Robert I. Jetland died on Sept. 15, surrounded by his family and friends. “Bob” was born on April 8, 1916 in Duluth, Minn. Mr. Jetland was proud that he was able to live a full life, residing in his Mercer Island home until the age of 92, with the help of generous caregivers.
Mr. Jetland was a family man, a loving spouse and father of four wonderful children.
In 1942, Mr. Jetland was drafted into the United States Army at Fort Snelling, Minn. After retiring as a colonel with 28 years of military service in 1969, Mr. Jetland moved to Seattle to join Harborview Medical Center, where he helped found Medic 1, as well as modernize Harborview to a level 1 trauma center and burn unit. He retired as the CEO Administrator of Harborview Medical Center in 1985 after 16 years of service.
Mr. Jetland’s wife, Bernice, and son, Bill, preceded him in death in 1990. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara, of Kansas City, whose children, Jodie and Brian, have blessed him with three wonderful great-grandchildren: Gavin, Annie and Jackson. He is also survived by his son, Bob, who resides with his wife, Elsa, in Del Mar, Calif., and daughter, Beverly, who resides in Auburn, Wash., with her husband, Dan, and children, Heather and Derik.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue Way in Bellevue, with a reception to follow. Burial to take place in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Remembrances are suggested to the Medic One Foundation, 525 9th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.