Celebration: Mukilteo man hits century mark
Last updated 2/9/2022 at 12:23pm
Monday, Jan. 24, was a big day for the Lindsay family.
In fact, you could say it was a hundred years in the making.
Wilson Lindsay – husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather – celebrated a milestone birthday – 100 years.
Lindsay, a resident of Harbour Pointe Senior Living, enjoyed a special meal, along with a slice of his 100th year birthday cake. He then took a trip down memory lane thanks to the staff at Harbour Pointe, who put together a photo collage of various stages of his life on a large poster board.
"He's really doing pretty good," said his son Martin Lindsey, 62. "He's well aware he's getting older. He knows there are more days behind him than in front of him."
Wilson does his best to stay as active as possible at the Mukilteo assisted living facility, where he's lived for the last six years.
"He's involved in the exercise programs. They are trying to help him with his balance," Martin said. "He uses a walker and a wheelchair to get around."
Martin has fond memories of growing up with his father and mother Wanda, who lives in a nearby adult family house. Martin and Wanda, 96, have been married 78 years.
"He was always very helpful around the house," Martin said. "He taught me how to change wheels and tires. We changed an old engine on one of his cars. He liked to do woodworking."
Up until his late 80s, Wilson also liked to bowl with his friends.
In addition to staying active, Wilson's genes likely played a role in his longevity. His mother almost made it to 101, while his father lived into his 80s.
"He's got some good genes," Martin said.
"He's lucky that he's more or less kept his wits about him."
Wilson was born in Indian Valley, Idaho, and grew up in Weiser, Idaho. He moved to Bellingham when he was 14. He worked at a car dealership in Bellingham until moving to Seattle to work for Boeing in 1941. He retired from Boeing in 1984.
"He was a manager of fiberglass and special projects," Martin said. "He built display cases."
Wilson and Wanda lived most of their life in Wedgewood. He served in two different branches of the military – army and air force.
Martin's older brother, Wilson (Butch) Lindsay, 76, lives in California. Wilson has two grandchildren – Craig Lindsay and Michele Lindsay Hunter– and three great-grandchildren – Luna, Lindsay, and Kelsey.