Dwight Lee Bostwick
April 29, 1935 ~ May 25, 2014
Dr. Dwight Lee Bostwick, 79, passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at his home in East Wenatchee, surrounded by his loving family. Dwight was born in Cashmere, WA on April 29, 1935, to Charles “Red” and Hazel Bostwick. He grew up in Cashmere with his parents and sister, Patricia. He was a hard worker from an early age. At eight years old, he started his own shoe-shine business. He later had a paper route, picked fruit, worked at a service station, and was a lumberman. He enjoyed many hobbies and sports growing up, including football, where he earned the nickname, “Spike”, baseball, basketball and track. As a senior in high school, he was the student body President. He had many high school friends, some of which he continued to stay in touch with until his passing. After graduating from Cashmere High School in 1953, he attended Wenatchee Junior College and went on to get his Doctor of Optometry Degree in 1961 from Pacific University in Portland, OR.
Dwight married Louise Fischer in October of 1955, and together they had five children, LeeAnn, Lynn, Kevin, Braden, and Brett. Their favorite family times together include vacations to Birch Bay, trips to A&W for rootbeer floats, sledding trips, fishing trips, and playing cribbage together. He was such a calm and patient teacher. Dwight’s first job as an optometrist was at Sears Optical in Spokane. He soon moved to Yakima, where he was a partner in an optometry business for many years. In 1980, he moved back to the Wenatchee Valley with his family, where he started his own optometry business, “For Your Eyes Only”, opening practices in Cashmere and Wenatchee. In 1998, he married Donna Kay Holly. Together, they had many memorable trips to Mexico, Las Vegas, Arizona, Alaska and a very special trip to Disneyland with his grandchildren. He loved his work and being with his patients every day. We never tire of hearing how caring and patient he was and his willingness to help those less fortunate. He continued practicing optometry until the age of 77.
Dwight was a member and past President of the Cashmere Lion’s Club, and a member of the American Optometric Association. He was proud of his nine grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Dwight was an expert story teller, particularly stories about the cars of his youth, fishing with his mother and children, and how to grow award winning tomatoes. He loved horse racing and most endearing, he loved to dance. He also was a very good cook. He adored his special friends, Don Pepin, Devona and Gary Sehorn, and Annie Hall. The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude for their kindness and friendship. Dwight loved people and was a cherished member of the Cashmere and Wenatchee communities.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin; his wife, Kay; his sister, Pat Horner; and his parents, Red and Hazel Bostwick. He is survived by his children, LeeAnn (Joe) Greiner, Lynn (Rick) Laurent, Braden (Janice) Bostwick and Brett Bostwick; his grandchildren, Moleena (Shane) Harris, Marty Greiner, Nicholas Laurent, Shannon (Nick) Walker, Brenna (Nate) Carlile, Chad (McKenzie) Bostwick, Drew Bostwick, Taylor Bostwick and Adam Bostwick; and ten great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Celebration will be held Monday, June 9, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cashmere Presbyterian Church, 303 Maple Street, Cashmere, WA. A lunch reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cancer Care of N.C.W and/or Seattle Children’s Hospital.