Anthony Pabon II was born on March 6, 1935, and passed away on October 19, 2022, at age 87. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and lived in Puerto Rico, Virginia, Florida, California, and then Washington state. Tony was a choir boy at the Episcopal Church and enjoyed playing the game of chess at a young age. He played Bobby Fisher blindfolded, and in 2011, he won US Senior Open Chess Championship over the age of 74. He was active in Theater and dance. His passion was travel, chess, mathematics, physics, and astronomy.
Tony served in the Army in Okinawa, Japan. Then he went on to receive a degree as an Astrophysicist. He taught college mathematics, physics, and astronomy and was a director of several planetariums. Tony especially enjoyed presenting a variety of planetarium shows, of which many he wrote and produced himself. In addition, he won several awards for his shows.
After retirement, he enjoyed traveling the world, learning, and seeing new things. Tony liked watching movies such as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Carousel,” and “The Sound of Music.” Also, he enjoyed going to the ballet and watching “The Nutcracker.” He had a full life. In his final days, he traveled through northwestern Washington state, watched the blessing of the fleet in Gig Harbor, visited gardens, the zoo, and the ocean, and enjoyed the lavender fields in Sequim while eating his favorite foods, such as French vanilla ice cream and key lime pie. He wished to be buried on Olympus Mons, on Mars, but for now, he will be buried by the ocean under the stars at Oceanview Cemetery in Port Angeles, Washington.
Tony was preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his sister, two sons, three daughters, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a nephew, and two nieces. Tony was outgoing, enthusiastic about life, loving, grateful, and kind. His spirit stays in our hearts forever. With every star twinkling, sunrise and sunset, asteroid, comet, moon phase, and eclipse, he will be remembered knowing now he has a closer view of the stars from heaven.