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Memorial Tributes, Volume 14
comfort to his family. Little known by his peers, his dream of becoming a professional Disney cartoonist gave way to his passion for aerodynamics. His skill as an artist is still evident in drawings given to friends and family over the years.
Devoted to his wife and children, he shared with them his love of nature and the outdoors on frequent camping trips and other adventures. In his earlier years he was an avid mountain climber, scaling most of the major peaks in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Fishing was another favorite pastime for him. The family kept a beachfront weekend and summer home, and plenty of boats—from dinghy to cabin cruiser.
A genuine fan of sports, and having been active in track events in his youth, he and his wife rarely missed attending University of Washington football games, both having attended school there where they met on a blind date, marrying in October of 1941.
He is survived by his wife, Ida Mae of Tacoma, Washington; a son, Richard of Copalis Beach, Grays Harbor County; daughters Janet of Portland and Nancy of Tacoma; and a grandson Chris of Tacoma.