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Col. Stanton C. Hutson

Col. Stanton C. Hutson (Ret.)

In Loving Memory

February 19, 1916 - November 25, 2007

A friend wrote eloquently of Stan: "What sorrowful news about your father's passing. It brings contrasting emotions: Regret at the loss you must all feel, my own memories of wondrous times when I took delighted pleasure in his company, and yet peace in the sense of a fine life's work completed. He was a robust, extraordinary, gentle man, who reflected such personal character and charm. From my first meeting, he was a commanding presence, the colonel. The great surprise was to learn what a considered friend and companion he was to anyone who would spend a few moments in his company. It never mattered how much time had been logged by either of us since a last visit, we'd pick up life's narration as if a page had simply been turned. I will deeply miss his welcoming greeting and his vigorous personality. He lived his life not only well, but for the love and interest of others."

Stan was born in Sesser, IL, to William Stanton Hutson and Mary Ellen Huie Hutson. He attended the University of Illinois and graduated from West Point Military Academy, Class of 1941.

His participation in track and in football from high school through four years at West Point fostered his interest in sports and staying fit.

Margaret Ann Kevand came into Stan's life while at The Point. They married after his graduation in 1941, and moved to California where Stan patrolled the coastline from Camp Roberts. They returned to West Point where Stan was an instructor in the Tactical Department.

They lived in Germany during the post-war occupation (punctuated by a tour at Fort Benning, GA). After a year on Governor's Island, NY, they chose civilian life and operated a family-run inn for three years in Cazenovia, NY. In 1956, the Hutsons returned to military service at Fort McClellan in Anniston, AL. In 1960, Stan began a tour at Scofield Barracks on Oahu, Hawaii, which later included a tour in Vietnam, then as an Army/Navy liaison officer. This was followed by retirement in the Islands and teaching math in private schools.

Love of the outdoors and hiking took Stan and Peg to Stehekin, WA, in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, where they operated an inn from 1970-1971. Real retirement followed in Seattle.

Whether traveling internationally or on a daily jog, Stan was willing to try any activity: from sky diving to kayaking to bicycling in France for three weeks at the age of 72.

Preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bill; Peggy, his wife of 50 years; and his daughter, Ann, Stan is survived by his daughter Pat Hutson, of Monroe, WA; sons Mark Hutson (Sasha Joura) of New Zealand and Australia, and Pete Hutson (Teresa Steer), of Seattle, WA; grandchildren Kevand Topping, WA; Elizabeth Topping, CA; and Alison Hammett Cummings (Brian Cummings), WA; great-granddaughter, Aimee Ann Cuzimano, WA, and great-grandson, James Cummings. Stan passed away peacefully in Corvallis, OR, at the age of 91.

Stan is remembered by his children with love and appreciation. He was a caring, generous, and loving father and husband, a friend to many. He is greatly missed.

Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 23, 2014
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