OBITUARY

John Presley Mucklestone

December 31, 1969December 31, 1969
John Presley Mucklestone passed away peacefully on December 2, 2003 with his family by his side. He was a Prominent Seattle attorney for 51 years, a leader in the community, and a pro tem judge, but most importantly, the devoted patriarch of his family. After admission into the Washington State Bar Association in 1952, he met and fell in love with Patricia J. Shanahan. The two were married in 1956 and together they established the well known Seattle law firm of Mucklestone & Mucklestone. During their 47 year marriage, John & Pat had four children, one is a successful artist who resides in California and the other three are attorneys who worked at the Firm. John and his brother Robert a Senior Partner at the Perkins-Coie Law Firm were raised by their parents Stanley and Dorothea in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle. After Stanley was transferred to California, John attended and graduated from South Pasadena High School. He volunteered, and proudly defended his country in the United States Army during World War II, serving as company commander in the 11th Airborne Division at the exceptionally young age of 21. Upon his return from the Army, John attended and graduated from the University of Washington, as well as the University of Washington Law School. In 2002, John was inducted into Honorary Membership Status, after 50 years in the Washington State Bar Association. John was also a devoted member the ?Lower Third Avenue? Bar Association, where he continues to attend meetings in Spirit. In the early 1970?s he was the attorney for ?Citizens Against Mandatory Bussing,? successfully defending the rights of Seattle Citizens to have their children attend their own neighborhood schools. He represented the National Bank of Commerce, Rainier Bank and many many other clients, large and small during the course of his practice. He was, and continues to be a role model and inspiration for his wife, children, grandchildren as well as for the many friends, clients, and other attorneys with whom he came into contact. He became the primary care-giver for his wife Patricia following her disabling automobile accident in 1986, after she awoke from an eight month Coma with a serious brain injury. He never wavered in his deep love and devotion to his beloved Patricia and their family. He loved listening to music and he was a great dancer. His favorite dance partners were his wife and his daughters. He loved vacationing in Hawaii, collecting stamps, reading, walking outdoors, playing games, solving puzzles, watching football, but most of all, he loved spending time with his family and being a lawyer. John is survived by his wife Patricia, his children: Jan, John Patrick, Jeannie, and James; his brother Roberts S. Mucklestone and 10 grandchildren. He will be deeply missed. John?s Funeral and a Celebration of his life will be held at Evergreen-Washelli, located at 11111 Aurora Avenue in Seattle at 12:00 noon on Sunday, December 14, 2003. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you share with us your favorite memories of our Dad. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Names Academy, Union Gospel Mission, Childrens Hospital, St. Josephs School, Happy Medium School, O'Dea High School, Seattle Prep or Seattle University School of Law. John will be buried in Arlington with military honors in a private ceremony the following day.

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