Obituary of Terrence Egan
Expert wild land firefighter, adventurous military officer, and nationally-recognized public servant, Dr. Terrence M. Egan was born in Vancouver, British Columbia to James Kevin and Regina Pauline Egan on February 19, 1946. Five years later he migrated with his family to the Seattle area where he attended St. Catherine’s Primary and Blanchet High Schools.
After completing his freshman year at the University of Portland, Oregon, Terry became an elite U.S. Forest Service Smokejumper when he completed training at Siskiyou Smokejumper Base in Cave Junction, Oregon. This was his dream summer job during college where he fought fires in Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and California, logging many difficult and dangerous jumps under the guidance of legendary Project Air Officer, Delos Dutton.
In 1968, Terry received his Bachelor of Arts degree from UP and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Over the next 20 years of active service, Terry held a variety of command and staff assignments in the United States, Taiwan, and the West Indies, retiring in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel. During his career he earned his jump wings at Fort Benning, was commander of Grand Bahama Auxiliary Airfield, and led the rescue of eleven members of a British youth expedition who were lost on Volcan Hudson in Chilean Patagonia.
In the next phase of his professional life, Terry began a state career in 1990 as the Maintenance Training Program Manager for Washington State Department of Transportation, concurrently earning his Doctorate in Education from Seattle University in 1994. In 1997, he became the Planning, Exercise, Education and Training Unit Manager for Washington State Emergency Management Division where he because a nationally-recognized expert in mutual aid systems for state and local emergency management organizations. For example, he led the team that wrote the national, model legislation that became Washington State’s intra-state mutual aid system while holding leadership positions in both national and international mutual aid compacts.
Terry was proud of his Canadian birth and Irish heritage. He was active in the National Smokejumper Association and the American Legion and enjoyed fishing the salt waters of the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Egan is survived by his beloved wife, Ginny; her children, John, Michael, and Sarah; brothers, Ray and Don; sister, Elaine; and cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Services will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Chapel, 7112 S 12th St, Tacoma, WA at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Guestbook at www.newtacoma.com.