Passed July 19, 2012 at his home in the Spokane Valley.
Leighton was born May 18, 1926 on the family farm near Tekoa, Washington to Julius Robert “Bob” and Ruth Evelyn (Allen) Pittmann.
He graduated from Latah High School and in March, 1946 he married L. Jean Hubner of Oakesdale and they moved to the Yakima Valley.
After twenty years and six children, they returned to the Inland Northwest and settled in the Spokane Valley.
Leighton was a salesman, spending years at Modern TV & Appliance and retiring from Dye Hawley.
At the urging of his brother-in-law, Leighton became a ham radio operator in 1955, thereafter being known as K7QHZ to his many friends around the world.
An extension of his early years of farming near Latah, he loved gardening, and shared many plantings which live at the homes of his family, friends and neighbors.
Jean passed in December of 2009, and Leighton recently made his home in an independent living unit at Sunshine Home Facilities.
Leighton is survived by his children Linda Quick (Bob) of Vancouver, WA, Don (Sandy) of Vale, OR, Martin (Cathie) of Gilbert, AZ, Louise Fendrich of Spokane, Steve (Val) of Santa Cruz, CA, daughter-in-law Kathie Pittmann of Anchorage, AK, sisters Bethel Pittmann and Ethlyn Christenson (Jim) both of Yakima, 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Leighton was predeceased by his wife of 63 years Lola “Jean” and son Dennis of AK.
Interment will take place at a later date at West Hills Memorial Gardens, Yakima.
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