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Arthur F. Stamey DDS

1928 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Arthur F. Stamey DDS Obituary
Arthur F. Stamey, DDS

April 19, 1928 ~ July 5, 2016

Arthur F. Stamey, DDS, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2016 at the age of 88. He was born in Seattle on April 19, 1928 and resided in Seattle and Edmonds for the rest of his life. He met and married B. Janice Knudsen in 1951. After army service in Korea, he enrolled in the University of Washington's new dental school, graduated in 1954 and began his 37-year dental practice in Lynnwood.

Art loved to travel and over his lifetime visited all seven continents, the last being Antarctica in 2012. France held a special place in his and Janice's hearts, especially after having taken his family of seven to live in Grenoble for a year in 1970, where he taught advanced restorative dentistry throughout Europe.

Art loved the outdoors and enjoyed downhill skiing, climbing Mt. Rainier (twice), extensive backpacking and hiking trips, such as Mt. Rainier's Wonderland Trail, New Zealand's Milford Track and the UK's Coast to Coast. His biggest adventures were his solo sailing trips to Hawaii and his 54-day nonstop voyage to Tahiti in 1992. What he loved most about traveling was the people he met, many of whom became good friends. As one close friend said upon hearing of his passing: "Art was a beautiful soul, a soft-spoken leader, and someone who inspired others to be good just by his caring and sunny presence."

Art loved classical music (especially Beethoven and Schubert), was a devout Christian and dedicated member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Janice, daughters Joan (Dave) Cottingham, Virginia (Dale Johnson) Stamey-Johnson, Sara (Winston Saunders) and Alison (W.C. Twig Mills), son Paul (Deborah), and grandchildren Chris (Sanja) and Matthew Cottingham, Alison and Samuel Saunders, Arthur Stamey-Mills, and Alexander and Graham Stamey.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle 98103).

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Phinney Ridge Lutheran or to Trinity Lutheran (Lynnwood) churches. Complete obituary and guestbook online at www.funerals.coop.
Published in The Seattle Times from July 17 to July 24, 2016
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