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Bruce Reeves was born in Sunnyside, WA and died peacefully of natural causes April 6, 2015 at age 96. Bruce was a remarkable man. He was well known as an activist for seniors and equal justice. He was President of the Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby for over 10 years and after he passed the baton to Walt Bowen, he kept up with bills in the legislature. Until recently, he regularly attended the annual Senior Lobby Fall Conference and the Senior Lobby Day, and was a member of the Senior Lobby Executive Board.
Bruce graduated from the University of La Verne, La Verne, CA and undertook graduate studies in education and public administration at the University of Washington. He made the momentous decision to be a conscientious objector during WWII. He served in a work camp in Waldport, Oregon and finished his service in a tiny, remote village called Castañer in Puerto Rico. While in Puerto Rico, he met his wife, Margie, who was also doing volunteer work in that community. They married six weeks later on a hilltop at sunrise.
When Bruce and Margie returned to the states, Bruce taught grade school in Seattle for 6 years. Bruce spent 24 years working for the State of Washington as the Executive Assistant to Bert Cole, Commissioner of Public Lands. That is really when he began developing his skills as a lobbyist because Bert Cole was the first Commissioner overseeing the new Department of Natural Resources beginning in 1957, and they needed resources to operate!
Since retirement, Bruce has been an active volunteer advocate for the Washington State School Retirees’ Association, Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action, the Thurston County Board of Equalization, served on the board of the Washington State Employees Credit Union and hosted the annual board picnic at his home on Budd Bay and served as President of the Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby.
Bruce was a committed Democrat and in 1960 was elected to be the Thurston County State Committeeman and was the Precinct Committee Officer for Cooper Point Precinct for 31 years. Bruce founded the Champagne Brunch for the Thurston County Democrats that has been a continuous fund raising event for over 40 years and was a leader in the annual State Democratic Party’s Crab Feed.
Among his awards are the 1983 Democrat of Year from the Thurston County Democrats; 1997 Washington State Bar Association President’s Award; 1999 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of La Verne; 2001 Magnuson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington State Democratic Party and the 2007 Distinguished Leader Award by the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce.
In 2003, the Washington State Supreme Court appointed Bruce as the first non-attorney, to a three year term on the nine member State Access to Justice Board and in 2006 he was reappointed to another three year term. Bruce was also appointed as a Washington State delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on aging which is held every 10 years.
Bruce and Margie were married 67 years and had four children: Susan Fiksdal (Allen), Doris, Kaki, and Herb Reeves (BG Sandahl). He has nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 1:00 in the Worthington Center at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, WA.
Bruce’s family has asked that any donations be directed to the Senior Citizens’ Foundation in his memory.
— Write a check and mail to 1501 So Capitol Way Ste 103, Olympia, WA 98501 and we will deposit into an Savings Account that will be set up in Bruce Reeves’s Name at Heritage Bank, 201 5th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 989501.
— Cash Donation – Drop into the Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby and make a Cash Donation – You will receive a receipt and the donation will be deposited to the Savings Account at Heritage Bank
— Use a Credit or Debit card and click on the button below:
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