The week’s passages
A roundup of notable obituaries for the week ending Dec. 22
Ken “The Hutch” Hutcherson, 61, a former Seattle Seahawk and an outspoken pastor who started the Antioch Bible Church in Redmond and championed racial equality but opposed gay marriage, died Wednesday. He had prostate cancer.
Sally Skinner Behnke, 90, a daughter of one of Seattle’s wealthiest families, who followed in their philanthropic footsteps and became an influential community leader, died Dec. 12.
Robert Van Citters, 87, of Edmonds, a noted cardiovascular researcher who as dean of the UW School of Medicine in the 1970s oversaw the creation of a groundbreaking program that today educates future physicians from Washington, as well as those from four other states, died of heart failure Dec. 7.
Larry Lujack, 73, who was one of the top disc jockeys at Seattle’s KJR-AM 1964-‘66 and went on to national fame at Chicago radio stations, died Wednesday of esophageal cancer in Santa Fe, N.M., where he had retired.
Peter O’Toole, 81, one of the most magnetic, charismatic and fun figures in British acting, best known for starring in “Lawrence of Arabia,” died Dec. 14 in London after a long illness.
Joan Fontaine, 96, who won a best-actress Oscar in the 1941 movie “Suspicion,” fanning a lifelong feud by beating her sister, Olivia de Havilland, died last Sunday in Carmel, Calif.
Michiaki Takahashi, 85, a doctor whose experience caring for his 3-year-old son when the boy had chickenpox led him to develop a vaccine for the virus that is now used all over the world, died of heart failure Monday in Osaka, Japan.
Bob Perez, 60, who as a Wenatchee police detective led a discredited investigation into a child sex ring in the 1990s, died Dec. 12 in Wenatchee of stroke complications.
Kelly Clark, 56, of Portland, one of the nation’s most prominent attorneys fighting for childhood victims of sexual abuse — winning cases against the Roman Catholic Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts — died Tuesday in Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic from causes that appear to be cancer-related.
Ray Price, 87, one of country music’s most popular and influential singers and bandleaders, died of pancreatic cancer Monday outside Mount Pleasant, Texas.
Al Goldstein, 77, the publisher of Screw magazine who pushed hard-core pornography into the cultural mainstream, and who fought obscenity arrests and lawsuits, died Thursday in Brooklyn of possible renal failure.
Tom Laughlin, 82, the actor, writer, director and producer who created the “Billy Jack” movie series of the 1970s, died of pneumonia Thursday in Los Angeles.
Bernard L. Shaw, 68, a San Francisco police officer who was Patty Hearst’s bodyguard and later married her, died Tuesday in Garrison, N.Y., after a long illness that the family did not specify.
Janet D. Rowley, 88, a physician who was nationally honored as the first person to show a conclusive link between certain genetic abnormalities and certain cancers, making possible the developmant of targeted drug therapies, died of ovarian cancer Tuesday in Chicago.
Harold Camping, 92, the Oakland, Calif.-based radio preacher who predicted the end of the world no fewer than 12 times, died Sunday in Alameda.