In Memoriam

Class of 1969

DR. JERALD D. BATES, DDS CLASS OF 1969

Dr. Jerald BatesDr. Jerald Dayle “Jerry” Bates of Woodinville, Wash., passed away on Jan. 1, 2022, surrounded by his family.  He was 79.

He was born on Aug. 24, 1942, to Dayle and Edna Bates in Norfolk, Va., and grew up in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. At the age of 13, he earned the Boy Scouts Eagle Award. In 1959, his family moved to Bothell, Wash. He graduated from Bothell High School in 1960. In 1961, he met Carol Ann Baldwin and they wed in 1964. After graduation and service as a lieutenant and dentist in the U.S. Navy, he opened a dental practice in downtown Woodinville (1971), where he worked for 50 years. One of his first priorities for his new practice was becoming a regular advertiser in The Woodinville Weekly and an early member of the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Bates was also a passionate athlete who coached all of his children in baseball, softball, basketball, and soccer for 19 years (including Northshore Select soccer). He was a longtime sponsor of local youth sports teams and community events in and around Woodinville, including sponsorships with the local high schools. He watched as many of his grandchildren’s sporting events as he could – sometimes 10 or more games in a weekend, as well as games in the evenings after work.

His love for his family extended into the relationships he built at his dental office. His beloved patients sought him out for his cutting-edge dentistry and stayed with his practice because he truly cared for them and made them feel at home.

Dr. Bates is survived by his wife, Carol; children Susan (Jeff) Halstrom, Wes (Julie), Ann (Jeff) McGowan, and Tianna (Chris) Flowers; grandchildren Kaeli, Max, Zach, Kennedy, Ryan, Riley, Ava, Tyson, Jacob, Liam, Nellie, and Kameron; and brother Ron. (The Woodinville Weekly)

DR. ROY M. GUNSOLUS, DDS CLASS OF 1969 

Dr. GonsolusDr. Roy Mathew Gunsolus III died on Sept. 14, 2021 in Edmonds, Wash., after a heroic fight with Parkinson’s disease. He was 76. He was an associate professor and faculty member in the School’s Department of Orthodontics from 1983 to 2012, teaching residents one or two days per week.

Dr. Gunsolus was born on Oct. 25, 1944 in Bakersfield, Calif. His father’s military service took the family to various facilities. The most memorable for Dr. Gunsolus was the Kodiak Naval Air Station, where he became an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He spent many hours fishing and hiking with his dad.

Dr. Gunsolus received his undergraduate degree in biology from the UW. After dental school, he spent three years in military service in Germany and returned for graduate training in orthodontics at the University of California, San Francisco. He was in a private orthodontic practice from 1973 to 2012.

He was a member of the ADA, AAO, and PCSO (past winner of the PCSO Award of Merit), a Diplomate of the American Board, and a past president of the Angle Society. He served on the PCSO Board of Directors and as chair for the AAO Council on Practice Management. He retired from private practice in North Seattle in December 2012.

Dr. Gunsolus loved his family, sailing, biking, racing his beloved Porsche, gardening, and collecting trains. He shared anything he owned, including boats, houses, and food. He encouraged his family, students, and friends to work hard, take risks, and trust in yourself.

Dr. Gunsolus is survived by his wife, Barbara; children Roy IV (Jill), Turi Lucas, and Kari (Mitch) Ketner; grandchildren Mitchell, Simone, Malia, Oliver, Roman, and Addison; great-grandchild Carter; sister Skye (David) Sugar; and many other relatives and friends. (Dignity Memorial)

DR. DARYL J. HABICH, DDS CLASS OF 1969

Dr. Daryl HabichDr. Daryl J. Habich passed away on Jan. 24, 2022. He was 78.

He was born on March 5, 1944 in Washington. He graduated from West Seattle High School in 1962, and was a proud UW Husky who never missed an opportunity to harass anyone who did not don purple and gold.

Dr. Habich never shied away from hard work and put himself through dental school while working full time as an ironworker for Zesbaugh. He worked on notable projects such as the Space Needle and enormous rolling steel hangar doors for Boeing. At only 18 years old, he drove a huge hoist truck full of materials from Seattle to Alaska.

He was passionate and dedicated to excellence in conservative dentistry. For over 35 years, he participated and mentored in the elite Tucker Gold Study Club, teaching in Indiana and Germany. He enjoyed teaching patients and his peers and was able to spend his last years of dentistry at the clinic he built on the airfield. Some of his patients even flew in for their appointments.

Dr. Habich was a pioneer in the field of dentistry and a true icon in the automotive world. He was a local short track and international race car driver, racing team owner, master fabricator, airport owner, airplane hangar builder, twin-engine pilot, certified flight instructor and fly-in Flour Bombing champion, general contractor, snowmobile tour operator, BBQ grill expert, and one hilarious storyteller. (Legacy.com)