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