Arthur Cary Claflin
Arthur Cary Claflin

Arthur Cary Claflin, 62, passed away on Thursday, May 23rd at his home. Art was born July 7, 1950 in Bowling Green, Ohio to Edward S. and Mona (Cretney) Claflin. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Yale Law School, Art joined the law firm of Bogle and Gates in 1975. He joined the law firm of Hall, Zanzig, Claflin, McEachern in 2000. He married the former Gretchen Anders, also of Bowling Green, and together they had two children, Rachel and Emily.

Art had just returned from a trip to Scotland with his daughters when he passed away. His children were the loves of his life, and he was a devoted father. A true intellectual and gifted writer, Art's interest in current events, great literature, and history never waned. He loved doing the New York Times crossword puzzles, always in ink. An avid runner, Art completed several marathons including the Boston Marathon. He was a talented cook, loved to travel, and had a dry wit that his family will miss greatly. In accordance with his wishes, a private service is planned with great food and rock and roll music.

Art is survived by his two daughters, Rachel and Emily Claflin, Gretchen Claflin, his brother Thomas (Christine), and nieces and nephews.
Published by The Seattle Times from May 30 to May 31, 2013.
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Dear Gretchen, Rachel & Emily
We just learned of Art's passing and are saddened by it. We wish you and all your family peace during this trying period and beyond. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Thad Alston & Kari Glover & Family
June 17, 2013
I was saddened to hear of Art's passing. He was my colleague for many years, and we worked cases together on occasion. He was a great guy and an excellent lawyer. My sympathies to the family.
Al Van Kampen
June 4, 2013
Even in seventh grade everyone loved it when Art "came out to play." We wanted to sit at his lunch table. He married my sister and I married his brother, so I know it was true until he died, that he could tell a great story and his sense of humor could make you lose your dignity. I will miss watching Art and my husband pull accents and personalities from the air, and Art singing into a beer bottle mic. I want more time to coax Art out to play, and I want his salmon recipe.
Christine Claflin
June 3, 2013
I always wanted to meet Art. I did not know him but Iam a Claflin and maybe now I can look back in my Big book and find out how we are related. Iam sure we are somehow. My sympathy goes out to the family and prayers to all the family. Marlene Claflin Ross Couch from Hawaii. I live here now
Marlene Couch
June 1, 2013
What I will remember most about Art was his smile. I will also remember his love for Gretchen. It has been many years now since we were all together at Bogle and Gates. We were young, worked hard and had great fun. We are so sorry to hear about his passing and our best to Gretchen and the girls. Marilyn and Dean Messmer
June 1, 2013
Gretchen, Rachel and Emily,
We are sad to hear of Art's death. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you.
Stan and Sue
June 1, 2013
We are very saddened to hear of Arts passing.. A wonderful man in so many ways.
Carol and Karl Ege
May 31, 2013
Art was a true pleasure to be around. Art was quiet when he wanted, and wonderfully witty and insightful when he spoke. I can't suppress a smile as I think of him now. His passing is a loss to us all. /Cory Carlson
Cory Carlson
May 31, 2013
Dear Rachel and Emily,

I am shocked and saddened by Art's passing. I greatly appreciated his work on The Northwest School Board and often sought his counsel.

Dear Rachel and Emily,

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Art's passing. I greatly appreciated his work on The Northwest School board and often sought his counsel.

I wish you peace in the coming weeks.

Sincerely,
Ellen Taussig


wish you peace in the coming months.

Sincerely,
Ellen
May 31, 2013
I had the great pleasure of spending the evening with Art at the Detroit Zoo ~ six years ago. Actually I was seated next to him for his niece's wedding. What a charming, entertaining, intelligent person. Please seek solace in the many wonderful memories R. & E.
Maureen Kennedy
May 30, 2013
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