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Obituary: Berklund, Dr. Curtis John “Curt”

Age 83

BERKLUND, Dr. Curtis John “Curt” Curt passed away peacefully at his home in Greenacres, WA on April 5, 2013, at the age of 83. He was born in a log cabin in Fence, WI on June 22, 1929, to the late William and Olga Olsen Berklund. Curt graduated from North Park College, Chicago, IL and attended Michigan Tech University. He later received his Doctorate of Administrative Science from the University of Idaho. On an ice rink in Northern Michigan, Curt met the love of his life Adele Mars. Married three years later in 1950, they began their 62 year journey together. The saying “behind every successful man is a strong woman” could have been coined to describe their marriage. Curt was a ski jumper, college football player, ice hockey player, fisherman, hunter, logger, truck driver, avid trapshooter, rancher, pilot, businessman, public servant, and international consultant. In 1952 Curt and Adele moved to Cottonwood to log big pine timber in Idaho. Curt owned and operated sawmills in Cottonwood, Elk City, and St. Maries, Idaho. He relocated his family to Maryland when he was appointed by the President to serve in the Department of the Interior, eventually as the National Director of the Bureau of Land Management. After retiring from government service he and Adele moved to Spokane where he again became active in public service, including serving on the Spokane County Civil Service Commission, along with many other enterprises. Curt was generous and devoted to his friends and family. He loved spending time with his wife and family at trapshoots, on cruises, attending concerts and games at the Spokane Arena and hosting concerts at his home. Anyone who knew Curt would agree that he never did anything in a small way. Curt’s spirit, dedication, generosity, and love will be remembered by all. Curt was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, William Berklund, his sister, Jayne Hamel, and his grandson, Colin Wilson. He is survived by his wife, six children, Marian Chambers (David), David Berklund (Mary), Ruth Geer (Wayne), Dianne Wilson (Clyde), Jon Berklund, and Rebecca Baker (Eric), 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 11th from 4:00-8:00pm at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, 99206. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 12, 2013, at 2:00 pm also at Thornhill Valley Chapel. A reception will follow. Interment will be in Fence, WI.