray

Doug & Jane

Posted at 04:03pm
Bob was a business colleague who I admired and respected greatly. He was the model for all professional land surveyors. Our hearts go out to you and your family, Maxine.

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