Ralph Baldwin III

Ralph H. Baldwin III died at home in Tacoma on Feb. 12, 2016.

He was born June 24, 1943, in Washington, D.C., to the late Ralph H. and Margaret E. Baldwin and spent most of his childhood in Spokane, Wash., where he attended Gonzaga Prep and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1961. He graduated in 1966 from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. At WSU, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and was active in campus life. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served as a pilot during the Vietnam War. He left active service as a captain in 1972 and later joined the Army Reserves, from which he was honorably discharged in 1990. In 1976, he graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law with a juris doctor degree. He was an attorney and judge pro tempore in Tacoma and Pierce County and an instructor of business law at local community colleges.

He is survived by companion Alisa Scott; daughter Peggy (Mike); son Stephen; siblings Diane Page, Buzz Baldwin and Patricia Baldwin-Rataezyk; and two grandsons.

A celebration of his life is planned for 2 p.m. Friday, March 18, at the Tacoma Yacht Club.

Arrangements are by Edwards Memorial Funeral and Cremation Services.

Remembrances and messages may be left at www.edwardsmemorial.com.