Ed A. Wait, age 63, died Jan. 8, 2018, at his home in Brookings.
He was born July 13, 1954, in Oakland, California, to Bessie (Wilsey) and Phillip Wait.
A memorial service and celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Brookings Elks Lodge 1934, 800 Elk Drive, Brookings. A potluck reception will follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ed’s life. The family would like to thank everyone who supported us during this difficult time; you know who you are.
Ed is survived by his wife Dorothy (Perry) Wait of Brookings; brother Phillip Wait of Vancouver, Washington; sons Jason Wait of Longview, Washington and Cody Wait of Olympia, Washington; daughter Samantha Mabanang of Olympia; granddaughter Jessyca Johnson-Wait; and grandson Kalani Mabanang. He is also survived by “bonus” children Margaret Arias of Crescent City, California, and Sarah and Thomas Rosina of Redding, California. Bonus grandchildren include Marcos Nunez-Arias and Matteo Cari-Arias.
He was preceded in death by his parents Bessie (Wilsey) and Phillip Wait; sister Pat and his brother Burtt.
Ed worked in several fields during his career: millwork, environmental remediation, construction and state and local government administration. Prior to his second retirement in 2017, he worked for Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation in Smith River, first as the grants and contracts manager and then in the tribal gaming agency.
Ed was a longtime member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks and supported many special projects at the Brookings Elks Lodge. He enjoyed fishing mostly, along with camping, playing poker and video games, watching football and golfing in his younger years. His family and friends will remember him as a fun-loving person with a witty and sharp sense of humor.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Brookings Elks Lodge Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 5000, Brookings, OR 97415.
Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.