Martin Eric “Bear” Bearscove died unexpectedly but peacefully in his
sleep in Spanaway, Washington on June 22, 2019, at the age of
74. Eric is survived by his wife Pamela, his children, Jon (wife, Joy)
of Burien, Washington, Ruth Orozco, (husband, Simon) of Puyallup,
Washington, and Kristian (wife, Sophia) of Hellam, Pennsylvania, and
his three grandchildren, Sophia and Anneli Orozco, and Theodore
Eric was born on December 24, 1944, in Baltimore, Maryland to
Florenz Inez Johansen and Karl Olaf Bearscove. He felt privileged to
be the son of an Army major, and his childhood was spent in various
places around the world, most memorably in Denmark and Spain.
After returning wounded from his Army service in Vietnam, he married
and had three children. After moving to western Washington to be
nearer to his father, Eric began working for the Renton, Seattle, and
Auburn Police Departments as a police officer, where he became
known for an unusual talent in breaking up bar fights. He retired after
a total police service of twenty-four years.
He married Pamela Lanway in April 2002. His children remember him
as a strong, smart, and humorous father who encouraged them to
strive for independence, and to pursue their goals. He enjoyed
spending time with his grandchildren, and was delighted at the recent
addition of a grandson who would carry on the Bearscove name.
Eric was accomplished at woodworking, archery, and teaching, and
often spent time with youth at the local schools as part of the
community outreach programs of the police departments such as
Hug-a-Tree. He was a dedicated man who loved young people and
who was passionate about teaching them the sport and the safe
handling of guns. He loved spending time with the Boy Scouts of
America teaching Black Powder classes at Scout Camp.
He was known for his love of his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and
would spend a lot of time making his bike shine. Eric loved having the
shiniest bike, but also spent time making sure his home and yard
were the best looking on the block.
He will be laid to rest at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent with
full military honors at 18600 SE 240th St. Kent, WA 98402 at 2:30 pm.
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