OWEN HALL

Owen passed away on January 30, 2019. Born in Oregon in 1930, the majority of Owen’s youth was spent moving throughout the United States as his father was an aviation pioneer who helped found United Air Lines. Owen attended Sequoia Union High School in Redwood City, California where he met his wife Dorothy and was involved in school activities and sports.

Owen attended San Jose State College majoring in Fine Art. Dorothy also attended San Jose State majoring in Education. They married their junior year and graduated in 1952. Owen then entered Stanford University and obtained a Masters’ Degree in Fine Art in Watercolor in 1953. He then spent two years in the Army Engineers at Fort Carson and Camp Hale, Colorado.

After his discharge, Owen worked as a draftsman and on a construction survey crew for a civil engineering company. He later worked for a home designer and a national commercial construction company becoming Vice President of Sales. In 1973, he and his family moved to Mercer Island, Washington, where he served as Vice President of Coldwell Banker’s Development Division for the Northwest through 1975. He continued to work until 1989.

Throughout Owen’s working years, he maintained his love of watercolor painting. He started painting again in earnest after attending Vernon Nye’s Watercolor Workshop in Yachats, Oregon in 1988. He became a member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters, Northwest Watercolor Society, the Eastside Fine Arts Association and the Mercer Island Visual Arts League. He loved teaching watercolor workshops and classes. Owen hoped he would be remembered for his watercolors, painted mainly of the Northwest in a way that viewers would feel the beauty and restfulness of the area.

Owen is survived by his three children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Dorothy, his wife of 66 years.

A celebration of Owen’s life will be held at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church 3605 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island on Friday February 22 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@mi-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.mi-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

[flipp]

More in Obituaries

Evea Lollie | Obituary

Evea Lollie passed away on Tuesday May 19th, 2020 at the age… Continue reading

VIOLET O. JESBERG

Violet O. Jesberg, of Mercer Island, died on February 28, 2020. She… Continue reading

JOHN GRAVES

John Graves, 92, a longtime resident of Longbranch, WA, and previously a… Continue reading

DAVID NEIL SYFERD

Dave Syferd was born on July 4, 1945, and died on February… Continue reading

CELINE CIMINO

Celine “CeCe” Cimino (Patricelli) passed away suddenly February 21st surrounded by her… Continue reading

JACQUELINE J. JOHNSON

Jackie Johnson went home to her Lord Jesus February 17 in Mercer… Continue reading

DAVID JOHN (DJ) CLARK

DJ passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on January 21,… Continue reading

GLORIA RAND

Born in San Francisco, California on November 8, 1925. Daughter of Mr.… Continue reading

KARIN A. PANGBORN

Karin A. Pangborn, of Mercer Island died in her home, surrounded by… Continue reading

Most Read