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J. Albert Brevik

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J. Albert BREVIK Al Brevik was born August 1, 1920 and died August 20, 2008. He was born in Ballard to Anton C. and Olga E. Brevik who were of Norwegian descent. Al was always proud of his Norwegian heritage. He attended Seattle Public Schools graduating from Ballard High in 1938, majoring in music and art. His father died during Al's senior. Upon his father's demise, Al became the family breadwinner and supported his mother and brother during difficult economic times. Al entered the University of Washington and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He continued on working for a Master's degree. While doing so, he became a member of the UW staff working for the office of student affairs then the ASUW Activities staff and finally as an assistant Athletic Director. He will be remembered by many UW alums as the person who organized and directed the half-time activities at Husky Stadium in the late 40's and early 50's. Al also directed the 1000 voice choir and was a member of Fir Tree Honorary and the Men's Glee Club. Al left the UW to accept a position of music arranger and assistant director for the famous Fred Waring Choral. Al returned to the Northwest whereupon he married Norma Ringman of Everett who also was involved in vocal work. Al then joined the Clover Park School District as Director of Music/Public Relations Manager. As a result, Clover Park had the Northwest's first education channel with Al Brevik as Director. After a distinguished career at Channel 13, which won many awards, Al returned to enjoy his beloved home on Day Island. He regularly hosted Ballard HS Class of '38 reunions at his home. Al remained active in music circles. He served as President of the Clover Park Kiwanis and on the boards of the National Academy of TV Arts and Science and the Red Cross. He was also a long time member of Fircrest Golf Club, The Day Island Club, Day Island Yacht Club and Christ Lutheran Church. Al was an accomplished water color artist as evidenced by the many paintings displayed in his home and the Christmas card reproductions of his works. Al was predeceased by his parents and first wife Norma. He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Joann; brother Art (Carlene); sons Jay (Jess) and Jon (Susan); four stepchildren: Susan Wakkuri (BJ), Raymond Schutts (Helen), Mary Peterson (David), Stephen Schutts (Lori) and eleven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Tacoma Lutheran Home on Saturday Sept. 6 at 2:00 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tacoma Lutheran Home or a charity of your choice. Please signon-line guestbook www.TuellMcKee.com Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home 253-272-1414
Published in The Seattle Times from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2008
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