Dean John Torkelson left us on February 11, 2022 at the age of 77.
Dean was born and raised in Everett, WA, by his parents Billie Torkelson Carpenter and Arthur (Tork) Torkelson who predeceased him. His younger sister, Mary, survives him. He spent his school years in Everett, WA, graduating from Everett High School in 1962. He then moved to Salem, Oregon, to attend Willamette University, where he pledged the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. After graduating with a degree in Economics in 1966, he went to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he earned an MBA. After college, he moved back to Seattle, WA, and began his career in municipal banking at Seattle-First National Bank (now Bank of America). Beginning in the Bank Investment Department, he progressed to Senior Vice President, eventually becoming Treasurer of Seafirst. Dean made a career move to Seattle Northwest Securities as Chief Administrative Officer, then became President. He was proud to have had the State of Washington and the University of Washington as his clients.
Dean with his first (and only) wife, Roseann, at Seafirst. They were married in 1972 and bought a house in Laurelhurst, where they lived for nearly 49 years. They have two children, John Torkelson and Molly Jones (Jay), and one grandchild, Jack Cannon (7). In addition to his family, Dean’s joys included US and European travel; a month each year in Palm Springs with sister, Mary DeMoss, and brother-in-law, Lanny; golf; reading; playing bridge; and time spent boating, crabbing, and playing rounds of “full-contact” croquet at his cabin on Guemes Island. He also enjoyed participating in his men’s group, book club, and foreign policy study group. Dean also gave back to his community. He served a four-year term on the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (Washington, DC) At different times, he was a board member of the Washington Council of Economic Education (becoming board president), Secret Harbor (serving troubled youth), and Invest in Youth (where he also tutored).
On January 30, 2022, Dean was struck by a car and critically injured. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he survived until February 11, without regaining consciousness. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service. His family wishes to convey their sincere appreciation to the doctors and nurses in the Harborview ICU who cared for Dean and also for us. We are also grateful for the love and support of his many friends. Any memorial donation could be sent to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, the Invest in Youth organization in Seattle, or to a charity of your choice.
February 11, 2022
Published by The Herald (Everett) from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2022.