Alan Robert Worthington

July 22, 1947April 4, 2018
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Alan Robert Worthington was born on July 22, 1947 in Topeka, Kansas and passed away on April 4, 2018 in Shoreline, Washington


  • Celebration of Life Monday, April 16, 2018

Alan Robert Worthington

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Kent McNeil

April 22, 2018

I met Alan in Santa Cruz, California, in 1969. He was one of my very best friends for almost 50 years. We didn't see one another often because we lived far apart, but when we did get together the same close connection was always there. We went for walks and talked about the important things in life: relationships, children, spirituality. Alan was an inspiration to me. I will miss him greatly - more than any other friend because he was my spiritual soulmate. It is hard to believe I will never see him again. I will always remember how kind, generous and caring he was, always thinking of others. My heart goes out to his wife Janet and his sons Travis and Spencer.

Anika Amdahl

April 13, 2018

Mr. Worthington was a regular substitute teacher for my school, International Community School. My regular teacher was gone often due to health issues, and it was almost always guaranteed that Mr. Worthington would be there. He was different than all of the substitutes that we had, and since he was here so often that it felt like he was just another normal teacher who was here every day. There were kids that were more rowdy during class, who wouldn't pay attention for long periods of time and would talk more often. However, he wasn't the kind of person to yell, or get upset easily, and that was one of the reasons why we ended up having a lot of respect for him by the end of the year. Every day Mr. Worthington was here was a good day.
Personally, Mr. Worthington made a huge impact on my year. He really made my history class an adventure. Although I loved my regular teacher too, I genuinely enjoyed having Mr. Worthington as a teacher, even if it was just for a day. I was extremely sad and upset to hear that he had passed. He was special to me and I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that he will be missed at our school. It was truly an honor to know Mr. Worthington and I'm fortunate to have the memories that I have.



Alan was born July 22 1947, in Topeka, Kansas, to Dr Robert Langhorn Worthington and Frances (Taylor) Worthington. They moved to Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle when Alan was 2 years old. They then moved to Bellevue, WA. Alan went to Sammamish high. He then went to UC Santa Cruz. He attended San Diego state for graduate school and got his Master’s Degree in Social Work. He loved to study alternative psychology, including Neuro Linguistic Programming, Hypnosis, and Philosophy. He worked for the US Post Office, and for California clinics. He met Janet Way in 1973 and they married in January 1978. Their son Travis was born in 1980. They moved to Seattle, and started Janet’s art business, Metamorphix, which he helped administer. Their son Spencer came along in 1986. He went back to school to get his teaching certificate at SPU, and substitute taught at Northshore and Lake Washington school districts. He worked at Seattle farmers markets for Appel Farms, and later for Olsen Farms, where he spent ten years.

He loved watching Washington Sports, especially Mariners Baseball, Husky Football and Gonzaga Basketball. He loved classic rock and country music. He played a mean ping-pong game. He was owned by many cats, including Charlie, Domino, Shrimp, Tiger, Whereabouts, Whatnot, Rapscallion, Ruffian, and Scalawag. He enjoyed politics, reading books, stand-up comedians, movies, and self-deprecating humor.And his hobby was making beautiful stained glass windows!

He loved his wife, his sons, and his granddaughter Ivy. He loved life, but knew the world as temporary and illusory. He saw beyond the vale. His personality was driven by compassion, because he knew that within us lives the spark of the divine, that we are everyone, and they are us. He saw the world as beautiful, and the people in it as good, because he was good, and it couldn’t have been anything other. He worked and struggled for years to write and publish two books, on understanding the universe and oneself, “Be The Ball” and “The Very Last Self-Help Book.”. On a speck of dust, floating in a sunbeam, we are all that we have ever known. We are stardust. And yet we each reach upwards, ever searching for meaning. He knew we were just searching for ourselves.

We invite everyone who cared about Alan to attend his Celebration Of Life gathering Monday, 4/16/18 at McMenamins Anderson School, Bothell, WA, 6-9 pm.

Please visit Alan Worthington Legacy site.