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In Memory of

Richard Ralph Pangallo

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Obituary


Dick passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side.
He was born in Seattle and grew up in South Park. He graduated from Cleveland High School in 1949. He attended the University of Washington and then Western Washington College. Dick was the loving husband of Hazel whom he married on April 2nd, 1955. Dick and Hazel raised their four children on Mercer Island and never left the home they established. They were among the original members of St. Monica Catholic Church. They had a wonderful 50th-year wedding anniversary celebration with family...

Dick passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side.
He was born in Seattle and grew up in South Park. He graduated from Cleveland High School in 1949. He attended the University of Washington and then Western Washington College. Dick was the loving husband of Hazel whom he married on April 2nd, 1955. Dick and Hazel raised their four children on Mercer Island and never left the home they established. They were among the original members of St. Monica Catholic Church. They had a wonderful 50th-year wedding anniversary celebration with family and close friends 10 years ago. When Dick recently passed, he and Hazel were only 10 days shy of their 60th anniversary!
In high school, Dick was a sports star. While attending Cleveland High School, Dick was All-City in both football and baseball. In baseball, he played center field and was known as a power, long-ball hitter. After Dick's senior year of high school, he played in both the football and baseball All-City vs All-State games, and served as captain on the football squad. In summer months, Dick played American Legion baseball and, later, semi-pro baseball. After Dick's playing days, he spent summers working for the Seattle Parks Department and later at Longacres Racetrack as a mutuel clerk.
At the University of Washington, Dick played football in 1949 and 1950 and his teammates included Don Coryell, Hugh McElhenny, Don Heinrich and Dick Sprague. After transferring to Western Washington College, Dick played both football and baseball. His football awards at Western Washington were All-Evergreen Conference as well as honorable mention United Press International All-Coast. Their 1951 team went 8-1, and Dick was a leader on their defense which ranked in the top 10 nationally in total yards allowed.
Dick began his 39 years as teacher at Oakville in 1953 and then at South Central School District. In 1957 he began his teaching and coaching in the Seattle School District, first at Cleveland, his Alma Mater, and then at West Seattle, Lincoln and Chief Sealth where he retired in 1992.
Dick loved his job and interaction with his students. He was always pleased when he had contact with them over the years. He was outgoing and very interested in their lives. Many of them considered him their mentor.
Dick earned a lot of sports accolades and awards in his life. In 1961 Coach Pangallo led West Seattle High School to a "7 to 6" victory over Ballard to win the "Thanksgiving Day" Metro Football Championship. Up until that time, this victory was one of the biggest upsets in the history of Seattle high school football. That year Coach Pangallo was a nominee for Seattle's PI Man-of-the Year Award.
In 1995, Dick was inducted into the Western Washington University Football Hall of Fame. In 2007, the West Seattle vs Chief Sealth football game was titled the "Dick Pangallo Cup," in his honor. And in 2013 Dick was inducted into the Washington State American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dick was a member of the Washington State Coaches Association and the West Seattle Monogram Club.
Dad was an unbelievable inspiration to his children. He had profound love and care for them, for which they are eternally grateful. He was a steady leader of the family and there are numerous memories of special times and fun vacations. And it was a great joy to be around him because he had such a warm presence. He shared in the special moments of his children's weddings and the births of their children. He visited and called frequently, always interested to hear how people were doing and offering kind, wise advice when he was asked for it. He cherished being with his children and grandchildren at so many family gatherings across the years.
Dick is survived by his wife Hazel, his children Barbara (Frank) Hoffman, Richard (Marianne), Martha (Steve) Harkness and Matthew (Sandra) and by 16 grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank Eric Gil, MD, John Hynes, MD and Evergreen Hospice who provided exceptional medical care to Dick. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Overlake Hospital's Hovind Heart & Vascular Center, or a charity of your choice.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Monica Catholic Church, 4301 88th Ave SE, Mercer Island, Wednesday, April 8th, at 11:00 AM.