In memory of
Martin Patrick Dyer
Martin Patrick Dyer Martin P. (Pat) Dyer died Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in Seattle. Mr. Dyer was a father, a partner, a friend & Vice President and General Counsel for Noble House Hotels and Resorts. He died after a short illness and complications from cancer. "Pat Dyer was an aggressive, driven, and fair competitor at everything that he did, from midget speed skating in fourth grade to negotiating a deal for his company. He had great wit and humor, a quick and insightful mind," said lifelong friend, Jim Thompson. Mr. Dyer was born in 1943 in Chicago. He attended public schools in the city and suburbs and played varsity baseball and football. He graduated from the University of Illinois and continued there to earn a law degree. He began his career as a criminal prosecutor in Illinois then moved to private practice in real estate in northern Wisconsin. He moved on to larger operations in real estate in Nevada and California and then joined Noble House in Kirkland Washington for the past twenty-one years. He served on the board of directors and as a key operating executive involved in properties management and acquisitions. "Pat was perfect for the hospitality business," said Noble House CEO, Jake Donoghue. "He had a charming swagger and confidence that you could feel whenever he entered the room. But his focus was always making sure people around him were having a good time." That genuine charisma won him lasting friendships and followers throughout his life. People just wanted to be around him and to be doing what he was doing. A natural athlete, he was a varsity standout in baseball and football and during summers starred as a champion water ski jumper and was part of the nationally renowned Min-Aqua Bats. After college, in the late 60's, he further pushed his athletic abilities, talking his way into tryouts with several NFL teams, where he finally became convinced he was a better lawyer than linebacker. It was his love of sports that drove a special connection to the greatest love of his life, his two children, Heather and Max. His unwavering attention and encouragement helped shape his daughter into a soccer star competing at an international level. And it was through Max's love of golf that Pat connected him with the discipline of performance and control. When not participating, the three bonded around the alternating fortunes and failures of the Seahawks and Mariners. In a life with so many bright facets it was the role as the proud father of his two children, to whom he could become a teacher and a friend. Pat is survived by his life partner Merilee Chinn; Heather, her partner Chris Brown; Max and his partner, Lauren Naismith. Mr. Dyer also maintained a continuing close friendship with two ex-wives, both, coincidentally, named Sue Kirk. His life was filled with interesting stories. A celebration of Pat's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers or gifts, his family would prefer a donation be made to The Goodtimes Project ( www.thegoodtimesproject.org ) to honor Pat.
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