Francis Layman Obituary
 
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Francis Wynn Layman

March 2, 1925 - August 26, 2014
Obituary

Francis W. Layman, 89, passed away Aug 26, 2014 in Yakima. He was the 5th of 6 sons born to Lucious and Thirza Layman. Francis graduated from high school in 1942. He was an outstanding athlete and played on the Top-Hi basketball team that took 8th place at state. In one game he scored an amazing 50 points. That team record held up for approximately 40 years. Francis married his high school sweetheart, Earline Short on Aug 7, 1942. Eight children were born from that union. They raised their large family in Top- penish and their children graduated from Toppenish High School. Francis owned and oper- ated a trucking company, FW Layman Hay-...
Francis W. Layman, 89, passed away Aug 26, 2014 in Yakima. He was the 5th of 6 sons born to Lucious and Thirza Layman.
Francis graduated from high school in 1942. He was an outstanding athlete and played on the Top-Hi basketball team that took 8th place at state. In one game he scored an amazing 50 points. That team record held up for approximately 40 years. Francis married his high school sweetheart, Earline Short on Aug 7, 1942. Eight children were born from that union. They raised their large family in Top- penish and their children graduated from Toppenish High School. Francis owned and oper- ated a trucking company, FW Layman Hay- Grain-Straw. As a result of his business Francis knew many farmers and dairymen all over the NW and Canada. This enabled the family to take "working vacations" to the beach and Canada. They also loved camping and Sunday road trips.
In 1960 the business fell on hard times and was forced to close. All of Francis' and Earline's children were involved in various sporting events. He and Earline never missed cheering and supporting their children's athletic events. The "Laymans" especially loved their summer swim team events. They were like fish in the water. The house was filled with many blue ribbons and trophies won by Kathy, Terry, Patty and David. The family even had their own college all-American swimmer in youngest child, David. Francis was a very proud man. Determined to always provide for his family after the closure of his business he continued to drive truck for other local trucking companies. He retired in January of 1991 with 30 yrs safe driving award from the Teamsters union. Francis was a very friendly and hard working man. No one was ever a stranger for long as he would talk to anybody and he acquired many friends throughout his career. He loved his children and grandchildren and enjoyed their visits. After 49 yrs of marriage Earline Layman passed away on March 13, 1991. In 1992 Francis married Mildred Magers who passed away on July 25, 2014.
Francis is survived by 1 brother, L. Gail Layman of Seattle, 4 children, Roger (Patsy) Layman, Kathy (Doug) Tilton, Patty Lang- ford of Yakima and David (Georgia) Layman of Cypress, TX, 9 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Rodney, Don, Duane, Dean, and children Richard, Peggy, Tom, and Terry. The family would like to thank all the "girls" at Summitview Healthcare Center For their loving care and making Francis smile. A Graveside Service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Elmwood Cemetery in Toppenish, WA. To share a memory of Francis, visit www.keithandkeith.com.

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