Rev. Arthur Dean Wilmot

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In loving memory of the Reverend Arthur Dean Wilmot, 75, who died at home in Oregon after a lengthy and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. His loving wife, Heather (Stevens) Wilmot, was at his side.

Art was born in Port Angeles, the only child of Dean Arthur and Evelyn Cecil (Getty) Wilmot. He spent his early childhood in Port Angeles, where his love of golf began while caddying for his father at the Peninsula Golf Course.

The family moved to a home on the Cedar River in Maple Valley, where his passion for fly-fishing developed.

Art graduated from Seattle's Franklin High School and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in 1959.

He married Jean Kroenlein, mother of his children, in 1956. He received a Bachelor of Divinity from Tufts University in 1962.

Art served the Chico, California, Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship, 1962-1968, and First Unitarian Church of Victoria in Canada from 1968-1971.

In 1971, Art and his first wife divorced. He left church ministry to be a counselor, serving those with addiction(s). He moved with his children to London, Ontario, Canada, where he did family counseling and then crisis counseling with the London Police Department.

He met and married his wife, Heather Stevens, in 1975.

In 1979, Art accepted a one-year call as minister to the UU Fellowship of Corvallis, Oregon, and in 1980 accepted a position with the UU Church of Binghamton, New York. In 1981, he returned as permanent minister to the UU Fellowship of Corvallis, where he served until his retirement in 1996.

He was bestowed the title of Minister Emeritus by the fellowship in recognition and honor of the value he brought to the congregation and larger community.

After his retirement, he returned to the Olympic Peninsula, where he spent many happy hours in the company of his golfing buddies, playing golf, speculating on upcoming games. Although it was his hope to live his last days in Port Angeles near the mountains he loved, Parkinson's became more disabling, and Art returned to Corvallis to be near his son.

Throughout his life, Art was devoted to a belief in the worth and equality of all people, and strove to make this a reality in everyone's life. Active in civil rights, he was involved with the march in Selma, Alabama, and promoting voter registration in Mississippi. Art was particularly honored to meet the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and C.T. Vivian during these efforts.

He fought for equal rights for women and against the arms race. He supported each person's right to seek his/her own truth and actively opposed the hatred underlying anti-Semitism, racism and sexism.

Art was an advocate for peace throughout his lifetime. The world is a better place due to his diligence in these efforts.

Art is survived by his wife of 38 years, Heather; his daughters, Pamela J. Condick and Deana L. McNee, both of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada; and his son, Jon A. (Tiffany) Wilmot of Corvallis. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family is very appreciative of Art's special caregivers, for the support provided by their many fellowship friends and kind neighbors, who lent a hand as needed and offered support on a daily basis over the past several months.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, 2945 Northwest Circle Boulevard, on Sunday, September 15, at 3:30 p.m. The Reverend Jill McAllister will officiate.

Memorial contributions can be made to the .
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Sept. 6, 2013
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