Joyce Ann Larsen-Murphy

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Larsen_obitJoyce Ann Larsen-Murphy passed away peacefully at home on May 4, 2011. She was born in Cathay, North Dakota and traveled to Seattle with her parents Lars and Inez Rodney and sister Laverne and grandparents Andrew and Julia Erickson.

They made their home in north Seattle and Joyce attended Oak Lake Elementary and Lincoln High School.

Joyce is survived by children Judy and Duane (son-in-law) Long, Dellas and Denise (daughter-in-law) Larsen, Ia and Alfred (son-in-law) Fontanilla, and step-daughter Jun Kenney. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Jonnie, Anthony, Michelle, Julia and Andrew and four great grandchildren Will, Sydney, Isadora and Eli. Joyce is also survived by her dear friend Jerry Murphy.

Joyce married Henning Larsen in 1958 and they owned and operated a small chain of restaurants throughout the area. Their last and favorite being the Woodgate Inn in Woodinville.

Joyce will be remembered by family and friends for her beautiful smile, her positive attitude and her enthusiasm for all she did. A memorial service and Celebration of Life honoring Joyce will be held Sunday, May 22nd at Denny Park Lutheran Church in Seattle, 1:30-4:30. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice.


Grant William Davidson

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Davidson_finalGrant William Davidson was born on November 20, 1953, in Portland, Ore., and passed away May 3, 2011, in Redmond, Wash. He spent his boyhood in Hornbrook, Calif., where he enjoyed fishing the mountain lakes and the Klamath River. He was proud to be a Boy Scout and enjoyed hiking and camping. 

After graduating from Yreka High School, he joined the Army.

Grant loved to travel and was able to see most of Europe while stationed in Germany.  His love for travelling continued throughout his life and was second only to his love for fine food and the art of gourmet cooking.

Grant worked tirelessly to encourage and promote agriculture throughout Washington.

He served as president of the Washington State Farmers Market Association and was a member of the King County Agricultural Commission.

His passion was for local farmers markets, and he was the founding manager of the markets in Woodinville, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Crossroads and Mountlake Terrace. 

Grant helped many local growers get their starts.  His generous spirit knew no bounds. 

His tireless advocacy helped expand the opportunities for low-income families and seniors to shop at farmers markets.

Grant was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Julie, and his parents, Lew and Shirley Burket. 

He is survived by his son, Scott; Julie’s daughters, Jen Rak, Kim Rak and Danielle Rak McNulty; siblings, Toni Bray, Shawn Walters, Beth Peters and Scott Burket; granddaughters Erica, Cassandra, Audrey and Gabriella.

 A celebration of Grant’s life will be held on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. before the opening of the Lake Forest Farmers Market at 17171 Bothell Way NE. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cascadia Community College Foundation - Julie and Grant Davidson Memorial Scholarship Fund (for Healthcare Careers), 18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011.

Rest in peace, dear Grant. You will be in our hearts forever.

Malcolm R. Kittridge

  • Written by Valley View

vvobitjMalcolm R. Kittridge was born April 7, 1924 in Ripley, Maine, and passed away on April 26, 2011 in Duvall, Wash.

"Mack" was 87 years old. The oldest son of Bertha and Roland Kittridge, Mack grew up in Dexter, Maine. He graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1948 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

After college he served two years in the Army and six years in the Army Reserves. In 1950, Mack took a job with John Deere Harvester in Moline Illinois; there he met Mary Lou Engebretson and they were married on his birthday in 1951. After John Deere, he worked for the Herman Nelson company, designing aeronautical fuel systems for high altitude flights.

In 1958, Mack took a job with Interstate Electronics and Mack and Mary Lou and their two young sons, Matthew and Tom moved to Fullerton, Calif. With Interstate, Mack helped to develop the missile guidance systems used on the Trident submarines.

The family moved to Dana Point, Calif. in 1978 and when Mack retired from Interstate in 1988, he and Mary Lou moved to Santa Maria, Calif. He became active with the Elks and put his woodworking skills to good use helping to craft wooden toys for needy children.

In 1994, to be closer to his sons, he and Mary Lou moved to Port Townsend, Wash. Again, he became active with the Elks. Combining his woodworking skills with his engineering prowess, he volunteered many hours toward the construction of the new Elk Lodge in Port Townsend. This service earned him "Elk of the Year" in 1999.

In 2005, Mack and Mary Lou moved to Duvall, where he spent his final days surrounded by his cats and his grandchildren. Mack is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, sons Matt (and Camille) Kittridge of Anaheim Hills, Calif. and Tom (and Lynn) Kittridge of Duvall, Wash., and five grandchildren: Michael, George, Neil, Charlie and Johanna.

At his request, no services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.