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A public funeral service to honor the life of Sgt. William Stacey will be held at the University of Washington’s Meany Hall at 4 p.m., Saturday.

Stacey, 23, a graduate of Roosevelt High School, was killed by a roadside bomb Jan. 31 while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan.

He was the son of Bob Stacey, interim dean of the UW’s College of Arts & Sciences, and UW history professor Robin Stacey.

“We have been both moved and astonished at the national reaction to Will’s life and death, and by the enormous number of people he touched in his short life and the depth of feeling he inspired in them,” Robin Stacey said. “I can’t tell you how many people — of all ages and walks of life — have gone out of their way to talk about the ways in which knowing him changed how they will now pursue their own lives and commitments.”

Directions and parking information for Meany Hall can be found here. Doors will open at 3:15 p.m.

Robin Stacey said that because her son loved kids, and loved baseball, donations in his name can be sent to: Roosevelt-University-Greenlake Little League, Attn: Will Stacey Memorial Fund, 9594 1st Ave. N. E., No. 122, Seattle 98115.

The mother said her son wished to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, and expects that ceremony will take place in mid-March.

After the service, an informal reception will follow in the lobby of Meany Hall.

Seattle Times staff reporter Katherine Long contributed to this post.