Bruce William Mecklenburg
1930 - 2020
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In Loving Memory of
Bruce William Mecklenburg

November 4, 1930 ~ May 20, 2020

Loving Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather and Great Grandfather

Bruce was raised in Bremerton, WA on Rocky Point, along with his 4 younger siblings, Paul, Craig, Frank and Eileen. After graduating from Bremerton High School, he enrolled in Olympic Jr College and spent the next 2 years in the Air Force where he was stationed in AK as a Radar Tech.

From there, he attended the UW where he earned his degree in Architecture, and formed The Mecklenburg Architects. From his office in Seahurst, WA, he designed numerous commercial buildings and custom residential homes. Bruce designed and built his own dream home on Puget Sound where he raised his two boys, Mark and Kurt.

Bruce loved the outdoors, and enjoyed fishing the Sound as well as fly fishing mountain rivers and streams, where he regularly caught his 'limit'. Taking the family camping in the mountains was always a highlight. No campers or tents; just sleeping bags and the old Coleman stove was all we needed.

Boating was another of Bruce's passions. Any type of boat, but his favorite was the sailboat. Bruce and his wife, Dorothy (Dot), loved to sail the Puget Sound together, spending most of that time in the waters around their property on Harstine Island.

Bruce and Dot spent many years at Snow Water, a condominium located at the base of Mt. Baker on the Nooksack River, where they hiked every trail – and then some. He took lots of photographs to document all of their many adventures.
Bruce was a loved and respected individual by his peers, his Community, and his many friends. He was a true 'Friend Magnet'.
To know him, was to love him.

Rest in Peace

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Published in The Seattle Times from Jun. 10 to Jun. 30, 2020.
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June 18, 2020
Bruce was our next door neighbor while we were living in veterans housing and attending the UW. As I watched his house designs over the three years we lived side by side, I always told him that I would like for him to design a home for us someday. It came to pass that as my wife and I neared retirement he designed a house for us at Manson on Lake Chelan, It is beautiful and a monument to his talent. We cherish his and Dottie's memory. Cal and Helen
Calvin Swindell
June 17, 2020
Bruce gave me my first job in architecture in the spring of 1980. Bruce, Michael Medina and I comprised The Mecklenburg Architects for a time. Bruce was genuine, ever patient and a great teacher if the craft. He a lovely way of getting a young architect to value simple and clear ways of documenting design ideas that would be useful to the builders we worked with. An admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright and mid-century modernism Bruce always sought to make his buildings truly useful and easy to occupy and maintain. Admirable goals for any architect of anytime. The patience Bruce showed toward me as a young architect was a valuable lesson in mentorship that I appreciated much later in life as I began a practice with friends in the 1990s. Bruce also taught Michael and I the value of a good weekly lunch which he treated us to every Friday. Many times we went to Andys Diner in Tukwila and enjoyed a Manhattan or two at lunch. Very civilized. We maintained contact over the years as both Michael and I enjoyed some success in our own practices and I know Bruce was very proud of his two young charges as they made their way in the world. We will hold Bruce close in our hearts and remember the lessons we learned from him. Thank you Bruce!
Jonathan Hartung
June 14, 2020
I have many fond memories of Uncle Bruce. I remember the first time I met him. Uncle Bruce was warm, friendly and accepting along with a great sense of humour. My parents, Joyce and Ray Brookbank, were grateful that Uncle Bruce and Aunt Dot shared their condominium at Snow Water with them. Over the years, my parents recounted their memories of their walks along the Nooksack River. I am grateful that I have a few photos of Uncle Bruce and Aunt Dot. RIP in peace, Uncle Bruce. You will live on in my heart and in my memories.
Laurie Brookbank
June 13, 2020
He was really a caring brother and a very professional person.
Frank Mecklenburg
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