Arthur David Almgren|
Arthur David Almgren, aged 84, slipped away peacefully on Monday, April 22, 2013 at his home in Hansville, WA while in the loving company of family and friends. A graduate of the University of Washington (BA) and the University of Oregon (MA), Art retired as the head of the English Department of McClure Junior High School in Seattle in 1984. He began his career at Jane Addams Junior High School, and also taught at Louisa Boren Junior High School. Prior to his 26 year teaching career with the Seattle School District, Art had served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a part of the U.S. occupation forces on Okinawa in 1946, and then earned his Aircraft and Engine Mechanic License in Arlington, WA. He then moved to Bethel, Alaska and worked for Wein Air Alaska. During his teaching years, Art and his business partner Aukie Weldon owned and operated Precision Casting of Seattle. It can justly be said that Art could, depending on preferences of the company present, either extemporaneously recite a Shakespeare Sonnet or swap out a Pratt and Whitney R 2800 on a DC 3 - he truly was a Renaissance Man. Art and his life-long friend, the late William Myers, were life members of Seattle's Tyee Yacht Club and spent decades of summers cruising their MV S'Gehts from the American San Juans to Desolation Sound. Although the 53' S'Gehts was their last and most loved boat, there were other vessels Art and Willy owned and lived aboard during the years they taught in Seattle's public schools -a retired ferryboat (the City of Steilacoom), a decommissioned minesweeper (the Emerson), and a salty wooden ketch named the Otaheite. Although our Uncle David (aka Digger) and Uncle Willy did not have children of their own, they left their nephews and nieces with countless precious memories of boats, dock parties, hot dogs, root beer and being totally spoiled by two uncles with a mostly laissez faire orientation toward parenting. In later years, as nieces and nephews married, Uncle David and Uncle Willy took equal joy in similarly indulging the great-nephews and nieces that followed.
Art leaves his sister and caregiver Desta Taylor, her children Marian, Steven and Jay Taylor, and the children of his late brother Peter Almgren (Peter Eric Almgren (Diane), Gunnar Almgren (Linda), and Tina Livingston (Bob)). He is also survived by his sister-in-law Alice Almgren in addition to many great-nieces and nephews and extended family in Canada. The family wishes also to acknowledge and express our profound gratitude to dear friend and caregiver Vicki Havellana, the caring neighbors and friends of the Driftwood Key community, the staff of Martha & Mary Care for Children and Seniors in Kitsap County (Craig, John, Jennifer, Robert and Steven), and Hospice of Kitsap County. Remembrances may be made to Kitsap County Hospice Foundation or the
Friends and family are invited to call May 5th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Art's home.
Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2013