Former Island Park Elementary teacher dies

Paul Orcutt, a former popular Mercer Island elementary school teacher, died Nov. 12. He lived in Seattle.

He was born in New York City in 1937 and grew up in Syracuse, N.Y., where he attended Syracuse University. He interrupted his studies to join the Marine Corps and finished college after his service.

He moved to California and later to Seattle, where he earned a master’s degree in teaching from Seattle University.

Mr. Orcutt is survived by his wife, Debbie DeGabrielle, three grown children and an extended family.

A celebration of his life will be held from between 5 and 8 p.m., Jan. 14, at the Whale Wins, 3506 Stone Way North, in Seattle.


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