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Darle Joe Blumenthal

1933 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
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Darle Joe Blumenthal

January 4, 1933 ~ January 6, 2019

Darle Joe Blumenthal passed away peacefully at home in Seattle surrounded by his loving family.

Darle was born in Seattle to Joe and Lida Blumenthal. He was an only child and grew up in North Seattle where he was one of the first members of the Greenwood Boy's (and Girl's) Club. Darle attended Roosevelt High School, and he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951. After completing basic training, he was deployed to serve his country in Japan. Soon after his deployment, Darle's mother fell ill; and he was allowed to return to Seattle to spend time with her before she passed away in 1953.

Darle met Patricia Rae Munro, the love of his life, and they were engaged in 1951. They were married May 15, 1954, and began their lives together in Seattle.

While in high school, Darle worked in the business started by his father Joe, Blumenthal Uniform Co. Darle's career spanned almost 50 years from 1948 to his retirement in 1997. During this time, he personally helped thousands of Washington State's dedicated first responders, postal employees, and other fine people in uniform. With his keen memory for names and his warm personality, Darle made a lasting impression on his customers and employees. Darle's children Mark, Mitch, Connie, and Karrie worked alongside him in his business. Their mother, Pat, also helped the business from home in addition to providing a safe and healthy environment for the family.

Even today, the uniform store's (now called Galls) salespeople still hear warm and respectful customer comments about when Darle outfitted them for their first uniforms. He was a gentleman, a great salesman, and highly respected in his industry.

In addition to loving his family and working diligently to grow his business, Darle was a car enthusiast. In the late 70's, he especially liked the 65/66 Mustang convertibles. At one time, he had over 20 Mustangs. These cars would be driven, restored, parted out, or sold to other enthusiasts. He shared his hobby in Seattle's Pinehurst neighborhood with several other Mustang fans, and he could be found there on Saturdays at the auto shop with his friends.

Darle and his family lived in the Innis Arden neighborhood of Shoreline WA from 1968 to 1998. After selling the family home, Darle and Patricia moved to a new condo complex at downtown Seattle's Waterfront Landing. At first, they volunteered as greeters at the new Pier 66 cruise ship terminal where they put their warm personalities to work to welcome the cruise ship's passengers to Seattle. During the 20 years they lived on the waterfront, they were seen almost daily walking the path between Piers 62 and 91. During that time, they met and befriended many people on their walks. After Darle retired, they traveled and cruised many wonderful places around the world

Darle is survived by his wife and partner of almost 65 years, Patricia. He is also survived by his children Mark (Patti) Mitch (Jacki) Connie (Mauro) and Karrie

Dutton (Don). He is survived by his six grandchildren Jessica, Lauren, Christine, Carson, Alec Bean, and Amanda Mayo.

In appreciation of the guidance that the Boy's and Girl's Club provided Darle in his early years, Darle and Patricia gave generously to that organization. In lieu of flowers, donations to the North Seattle Boy's and Girl's Club would be greatly appreciated. www.positiveplace.org/giving

Sign Darle's online Guest Book at www.Legacy.com
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 13, 2019
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