G. Armour ‘Van’ Van Horn: May 27, 1953 – June 28, 2017

Van Horn

“Van” Van Horn passed away June 28 after a long struggle with cancer. He was born May 27, 1953, to James and Constance Van Horn in Ithaca, N.Y., where James was a graduate student at Cornell University. The family relocated to Port Angeles, Wash., in 1957.

During his youth, Van played competitive badminton, attending several Junior National Championships and winning a number of state and regional competitions. He was active in Senior Luther League at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church prior to graduating from Port Angeles High School in 1970.

A National Merit Scholar finalist, Van chose instead to launch the first of several businesses, Polaris Screen Printing, in Seattle in 1971. As a screen printer, Van was known for his creative problem solving, his encyclopedic knowledge of the craft, and his ability to inspire and lead his team.

They printed everything from T-shirts and bumper stickers to ice cream bars to overlays for medical equipment, including the 1976 Bumbershoot poster, with artwork by renowned artist Jacob Lawrence. In the early 1990s, his business life became technology-based as he researched and taught himself all he could about computers, websites, digital communications and networking.

As an adult, Van was active in politics, though never sought public office. He was also active in a number of churches, including the occasional preaching effort, most recently at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland.

His hobbies included photography, reading, singing (in and out of the shower), and all aspects of technology. His “Quote of the Day” website provided thousands of readers with a daily dose of history and appropriate quotes, until his illness intervened.

This warm, brilliant, stubborn, generous, funny man will be missed by his family and many friends. He is survived by his wife of 32 years Larkin Jean Van Horn; daughter Amelia Neighbors of Redmond, Wash.; grandson Muhammad BinAbdullah of Redmond, Wash.; mother Constance Duppenthaler of Port Angeles; sister Sharon Reuter of Seattle; brother Creighton Van Horn of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and three nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society, Providence Hospice of Seattle or the Whidbey Island chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

More in Obituaries

James A. Hartley: June 30, 1932 – Sept. 10, 2018

James A. Hartley passed away Sept. 10 at his home on Whidbey… Continue reading

Marcia Bergquist: 1949 – 2017

A memorial is planned for Sunday, Sept. 23, from 1-3 p.m. at… Continue reading

Donald Keith (Babe) Alexander: June 11, 1931 – Sept. 4, 2018

Born in Plainview, Neb., on June 11, 1931, Donald Alexander passed away… Continue reading

Gerard Fritz Schreuder: April 4, 1937 – Sept. 4th, 2018

On Sept. 4, 2018, our beloved husband, dad and Opapa, Gerard Fritz… Continue reading

Clifton A. Melling: Nov. 18, 1930 – Aug. 4, 2018

Clifton Alan Melling, age 87, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 4 at… Continue reading

Sidney (Sid) Iverson: July 31, 1933 – Aug. 18, 2018

Sidney Iverson, 85, of Seattle, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by… Continue reading

Gerald John Maxwell: Dec. 14, 1931 – Aug. 4, 2018

Gerald John Maxwell, 86, passed away on Aug. 4, 2018 after a… Continue reading

Ivan Little Jr.: Oct. 20, 1932 – Aug. 12, 2018

Ivan, scion of one of Whidbey Island’s oldest pioneering families, bravely passed… Continue reading

Carl R. “Dick” Eisenbrey: March 1, 1926 – July 8, 2018

Carl R. “Dick” Eisenbrey died on July 8, 2018, in Coupeville. He… Continue reading

Most Read