Jack E. Cattin
June 28, 1925 ~ July 21, 2014
Jack Eugene Cattin, age 89, died peacefully at his Seattle, WA residence on Monday, July 21, 2014, with his family at his side. Jack was born June 28, 1925, in Alva, OK to Clarence and Frances Cattin, a family of five brothers and one sister. Jack was the longest surviving member of his family from Oklahoma, having decided to take advantage of medical technology in 1981 and again in 1996.
Jack volunteered with two brothers and joined the United States Navy at the beginning of WWII. He became a navy corpsman, serving stateside and later in the South Pacific 19 months continuously until the end of the war. Following his honorable discharge in 1945, Jack and his new bride, Eleanor, moved to Missouri to begin his lifelong passion of working in the millwork profession. In two years, the climate of Columbia, MO proved less than agreeable, prompting a move to North Central Washington. Wenatchee became their home, where they raised a family of four boys. Jack began working for a young cabinet company, Mission Street Cabinets, which became Cusicks, Inc. He spent 17 years as superintendent of construction, building many projects in the Valley and across eastern Washington. Jack was very proud of his work and declared he would not do any work he could not put his name on. His last construction project was the new Saint Joseph’s Hospital for a Spokane contractor, which later became known as Central Washington Hospital, completed in 1965.
Jack and Eleanor started Columbia Woodwork in 1966. With the success of their business and health concerns, he retired in 1979. They divided their time between homes in Seattle and Hawaii for a number of years. Building a home in Port Orchard, he returned to his passion of woodworking, creating rocking horses for grandchildren and exquisite wooden gifts of every description for family and friends.
Jack is survived by his wife of 71 years, Eleanor; sons, Jack Jr. (Elizabeth), Bill (Rita) and Pat Cattin; grandchildren, Hilary, Shawn, Josh, and Lindsay, Christopher and Samantha, Jasper, Jorgan, and Jenica; great-grandchildren, Meagan, Hagan, Nate and Ethan; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Andrew in 2009; infant daughter, Leslie; and lifelong friend, E.R. Mulkey.
There will be a Celebration of his Life on Friday, August 1, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at BONNEY-WATSON Capitol Hill, 1732 Broadway, Seattle, WA. Please sign the guest book at www.bonneywatson.com.