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Dean E. Hardy

Born into the Greatest Generation 98 years ago Dean died peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 21, 2015. He grew up on his parent's farm in Yacolt, WA. A drafting class at Clark College in Vancouver, WA turned his ambition toward the UW School of Architecture, where he graduated in 1941. That same year he married his sweetheart, Laura "Lala" Clausen, on Christmas Day. In lieu of wearing a uniform during WWII, he served his country working on parts for the various bombers built by Boeing in Detroit. After the war Dean became a commercial architect for NBBJ, practicing there for over 35 years. He drafted and performed design work on numerous buildings that dot the Seattle skyline such as the Pacific Science Center, IBM Building and Rainier Tower, plus work on Swedish, Virginia Mason, UW and Spokane Hospitals, along with the EWU Stadium. His most notable assignment was as Project Lead on the Kingdome. The family grew and Dean and Lala's three children were fortunate to have a dad who loved the outdoors and was passionate about snow & water skiing plus camping, golf, fishing, gardening and travel. He and Lala took many vacations to ski resorts along the West Coast and after retiring crisscrossed the USA by RV several times in addition to numerous cruises. Lala left a void after passing in 2003 following nearly 62 years of marriage.

Ten years ago Lucie Richards and her caring children and grandchildren entered our lives and embraced dad. Dean and Lucie enjoyed several years of traveling & companionship together and we thoroughly enjoyed the warmth of her extended family.

Dean is survived by his three children: Oldest son Brian (Kathy, deceased) their daughter Karen Branin (Paul) and great-granddaughter Madeline; and son Daniel. A second son Camden (Rosie) and their sons John and Alex. Daughter Gail Gervin (Roger), and their son Alan.

We wish to thank the staff at Sagebrook Senior Living in Ballard, plus the excellent hospice team from Group Health for the love and care they gave Dean.

The family invites friends and neighbors to join in a celebration of Dean's life at the Ballard Elks Lodge, 6411 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117 on Sunday, November 8th at 3:30 to share photos and memories of Dean. Remembrances may be made to Northminster Presbyterian Church or a .
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 25, 2015
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