Northwest NEWS

September 4, 2000


Obituary - Charles D. "Chas" Whittington

Charles D. "Chas" Whittington passed away August 18, 2000. He was born January 1, 1911, and a resident of Woodinville for 33 years. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years Willa, daughter Dianne Campbell, granddaugters Clea Barenburg and Kendall Campbell, great granddaughter Adah Ruth Barenburg, and nephew Robert DeArmond of Ohio. He was born in Hoquiam, WA and moved to Seattle in 1927. He met Willa while they both worked in the hotel business. In 1938 he joined Hainsworth Construction Company building military facilities in the Northwest during WWII. Following the closing of the Hainsworth company upon the death of its founder, Chas completed his construction industry career with Bayley Construction Company in 1982. He moved his family to Bellevue in 1946 in order to oversee the construction of the original Bellevue Square. He was an active member of the Lake Washington Saddle Club for many years and participated in the organization and development of horse show facilities and the annual horse show in Bridle Trails State Park. His love of horses lasted well into his retirement years riding Honey, the family horse, on hunting trips in eastern Washington. He enjoyed sports, hunting and family events. He coined the term "soccer Grandpa" and did not miss any of his granddaughters' dance recitals. He attended every preview party, formerly the patrons party, for the Bellevue Arts & Crafts Fair and Bellevue Art Museum. beginning in the 1940s and was able to attend this year's party at Chateau St. Michelle Winery. He dedicated his life to joyful living and loving support of family and friends. A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 8 at 11:00 AM at Wooden Cross Lutheran Church, 17401 - 198th Ave. NE, Woodinville. Remembrances may be sent to Medic 1.