Eugene Smith Hunt
Eugene Smith HUNT, D.O. April 7, 1919 - June 21,2004 He was born in , April 7, 1919, in Dayton, WA and died suddenly of a heart attack on June 21, 2004, at the age of 85. He was the youngest of four children and lived on multiple ranches and farms before his family settled in Ellensburg where he attended high school and had his sights set on becoming a concert violinist. He attended Central Washington State College and learned to fly light planes in a government sponsored program before WWII. He became interested in medicine as his mother had graduated from medical school in 1910. A close family friend, Roberta Wimer-Ford, D.O. recommended he attend the Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Northeast Missouri. He graduated in 1944, married Catherine M. Green, a recent graduate of the Northeast Missouri State College. He and Catherine's honeymoon consisted of driving out to Seattle with just barely enough gas rations to get there. He served his internship at Waldo Hospital in north Seattle. He worked briefly at a group practice in Seattle. One of his patients convinced him they needed a doctor in the Riverton Heights area, so in 1946 he set up a solo practice on Pacific Highway South. He was one of the founding members of Standring Memorial Hospital that later became Shorewood Osteopathic Hospital. He was in General Practice for 50 years. He loved delivering babies, making house calls and seeing patients in the office. He was involved for all of his professional life in the Washington State Osteopathic Association and in 2003 received the Warren Lawless Lifetime Achievement Award. He was tireless in helping to assure that Osteopathic Physicians maintained full practice rights in the State of Washington. He was active at Seattle First United Methodist Church and was deeply committed along with his wife Catherine, in raising their five children. He and Catherine loved attending concerts, plays, and traveling throughout the United States. He is preceded in death by his eldest son David Eugene Hunt. He is survived by his wife Catherine Marie Hunt of Des Moines, WA, and four children, son Stephen Paul Hunt, of Auburn, WA, daughter Susan Marie Hislop of Kent, WA, son Mark Edward Hunt of Kent, WA, daughter Ann Louise Hunt of White Plains, N.Y., and 13 grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at Wesley Terrace, 816 S. 216th in the auditorium on July 1 at 7:00 p.m. (206) 824-5000. Visitation will be on June 30, 2004, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at BONNEY-WATSON Washington Memorial Cemetery, 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac (206) 242-1787. Please sign the online register book at
Published by The Seattle Times on Jun. 27, 2004.
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Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Gene will be missed by everyone that knew him. We will remember all the good times.
Barbara & Richard Johnson
July 9, 2004
Dr. Hunt, always there when the kids were sick with his special humor "This shot will hurt you more than it will me". So caring, even calling the day after an office call to see how the sick one was doing. Our kids, Tina and Scott always knew that Dr. Hunt would make them feel better. A truly wonderful person and doctor, we will all miss him.
Christine Erstad
June 27, 2004
Dr Hunt took care of my family when we were very young. My brother Dale was always sick and of course he was always sick at 2:00 AM, but Dr Hunt would always drive over in his pajamas and help him. He was a great guy and will surley be missed by all who knew him.
Robert Erstad
June 27, 2004
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