Dec./Jan. 2023 > In Remembrance

This In Remembrance section lists WSBA members by Bar number and date of death. The list is not complete and contains only those notices of which the WSBA has learned through correspondence from members. When available, obituaries are linked below.

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WSBA Director of Legislative Affairs, 1979-2001

John S. Fattorini Jr.

#955, 8/22/2022

John Stephen Fattorini Jr. was born on Dec. 1, 1942, in Seattle to his parents John and Mary (Pugel) Fattorini. He graduated from Bishop Blanchet High School in 1960 and earned his bachelor’s degree in history with a focus on Latin America from Seattle University in 1964. He graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law with a J.D. in 1968. Throughout his legal career, Fattorini held a series of roles, including attorney with the firm Shidler, McBroom and Gates; assistant director of legal services and later acting director for the Office of Economic Opportunity; general counsel for the Republican Caucus; and finally director of legislative affairs with the Washington State Bar Association from 1979 until his retirement in 2001. Later in life, Fattorini enjoyed taking walks, having lunch at O’Blarney’s Irish Pub with his closest friends, hearing stories about his grandsons, and rooting for many Washington sports teams—especially the Gonzaga men’s basketball team. Fattorini died on Aug. 22, 2022, and is survived by his daughter, Lorajane Kessler; two grandsons, Nathan and Max Kessler; his sister, Marianne Fattorini Goff; three nieces, Maria, Diana, and Krista Goff; one nephew, Thomas Goff Jr.; and five grandnieces.