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In Memory of

Arthur George Pieters

April 16, 1927 - November 25, 2016

Obituary


Arthur Pieters returned peacefully to His Heavenly Father on Friday, November 25, 2016 after a brief illness. He was 89 years old. Art was born on April 16, 1927 to Achiel and Elisa Pieters in David City, Nebraska, the youngest of nine children. When he was still a boy, the family moved to Portland, Oregon. It was there that Art's love for the great outdoors took root. As a teenager, Art spent summers as a fire look-out in a one-man observation station in the Oregon Cascades. He learned to hike and ski on Mount Hood;...

Arthur Pieters returned peacefully to His Heavenly Father on Friday, November 25, 2016 after a brief illness. He was 89 years old. Art was born on April 16, 1927 to Achiel and Elisa Pieters in David City, Nebraska, the youngest of nine children. When he was still a boy, the family moved to Portland, Oregon. It was there that Art's love for the great outdoors took root. As a teenager, Art spent summers as a fire look-out in a one-man observation station in the Oregon Cascades. He learned to hike and ski on Mount Hood; outdoor passions he would later share with his daughters.

During World War II, Art served as a Medic in the US Army Air Corps. His unit was trained specifically to rescue downed US pilots. However, his medical training was of most value when his unit was called upon to support the liberation of prisoners in the Dachau Concentration Camp. As the war ended, Art was recruited to play in the European Theater Championship Football Game in Berlin, which was attended by senior Army brass from all over Europe. Art played linebacker side-by-side former NFL players who were also serving their country.

After the war, Art returned to Portland and entered the University of Portland. He met his future bride, Pat Gubbins, on a blind date arranged by mutual friends. That night, a romance began that lasted nearly 70 years. The week after Pat graduated college, Art and Pat were married on June 9, 1951. During their early marriage, Art worked as a meat cutter in Eugene and Portland. Eventually, they settled in Portland where Art and Pat had four daughters with whom Art shared his love of family, his Catholic faith, sports and, of course, the great outdoors.

In 1970, Art moved his family to Seattle where he started PMC Distributors, a trucking transportation company supporting a variety of clients including restaurants and specialty grocery stores throughout Washington and Alaska. Art grew and nurtured his company through good times as well as bad and in 1984, he sold PMC and entered a new chapter of life: Retirement!

Art's definition of retirement included building a 3,000 square foot home by hand on 10 acres in the Cascade Mountains outside of Cle Elum, raising Malamute Husky puppies, and starting a Christmas tree farm. And when he discovered an old derelict fire look-out in the Wenatchee National Forest near his home, he volunteered 4,000 hours of his own time and recruited other volunteers to join him in restoring the Red Top Lookout, which now serves as a fire observation look-out and interpretive center. Art was honored by Washington State and the National Forest Service for his outstanding volunteer efforts. Art also served for many years as civilian president of the Kittitas County Search and Rescue Organization and participated in the rescue and recovery of several lost or seriously injured backwoods enthusiasts. In 2004, Art and Pat left their beloved mountain home and moved to Anacortes, WA. They eventually settled into the Creekside Retirement Community in Burlington.

Throughout his life, Art's Catholic faith was his bedrock. Until his recent illness, he attended daily Mass with Pat at his side. Art is also survived by his daughters Judy Hartford (Bob), Lisa Hoehn (Ken), Robin Moeur, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, his nine brothers and sisters, and his youngest daughter, Nadine. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Art's name to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.