Eric W. Hoyte

Eric W. Hoyte entered into rest peacefully March 14, 2018 at age 90.

He was born Oct. 10, 1927 in England and at age 2 his family moved to China where his father was a missionary doctor.

During World War II he and his siblings were in a boarding school and were interned by the Japanese for 3 1/2 years. After the war the family returned to England where he studied architecture at the University of London and later took a master’s degree in landscape architecture at Harvard University. He set off in his new car for California and got a job in San Francisco. He then met his future wife Virginia on the ski slopes and they got married in 1958.

Soon after moving to Seattle, Eric became the landscape architect at the University of Washington for 27 years. His legacy includes the planting of the iconic cherry trees in the quad where the blossoms enhance the beauty of the campus every spring.

He is survived by his wife Virginia their three children, Roland, Helena and Derek, and grandchildren Chris, Dustin, Natalie, Nick, Kyle and Yoran.

Eric and Virginia moved to Bainbridge Island in 1994 and have been part of a close community ever since. He became a master of ceramics and his specialty was raku.

He will be dearly missed by his close family and by his siblings, Rupert, Mary, John and Elizabeth.

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