September 4, 1941 – January 16, 2019
Lee Dennis Roys, of Forks, passed away in his home on January 16, 2019. Lee was born in Seattle on September 4, 1941, to
Harold and Lissette Roys. He grew up an avid fisherman and sailor and spent much of his childhood on or near the water. He graduated from Ballard High School in 1959.
In his twenties, he joined the Army. He served as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. After the war, he returned home and married his wife, Marilyn, in 1969. They settled in Forks in the early 1970s when Lee got a job flying helicopters for the Forest Service.
They raised their three children there. Lee truly loved flying and was known to pilot just about anything that had wings. He was a log truck driver for many years as well as serving in the Air Force Reserve during the Persian Gulf War. He retired from the Air Force, in 1994, after a heart attack at age 52. He never flew again.
Lee is survived by his mother, Lissette Roys; sister, Lynn (Randy Hutchins) Johnston; nieces, Lori Johnston and Dana (Josh) Marsh; children, Deb (Toby) Johnson; David (Laura) Roys; Rachel (Josh) Sheets; and his 6 grandchildren.
Lee will be remembered for his wit, his generosity, and his laughter. Thanks for all the fun times Dad.