Martin David METZON A caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend died on January 7th after a short and sudden illness. Born in Germany, on October 15, 1920, to Philip and Grete Metzon, and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Martin came to the U.S. in 1953, where he met and married Ruth, his wife of 49 years. A U.S. citizen, Martin remained patriotic to Denmark, and was both the Danish Vice Consul, and the Consul, for a total of over 40 years. Martin proudly flew the Danish flag from his beloved home for every Danish occasion. He received the high honor of being knighted by the Queen of Denmark in 1988 for his service to Denmark. Martin studied at the UW, becoming a CPA in 1959; retiring from Moss Adams as a senior partner after 20 years, only to begin his own CPA practice during his later years. He fully retired as a CPA in 1999 at age 79 years. Martin was part of the Danish Resistance during WW II; he was a charter member and past president of Temple Beth Am; served on the Board of the Nordic Heritage Museum; and was past president of the Danish Club of Seattle. In addition to his wife Ruth, Martin is survived by his four children: Jorgen Metzon (Clara), Kirsten Silberman (Birger), Sue Covey (Peter), and Jeanette Calderon (David); 11 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and many friends. Funeral service Thursday, January 9th, 2003, 1:30 p.m., at Butterworth-Arthur Wright Chapel, 520 W. Raye St. Remembrances are suggested to the Metzon Fund at the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, the Endowment Fund at the Nordic Heritage Museum, or the Metzon Scholarship Fund at the UW Scandinavian Dept. Friends and relatives are invited to a Smorebrod following the funeral at the Metzon home.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 8, 2003.