Max Nelson Peabody Jr.
August 22, 1918 – February 11, 2015
Max Peabody, patriarch to an extended family far outnumbering his immediate children and grandchildren and beneficiary of an extraordinary zest for living, passed away in Sequim, Washington on February 11, 2015 He was 96.
Max grew up in Portland, Oregon where he married the late Jean Long Peabody. He attended the University of Oregon where he
became a lifelong Duck fan.
Drafted in 1943, he served in the Philippines and
occupied Japan receiving a field promotion from Corporal to First Lieutenant.
Alaska exerted an early and irresistible pull on Max. Before the war he and Jean lived in Kodiak.
In 1951 he drove the Alcan Highway to Anchorage with his young family where he worked in the transportation industry.
In the early 1960’s they homesteaded land near Talkeetna, Alaska.
As an outgrowth of his transportation employment, he worked in Saigon in 1967-1968 before moving to Bend, Oregon where he owned the Century West Tap Room.
In 1975 he again went to Alaska where he worked on the Pipeline.
There he met his wife Mary. They subsequently moved to Bandon, Oregon where they owned a clothing store, then Vashon Island, Washington where they ran a Bed and Breakfast.
They retired to Pioneer Square and then, in early 2014, to a house in Sequim.
Max is survived by his wife, Mary Peabody; children Max (Peggy), Amy (Joseph),Richard (Malou), Wim (Angelina) and grandchildren Alison, Megan and Michael Peabody and Logan DeSantis.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jean, sister Betty and son Doug.