Arthur Lee Timmons February 6, 1935 - January 13, 2019

On a Sunday, in January 2019, Art, 83, of Friday Harbor, with his loving family by his side lost his well-fought battle against cancer. He was participating in a study to fight cancer at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. He was born in Twin Falls, ID in 1935, the son of Arthur & Celia (George) Timmons. From an early age, Art loved the outdoors, exploring and hunting in the river canyon of Twin Falls.

His family moved to Willow Glen area of San Jose, CA where Art finished junior high and graduated from Willow Glen High School. He then entered the ROTC program at San Jose State College. Art was a proud SAE fraternity member there and also joined the boxing and track teams. Graduating with a business degree in 1957, Art’s first job was with Otis Elevator Company of San Francisco. He started at the bottom, or you could say the top, walking the steel beams of high rises under construction and free falling in elevators to test the brakes. Putting his business career on hold, Art joined the U.S. Army Artillery Division where he earned his Captain’s stripes.

After his military service, Art began what was to be a long career in mortgage banking. He earned a Masters Degree in Mortgage Banking from Northwestern University. He owned and operated his own mortgage company in the San Jose area. In addition, Art began expanding into real estate development, doing several projects in the Santa Cruz, CA area.

Upon retirement, Art and Margherita moved to San Juan Island, WA. Together they built their first home there. Island life was full of boating activities, which led to his rise to be Commodore of the San Juan Island Yacht Club in 1997. A passionate and meticulous man, he loved to dress well and eat dessert. He loved duck and pheasant hunting, tennis and pickle ball. Travel was a passion after retirement, and he was proud to say that he had visited 54 different countries.

Art was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Colleen Graaskamp. He is survived by his wife, Margherita; sons: Guy and Clay; Clay’s wife Valerie; his sons’ mother: Pricilla Brown; and grandchildren: Cassandra, Ashton, Anders, Morgan, Pauline and Jeremy Timmons.

Art will be greatly missed. He leaves an empty space in our family, our community and the duck blind. A Celebration of Life will be held in March and announced on Evans Funeral Chapel website. To share memories of Art, please sign the online guestbook.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, P.O. Box 19023, Seattle WA 98109-1023.

Checks may be made payable to SCCA with indication that they are in memory of Arthur L Timmons.

Or, call (206) 606-2070 or (877) 308-3117 to make a donation by phone.


  • Ron Collins
    Ron Collins Tuesday, 12 February 2019 09:20 Comment Link

    Art was a special person. Anne and I were privileged to succeed to the Timmons House on Davison Head. The house was so much like Art: crafted with great care and attention to detail, beautiful design and a joy for those who lived in it. He transported stone from San Francisco cable cars, and old wood from an abandoned pier on the Bay. And owning that house gave us the further privilege of knowing Art and Margherita. Art had a joy of living that few can hope for. He checked off his bucket list right up to the day he went to the hospital, all with a smile and positive attitude that gave those who know him a challenge to equal. To say he will be missed is a gross understatement.

  • Dan Selak
    Dan Selak Tuesday, 22 January 2019 12:55 Comment Link

    Sincere condolences to Art's family from Joy and Dan in Austin. Art was one of the happiest persons I ever met on the Island with his big radiant smile and friendly greeting. Then he would extend his very large hand for a shake. The Yacht Club was on one of our cruises to Canada where we were having lunch. Art was sitting at a window table when a crowd started to assemble pointing to Art. I went outside to ask the people there what all the excitmrnt was about and was told they were convinced they were looking at Walter Matthau. I let them alone to have them marvel at their discovery. Art was a unique man. RIP Commodore.

  • Cynthia Burke
    Cynthia Burke Saturday, 19 January 2019 09:28 Comment Link

    Art was a class act - a gentleman and a gentle man. He had a great laugh, a love of life and appreciated the fine things in life - especially pie. He was always kind and taught me a great deal. I will miss his visits to my bistro (which he encouraged me to do) and his great smile!

  • Cheryl George
    Cheryl George Friday, 18 January 2019 11:55 Comment Link

    Margherita, Guy, Clay and your families,

    I'm sharing in your sadness as you remember Lee and thinking of you all as you celebrate Lee's remarkable life.

    All my love,

    Cheryl George


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