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Evan Clark Tuttle Obituary
Evan Clark Tuttle

Evan Clark Tuttle, 99, former longtime Seattle resident, died Oct. 13, 2012, in Cashmere, Wash., where he had lived since April 2011.

He was born July 2, 1913, to Dan and Julia Tuttle, in Twisp, Wash., where the family operated a ranch.

They moved to Portland, Ore., in 1918, then returned to the ranch, before moving to Seattle, where he attended Fairview and Bryant schools, and graduated from Roosevelt High School. During the Depression, he helped his father build their new house and sometimes worked as water boy for a crew of wood cutters. He also was a helper on his father's survey jobs as chainman, rodman and sightline clearer. After high school, he and his friend Ralph Gilbert ran a print shop. He moved to Tacoma where he worked as a display window designer for Fishers Department Store, and met Maurine Henderson, who he married July 27, 1941. They honeymooned by traveling around the San Juan Islands in a sailing canoe and lived on a houseboat at Titlow Beach.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as radioman technician first class aboard the USS Antietam. He then attended the University of Washington, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in Industrial Design.

He and Maurine bought their first house in Lake City in 1949 and he worked for a wholesale florist in a variety of jobs until he became a technical illustrator for Boeing, where he worked for 27 years, retiring in 1978.

Clark loved the high Cascades and was an active hiker from his pre-teens to his 80s. He also had a great affinity for boating and all things maritime.

He enjoyed teaching, giving countless workshops and classes for all ages in printmaking, kitemaking and papier mache, mostly through the University Unitarian Church and Eliot Institute at Seabeck. He also produced a great quantity of graphics and art for these and other organizations.

He was a serious and prolific photographer and later in life, an amateur winemaker.

He is survived by his four children, Laurie Davenport of Tacoma, Dan Tuttle of Peshastin, Siri Tuttle of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Holly Tuttle of Vashon Island, and five grandchildren, Jessamyn Tuttle, Kim Davenport, Peter Leitzell, Katherine Leitzell and Elizabeth Leitzell. He was preceded in death by his wife; two sisters, Bithia and Barbara; and three brothers, Jimmy, Bud and David.

A memorial service will be held at University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave. N.E. Seattle, 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the conservation organization of your choice.
Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 16, 2012
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