Francis Mainard Skidmore – Obituary

Francis Mainard Skidmore, 95, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 21, 2016 at Aegis of Lynnwood in Lynnwood, Washington. He was born May 5, 1921 in Seattle, WA to Mainard and Catherine (Woods) Skidmore. He had a long career as a fire fighter, based at the Fire Department Headquarters in Seattle. He was the driver for Chief Vickery in the 1960s. “Skid,” as he was known, was also a veteran of WWII and the Korean War, spending the majority of his service in the Aleutian Islands as a radioman in the Coast Guard and the Navy. He graduated from Queen Anne High School and spent one year at the UW before enlisting in the Coast Guard in 1942.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mary; his daughter Melodie Baker (James) of Seattle; son Maynard Skidmore (Catherine) of San Diego, Calif., and granddaughters: Marilyn Baker of Renton, Wash., Shelley Self (Doug) of Las Vegas, NV, Laura Lemons (David) of Vancouver, Wash. and Gayle Skidmore-Teeuwen (Rob) of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, as well as two great-grandsons: Daniel and William Lemons.

A memorial service is being planned for Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Community Church on Lopez Island where Francis and his wife have lived for the past eight years. Skid was an active member of the Lions Club there for over 25 years.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel in Anacortes, Wash., and the San Juan Islands. In lieu of flowers, please donate to “LICC Missions” of the Lopez Island Community Church. To share memories of Skid please sign the online guest register at