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Tyler Edwin King passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 in Bellingham, Washington surrounded by loved ones. Born in Bellingham to Charles and Margaret King on March 20, 1964, he was the second of four children. As a child growing up he was always known to have a big smile on his face, even on Saturday mornings when his father would wake him and his two brothers early to clean out the garage "Cause' we're going to the dump!"
Music played a big part in Tyler's childhood and could be heard throughout the house on any given day as his father was a very talented musician, singer, and song-writer wanting to pass on his craft to Tyler and his brothers. Frequent Friday or Saturday night jam sessions were a regular part of life at the King house, when seasoned musicians from around the county and Canada would take a chair at the kitchen table to play and sing well into the night. Having natural talent, and years of exposure to music Tyler became an accomplished bass player with exceptional timing and an ear for accuracy and performed live from an early age of 11 to well into his 50's.
Tyler was a machinist by trade and overall performance Guru, Tyler's attention to detail and need to please anyone that sought out his skills made him a legend in the performance motorsport industry. His willingness to go above and beyond traditional expectations and customer service in an industry that by design abuses the product which he provides, was unheard of. This unbelievable service gave him the nick-names "The King of Horsepower" and "Local Celebrity" by his family and friends, and he was often approached in places and times when least expected, wherever he went.
A man of many accomplishments and talents, Tyler was most of all a family man. Married to the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Christy Carpenter on May 8, 1987, and they raised two beautiful daughters Jessica and Holli in Lynden in a loving and often time’s hilarious environment. There weren't many things he refused his family- like pets, camping trips, jam sessions, or drinks after work. He was a true kid at heart. The King home for years has been a place where the parking lot and fridge was always full, the lights always on in the garage, and the music always playing. We'll miss those times he welcomed and created. Never one to take himself or life too seriously, Tyler's sense of humor and almost addictive love to make other’s laugh and smile was the daily routine for his loving wife and daughters, and so many of the memories he will leave with them. His great big smile and warm thoughtful heart will be missed by everyone that he touched in his life. He was taken from us too soon, but his legacy of always trying to be a good person to all will never die!
Tyler leaves behind his wife Christy King, two daughters Jessica & Holli King, brothers, Mike & Bret King, sister Sami King, & mother Margaret King along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends too large to list.
A celebration of Tyler's life will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Deming Log Show Grounds, 3295 Cedarville Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226.
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