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On February 9, 2013, Calvin Kinney passed away surrounded by family and love. He was a wonderful man with a generous heart who would do anything, for anybody.
Calvin L. Kinney
Cal was born October 4, 1931 in Fairfield, Ill. He graduated high school in 1949 and joined the United States Air Force. While in the USAF he was trained as a radar operator. Upon discharge in 1954, he attended Western Washington College of Education (WWU) graduating in 1957 with a BA in accounting. In 1952 Cal met the love of his life, Patricia Flood. On August 1, 1953 they were married and began their 59 year adventure.
Cal began his career as a Ford man working at Breidford Ford in Blaine, starting as a lubrication specialist and working his way up to finance manager. In 1958 Cal and Trish left Blaine for West Seattle where he worked at Westside Ford as finance manager. In 1971 they bought Near Ford in Arlington which became Cal Kinney's Arlington Ford. After a successful career as a Ford Dealer, he sold his business in 1983. Later that year he became the general manager at Gearhart Ford in Burlington. In 1987 Cal finally retired to dedicate all of his time to community service, volunteer work, and family.
Cal was a tireless volunteer, a dedicated community servant and a staunch supporter of the Arlington Public Schools. He spent six years on the Arlington School Board and many years working on levy campaign committees. Cal volunteered for the City of Arlington and was recognized numerous times for his service. He spent 20 years on the Arlington Airport Commission. In 1990 Cal chaired the capital fund committee to build the current Arlington Boys and Girls Club. Beginning in 1995 he worked on every Boys and Girls Club annual auction; raising money for the club became his passion. He spent 6 years on the Snohomish County Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors and held a position on their Executive Committee.
Over the years Cal received countless awards and honors. As a young businessman in West Seattle he was recognized for his volunteer efforts as part of a service organization called Hi-Yu. He was recognized by the Snohomish County Boys and Girls Club as Volunteer of the Year in 1991 and 1998. In 2001 he was again recognized for his service to the Arlington Boys and Girls Club with the naming of Cal Kinney Field. In 2003, The Mason's Arlington Lodge named Cal the Howard A. Christianson Outstanding Citizen of the Year. This award was particularly special because Howard was his dear friend. Later in that same year, Cal was selected by the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce to be the Grand Marshall of the Arlington Fourth of July Parade.
Cal loved to golf, fundraise, collect toys and coins and take care of his house and yard. He and Trish enjoyed their years at the beach house on Lummi Island. In the early mornings he could always be found walking the beach looking for cool shells to give to his grandkids. His favorite hobby was caring for his family; he was their rock and his absence will be profoundly felt.
Cal was preceded in death by his younger brother, Samuel Kinney.
Cal leaves his wife, Trish; four children: Karol, Bill (Sharon), Margaret (Joe), and Michael (Lori). Cal adored his ten grandchildren: Brittany (Marshall), Matthew, Emma, Aimie, Nathan, Kaylee, Patricia, Caroline, Jackson, Logan; and great-grandson, Lucas. Cal also leaves four siblings: brother, Delouse; sisters, Gussie, Kathryn and Ellen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Church in Arlington at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Arlington Boys and Girls Club Capital Campaign Fund.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2013