Nicolas (Nic) Chapman
Captain
Nov 27, 2009


Born August 28, 1931, Nicolas Edward Chapman passed away on the morning of November 27, 2009 at home with loved ones due to complications from his 18 year battle with Parkinson's Disease. Nick is survived by his wife - Shirley, his son - Nick Jr., his daughter - Kathleen, his grand-daughter - Emma, his brother - Dr. John Chapman, step-children - Sarah, Leah, and Nathan, and his step-grandson - Austin. Nick graduated from Stadium High School, Tacoma in 1949. After he graduated from the University of Washington, Nick joined the Navy where he flew Cougars and Panthers from aircraft carriers during the progression of the Korean War. Following the Navy, Nick flew for West Coast airlines and eventually retired from Northwest Airlines. Nick was an avid wood-worker; his mechanical skills led him to crafting a harpsichord and building his own sailboat and amphibious plane. His love of Mt. Rainier and the Puget Sound brought him back to the northwest, all though he traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. The place which was always Nick's home was at his family's beach place at Rocky Bay. While living his life quietly, Nick's shy sense of humor and quick-mind will be cherished by friends and family. Nick will be interred on Thursday, December 3rd at 10:30 AM at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th Street, Kent, WA 98042, with military honors. Followed by a memorial service at Christ's Church in Federal Way at 2 PM.