Leonard Donner Lipman, born in Bayonne, New Jersey, passed away unexpectedly at home in Seattle on May 22, 2019 at the age of 81. Leonard was a very caring, intelligent and generous man with a great sense of humor.
He graduated from Michigan State University in 1962 with a BS in Psychology and enlisted in Officer Candidate School in the United States Navy at Pensacola, Florida to become a pilot. He was very proud of his 5-year service as a naval aviator. This experience helped usher him into a 30-year career as a pilot with the Northwest Airlines. He retired as a 747 captain.
Some of Leonard’s most memorable experiences were boating trips to his favorite spot, the Gulf Islands, Canada captaining the Sealestial. In retirement, he looked forward to starting each day by meeting his friends to chit chat at Starbucks. He loved to travel and watch basketball. He was a devoted “Poppy” to his grandson Luc and regularly accompanied him to his karate classes and other activities. Leonard was very happy when he became a grandfather for the second time after his granddaughter, Amira was born.
He is survived my his wife Myrna, brother David (Michele), daughter Tatum Sauer, son Sam (Debbie Chen), grandchildren Luc and Amira, nieces, grandnephews and other relatives and friends. He is predeceased by his parents Joseph and Muriel.
A memorial service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery at 18600 SE 240th Street, Kent, WA 98042 at 10:45 a.m. on June 20, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Leonard’s name to The Patrick School, 397 Columbia Avenue, Hillside, NJ 07205 or www.thepatrickschool.org for credit card donations.