SPOKANE – Theodore Edward "Ted" Maki died peacefully in Spokane on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, with Dawn, his beloved wife of almost 40 years, at his side and his faithful dog, Coco, at his feet. Born in Yakima, Washington, Ted graduated from West Valley High School in 1970. In 1974 Ted met the love of his live, Dawn Twedt, and the two were married in Ted’s hometown of Yakima on Aug. 8, 1975. After living in several cities in the Western U.S., Ted and Dawn eventually found their way to Missoula in 1984 and fell in love with the Garden City.

Always known as a hard worker, Ted found a home at Sirco Manufacturing, where his co-workers loved and supported him through his first battle with cancer and subsequent bone marrow transplant at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. That bout with cancer started a series of health issues 20 years later in which Ted survived another bout with cancer, two strokes, a heart attack, being hit with a bowling ball while driving a semi-truck, and three mechanical hearts.

The Maki “man of steel” was as tough as they come, but had a soft, gentle side as well. Ted was a loyal friend to many, a loving father to his two sons Jason and Josh, and devoted husband to Dawn. But his favorite title of all was doting grandpa to Ashley, Jordan and Montana. Ted loved to laugh and he charmed everyone he came into contact with. He was a golfer, fisherman, and lover of his Seattle Mariners, Seahawks and Montana Grizzlies. Ted loved the outdoors, watching sports, and hustling his friends and family on any nearby pool table. Ted lived his life to the fullest, and always brought a smile to people’s faces whenever they saw him. 

He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family. He is survived by his siblings, Andy and Judy; his wife Dawn; his sons, Jason and Joshua; his grandchildren, Ashley, Jordan and Montana.

There will be a brief graveside service Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Missoula City cemetery at 11 a.m., and a celebration of Ted’s life following at noon at Orchard Homes Community Center, where people are asked to bring their fond memories of Ted, dress casually (as Ted would want it), and extra bonus points will be given for anyone wearing Seahawks, Mariners or Griz gear!

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