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Gregory James Manion

March 12, 1962 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 61) 61 Years Old

Gregory Manion Obituary

Gregory James Manion was born March 12, 1962 in Rochester, New York to Joan & Tom Manion. Greg was number 6 in what eventually became the 9 Manion kids. He was the youngest boy and always the class clown. He lived in Rochester until the whole family transferred to Arlington, Texas where he grew up playing baseball, writing for the school paper, and starring in the ‘Tonight Show’ in high school. Greg graduated in 1980 from Lamar High School. He worked at 6 Flags Over Texas as a puppeteer under John Harding Productions that eventually took him to California’s 6 Flags Magic Mountain. While in California, Greg earned his BA in Philosophy at the University of Southern California. He then moved on to do puppeteering and special effects with Stan Winston Studios in such movies as Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, The Abyss, and The Santa Clause 3, to name a few. In 1993, Greg experienced his first heart transplant after an illness had left his heart too damaged to go on. He was given a new lease on life and continued to pursue his life in show business all the while working at Trader Joe’s where they became a second family to him. Greg remained active with his new heart. He taught sailing for many years, hiked Mount Rainier with his 2 older brothers, loved cooking, and genuinely enjoyed life. Greg decided to leave sunny California to Seattle, Washington in 2009 and a few years later met his wife Anisa and the two were married in Hawaii on February 2, 2012. They continued their active lifestyle hiking, biking, cooking, hanging out with their neighbors, and traveling together, especially back to Hawaii for Anisa’s birthday and their anniversary. Greg celebrated his 30th Transplantaversary on August 4, 2023. He always celebrated it as his second birthday. He was a medical marvel and was our superman.

Anisa, with her nursing skills, kept a watchful eye on Greg over the years, even as he recently fell ill and was in line for another heart and kidney transplant. Unfortunately, his body could no longer hold out; during his 2nd transplant, Greg passed away on January 5th, 2024. He was 61 years young.

The family would like to thank all the doctors for their unwavering support and encouragement that Greg could do this! You gave him the gift of hope until the end. The transplant teams and his incredible nursing team at the University of Washington Medical Center were amazing in everything way.  Your outstanding care helped lift Greg up the last month of his life, through his last holidays, decorating his room for Christmas…what you do matters and we cannot say thank you enough.

Greg was preceded in death by his parents, Tom & Joan Manion, his stepmom, Pat Manion and his big sis and brother-in-law, Mary Jean & David MacKenzie. He is survived by his wife of 11 years…Anisa Anne Manion, 7 siblings Jerry Manion, Barb Manion, Tim Manion, Patrick Manion, Lisa (& Joe) Ross, Peggy (& Steve) Alloy, Nancy (&Bill) Blinn. Nieces & Nephews: Heather (& Andy) Swift, Abby Greer, Meaghan (& James) Rolfe, Leah & Kara Alloy, Nathan Cline & Christian Ross, Emma Blinn, Christopher & Natalie Manion and great nieces and nephews: Jackson, Harrison, Anderson, Sarah Greer, Violet & Scarlet Rolfe, Connor & Logan Cline, his Aunt Mary Jean Gutberlet, the Gutberlet, Manion, Kelly, and Klein cousins from coast to coast and lastly his beloved kitties, Bux & Percy.

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