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Jonathan Sokol

- Feb 13, 2018
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 Jonathan Sokol passed away at his home in Yakima, WA, on February 13, 2018 at age 69. He was born to his mother Elizabeth in Rocky River, Ohio in 1948, where his father Theodore was mayor. At age 3, his family moved to Orange County, CA, where he was raised along with his 10 siblings.  

Even at a young age he loved nature, starting his mountain climbing career at age 12 with Mt. Whitney. This was an early indication of an intensely adventurous spirit which led him to the life of a “mountain man” in the wilderness of Western Washington. 
During his time there, he lived in homemade cabins with no electricity, and fought forest fires in a crew known as the Marblemount Hot Shots (Surely, You’ve Heard of Us). 
He then started a spiritual journey that was to take him out of the wilderness and into the wilds of inner city Chicago. There he walked the streets as a brother of the Holy Order of MANS, feeding and helping the needy. His search for truth led him to the Orthodox Christian Church, and there he discovered his spiritual home. Around the same time, he completed his education with a Master’s degree in Psychology which would pave the way for his 27 year career protecting children as a social worker for DSHS. 
 
As he found his faith and his lifelong career, he also found Ann Coate, his love at first sight, 29-year marriage partner and mother of five children. Together they moved to Yakima and joined the Holy Cross Orthodox Church. He loved to take his family on camping trips, finding new adventures and new favorite places.
 
His work, family, and faith were his whole world, with tennis as a very happy side obsession. Any person who met him would say they had never met a man like him before. Quirky, intelligent, energetic, kind, honest, dedicated and loyal, you couldn’t ask for a better dad, husband, grandpa, brother, coworker or friend. He was the life of every party, driving force behind every project, and beloved pied piper of all the church children. He made a lasting impression on everyone who knew him, and he will be sorely missed.
 
The Vespers Service will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6:30PM and the Funeral Service will be on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 10:00AM, both at Holy Cross Orthodox Church, followed by burial at Tahoma Cemetery. 
 

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Funeral service

Feb 16, 2018:10:00AM

Holy Cross Orthodox Church

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Graveside

Tahoma Cemetery

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