I have known Tim for more than 30 years. He was a friend and mentor. He taught me a lot about the practice of law, and we had a lot of fun together. When I worked with Tim in the Attorney General's Office, he was primarily an appellate lawyer, handling cases at the U.S. Supreme Court and the Washington Supreme Court. We handled a number of cases together, but the one that stands out is the National Can litigation. A bit of background. Washington's main business tax is a gross receipts tax—the B&O tax. West Virginia also imposed a B&O tax, and in 1984 the U.S. Supreme Court held that West Virginia's B&O tax violated the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. In December of 1984 the Department of Revenue received hundreds of refund claims based on the West Virginia case. Between 1985 and 1989 related National Can cases were argued once at the U.S. Supreme Court and three times at the Washington Supreme Court. The National Can Litigation was worth about One Billion dollars (that's Billion with a B). In the end we won and the state paid very little in tax refunds. Four lawyers worked on the case: Tim, Lee Johnson, Ed Mackie, and me. We joked that we were the A Team after a TV show from the 1970s. The team included a leader, a crazy man, a con man, and the enforcer—played by Mr. T, a large man with a Mohawk haircut, who beat the crap out of the bad guys. Of course in law its brain power not muscle power that counts. So Tim was our “Mr. T” (R. Malone). He was the intellectual leader of the group and he was an expert in the complex constitutional law that was involved. Tim had the ability to work his way down to the heart of a complex legal issue, and he also had the ability to think outside the box and come up with new and innovative arguments. In addition to his analytical skill, Tim was an excellent writer. Without Tim's skill and knowledge the state would have lost the National Can litigation, with disastrous consequences. Tim's legal skills were such that he could have made a fortune in private practice. Instead he spent his career as a public servant. And all the citizens of the state were better off for it. I will miss Tim.
Karen, We are so sadden to learn of Tim.
Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Bonnie and Konrad Muench
Ocean Park, Wa
Tim was a dear man, a brilliant legal mind, and a good friend for many years. We will miss him very much.
We still cherish memories of Karen and Tim's short visit to Malaysia. It was our great priviledge to have known him. Tim will be missed by many.
Our sincere condolences.
Zerina & Dragan Medarevic
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
My deepest sympathy to you Karen on the passing of Tim. I will keep you in my prayers.
I worked at the AG's office at the time Tim worked there. I was a young Evergreen journalism intern working as editor and PIO of the state-wide Crime Watch program. Besides journalism, my passion was the environment and protecting everything in it. It was a time when tree huggers were the strange and rare breed, but if it had been physically possible, I would have been a whale hugger. Tim was my hero for the work he did as an assistant AG ending the live capture of orca whales for zoos and aquariums. He was a good man with a good soul and a kind heart. You're in the arms of the angels. Julia McLaughlin
Tim and I clicked immediately as we were both former seminarians and we were involved in the politics of Olympia in one way or another. I was in the "Sem" for seven years, not sure about how long was Tim. While he was always 12 years older than I, our "seminary" stories we always shared involved the same faculty and rules and silly grins that only we understood. Rest in peace, Timothy.
Mike Murphy, Retired Washington State Treasurer
I was greatly saddened to hear that Tim has passed away. My heart felt condolences to his wife, Senator Karen Fraser and their family.
My deepest sympathy to you, Karen, and to your family. You, Tim, and all your family are in my prayers. Zula Johnston
Tim was like a member of our family, as is Karen. In particular, Denise practically grew up around him, having knowing Tim since junior high and having had him present at all the major occasions in her life. He was a cherished mentor for her as she made her way to law school to ultimately become an attorney. He leaves behind a number of wonderful memories for us, such as his brilliant arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court (which Denise was privileged to have been invited to), his love of Cuban black beans which we enjoyed preparing for him, and his deep faith as evidenced not only by his acts, but by the intellectual conversations he would have with Ruben on theological matters.
He was always there for us when we needed an opinion, a recommendation or an explanation. He was a person who was always willing to help you in whatever way he could. He will forever be in our hearts and minds.
Mary and Denise Marti
I really enjoyed visiting with Tim at Kiwanis. He was a true gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with Senator Fraser and the family.
I very much enjoyed knowing Tim and he will be greatly missed. My best to Karen and family.
Tim was one of my favorite people. He helped me through my first year as a young AAG. Our offices were next to each other and I grew to appreciate his great and brilliant mind, and wonderful personality. Although I haven't seen him for awhile, I will miss him.