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William "Mac" Knight

Jul 24, 1952 - Jan 28, 2018
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 On Sunday January 28th, 2018 at 6:30PM William “Mac” Knight took his last breath. After a 10-year fight with cancer and a 65 ½ year fight with the overall incompetence of mankind, Mac finally got a break from reading about idiots and buying sarcastic t-shirts. 

He was born on July 24th 1952 to Vivian McCorkle and Boyd Wood. He grew up in Grandview surrounded by family he loved, the rest of the family was there too. In 1972 at the ripe old age of 20, he married the love of his life, Merrilee Beth Houghton. They would go on to have at least 15 great years of marriage over the next 45 years. 
 
Mac worked many jobs, some with Merri. From a Salesman at a Department Store and later a Hardware store, to running a gas station, he was always excited for the next opportunity and challenge. He went to work out at the Hanford Nuclear (New-Clear, get it right) Reservation on the fire department in the mid 80’s. While there he rose through the ranks to Battalion and Deputy Chief. Both times he was a Deputy Chief he helped to re-organize the chain of command and eliminated his own position. 
 
During the late 90’s and 2000’s Mac added “Wildland Firefighter” to his resume’ and was known to travel all over the northwest fighting the summer fires we all know and love. This was the kind of thing that we all found to be normal about him. A passion to know almost anything, to learn something new, and to challenge himself constantly.
 
Once he “retired” and discovered he had Multiple Myeloma, he got a plan, acted on it, and beat the disease back. Through stem cell transplants, fractured vertebrae, and constant chemotherapy he fought. Sometimes with the disease, sometimes with the rest of us, but he kept of fighting. His will to fight and ability to come back from the brink astounded many and he survived 10 years after being told he had but weeks to live. 
 
His passions in life were many so we’ll keep this brief. Above all other things Mac loved his family. From his adoration of Merri, his close relationships with his sisters Kris and Kelly, his endless love for his children Micheal, Martin, and Matthew, and his amazing ability to love his grandchildren, his love and commitment to family were something to behold. He was also passionate about intellectual curiosity, he was driven on know anything he could and put his mind to work, expanding that knowledge, endlessly. This was his secret to his success with crossword puzzles, computer games, and most everything he put his mind to learn. From Music, Photography, Wood Working, Astronomy, Computers, Baking, and Reading he never quit. He would devour books of all kinds at amazing speed and his knowledge benefited everyone with whom he came in contact. 
 
He is missed by all of us but we celebrate his life. The positive influence he had on all of us was amazing, his sarcasm was sharp and funny, and his willingness to help never-ending. May we all strive to be more like this in our everyday lives.
 
 

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