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Arthur O. Haavik

Arthur Onsgard Haavik was born October 1st, 1916 in Spokane, Washington, the oldest son of Norwegian immigrants and a Lutheran pastor. He was a man of few words, but his actions left a lasting impression upon his family and his community. His life was marked by his faith in God, involvement in his community, and unconditional service to his church, family and friends.

Art's career as a teacher at James Monroe Junior High School and then as a vice-principal at Ballard High School allowed him to mentor thousands of students in the Ballard community for over 40 years. Everywhere he went he was greeted with smiles and shouts of "Hello Mr. Haavik." Art met his beloved wife Beatrice when she was a nurse and he dropped a secret note in her sweater pocket. They were married for 70 years and together raised 3 daughters and enjoyed 4 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

As a mathematician, Art could always be seen handing out his clever tricks to all ages, creating smiles and introductions wherever he went, earning him the honorary title of "Grandpa Wizard." Art was a skilled woodworker and gardener and he enjoyed giving his wooden creations, fruits and vegetables to all he knew. He was a fixture at Husky games and his grandchildren's events.

Art is survived by his wife Beatrice; daughters Janice Kilbreath (Terry), Joyce Hartvigson, Karen Jones (Steve); his grandchildren Brett Hartvigson (Jocelyn), Koe Pahlka (Derek), Koll Hartvigson (Christina), Kasey Downing (Chris); and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Obert Haavik, sister Carol Tommervik, and son-in-law Skip Hartvigson.

Memorial service will be held at Ballard First Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers/gifts, remembrances can be sent to Ballard First Lutheran Church, 2006 NW 65th St, Seattle, WA 98117 or, to Ballard High School Foundation "The Art Haavik Athletic Scholarship Fund" P.O. Box 17626, Seattle, WA 98127. Special thanks to Cristwood Retirement Community and St. Anthony's Family Home.
Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 18, 2012
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