Robert “Bob” Condit #2851 passed away on March 2, 2021 at the age of 79. There will not be a memorial service.
Bob was born in Honolulu, Hawaii (territory of the United States) because it would not become a state until 1959. His date of birth was two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
He joined the department for the first time on February 13, 1968. It must have been a Friday the 13th because when he went home after day one of orientation, he found out he was drafted. So the next day he resigned and got his affairs in order to be a 26-year-old inductee. Bob thought or hoped, selective Service had missed him, but no, it was just slow getting around to him.
After two years in the Army, he returned to the department. He passed the background and was assigned to the six-month Academy at the police range. His academy mates were mostly former SPD cadets. The cadet program was just abrogated after more than 10 very successful years which produced great officers, sergeants, and lieutenants.
Bob worked patrol his entire career mainly in the north precinct. One incident that truly troubled him over the years occurred in the mid-1970s. He on-viewed a traffic violation committed by the serial killer Ted Bundy. At this time, society was unaware of Bundy’s murderous behavior. So after pulling him over Bob wrote him a ticket. Bob always wondered if he had known who Bundy was or would turn out to be and had legal grounds to search the car then maybe the murders could have been interrupted early.
In the 1990’s Bob drove the wagon and the new mobile precinct. Then he became the second watch clerk during his closing years on the job. He ran a tight front desk operation. Some precinct captains thought he may have even run the entire watch.
Bob retired after 34 years for service, on July 21, 2005. During his career he was known for his great sense of humor and congeniality. He never allowed frustrating and negative incidents to ruin his workday or his home life.
For the first 10 years of retirement Bob and Diane lived in Bellingham. In late 2015, they moved back to Seattle to be close to their five adult children, two daughters Megan and Jennifer and three sons Brian, Bradley and Michael.