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Victor VanValin

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Victor VAN VALIN Victor Van Valin ~ loving husband, father, grandfather, author and patriot passed away January 2, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona due to complications arising from surgery. The family held a memorial service January 8th in their Carefree, AZ home celebrating this cheerful, warm-hearted man they were so blessed to have as their loving mentor and friend. Victor was born November 6th, 1936 in Denver, Colorado to Barbara (Stolle) and C.F. Van Valin. He spent most of his growing up years in Snohomish Washington, where he graduated from high school. In 1959 he graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts and went on to study at Harvard University, then went on to earn his law degree from the University of Washington. Victor was called from the reserves to active duty in the U.S. Air Force during the Pueblo Crisis in 1968. He practiced law in Seattle and in Bellevue until his retirement in 2005, at which time he devoted himself to finishing and publishing his non-fiction work entitled 'Casting Out Fear' which endeavored to illuminate a way to find what Victor called our 'authentic self.' He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, and his children Vanessa (husband Paul and children Kazia and Tasman), Jonathan, Jeffrey and John (wife Rachel and son Isaiah). He was predeceased by his younger sister Virginia Foster. From early youth, he loved the outdoors - fly fishing, hiking and camping. His love of the earth also spurred him to become an orchardist. Memorial contributions can be made to the Central Asia Institute at: PO Box 7209 Bozeman MT, 59771 or the Williams College Alumni Fund at: 75 Park Street, Williamstown, MA 01267.
Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2011
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