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John Fitch, 85 - June 24, 2009


John L. Fitch, 85, of Edmonds, WA, formerly of Farnam, died Monday, June 8, 2009, at Sunrise Senior Living in Edmonds.
A private family cremation service has taken place.
Fitch was born in Farnam, the son of Loren and Helen Fitch. He moved with his family to Seattle, WA, in 1939.
He was a graduate of the University of Washington and received a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Fitch had served as ensign in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was united in marriage to M. Saradel Urch. The couple were married for nearly 59 years.
After receiving his doctorate in 1958, he joined Boeing in Seattle where he worked as a radar specialist. He was a principal radar specialist and troubleshooter on the AWACS program. He retired in 1985.
Fitch was a member of the Sigma XI Scientific Research Society and an avid reader of scientific journals.
He possessed many talents and interests, according to family members. He collected and restored antique clocks, watches, musical instruments and model trains.
Fitch was an avid camper, fisherman and boater, and enjoyed music, both classical and jazz. He played saxophone, clarinet, vibraphone and piano, and performed with many local groups and was a regular with the North Seattle Community College jazz bands for many years.
He was preceded in death by his cousin, Doris Smith, mother of Ardyce Bick of Moorefield.
Survivors include: his wife, Saradel; daughters—Claudia Fitch and Susan Fitch of Seattle; a son, Robert Fitch of Portland, OR; stepson, Eric Loken of Spring City, PA; sisters—Margaret Hogness and Mary Stevenson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington State, 12721 30th Ave. NE, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98125; and the Hospice Fund, Group Health Community Foundation, Dept. 4194, P.O. Box 34936, Seattle, WA 98124.

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