Passages: Calvin Van Cleve Cantrill

Calvin Van Cleve Cantrill

Calvin Van Cleve Cantrill went to be with the Lord on October 12, 2008. He was 82.

Cal was born March 14, 1926 in Seattle, Wash., to Calvin Van Cleve Cantrill Sr., and Margaret Elizabeth Cantrill.

Cal grew up in the Seattle area and went to school in the Ravenna School District. He married June Ruth Sickles on April 23, 1943.

Cal enlisted in the Navy on Jan. 10, 1944 and was honorably discharged on March 6, 1947 from the Naval Station in San Diego, Calif. He received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Cal and June returned to Washington in 1947 and resided on Lake Kathleen near Renton, raising their four children. He worked as a facilities manager for The Boeing Company and retired in 1971. Following the death of his wife, June, on Dec. 31, 1981, Cal moved to Friday Harbor in 1993 and later married Peggy Linda Robinson in November 1999.

Cal was a wood craftsman and was very talented at making furniture, not only for his home, but for others. He loved to play the guitar, golf, boat, fish and take his family camping. Every summer, Cal would take his family to somewhere on the Olympic Peninsula, Whidbey Island, or the San Juan Islands. He would always catch and bring home fresh salmon, which he smoked in a smoke house he had built at the family residence on Lake Kathleen.

Cal was a Cub Scout leader for his son’s troop and was a member of the American Legion in Friday Harbor. He loved animals and is preceded in death by his beloved dog, Aussie, and survived by his dogs, birds and cat.

Cal is preceded in death by his daughter, Lynn Marie Cantrill, who passed at age 7; his mother, Margaret Elizabeth Gaia, who passed at age 91; and his grandson, Michael Van Cleve Migas, who passed at age 22.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Linda Cantrill; his children, daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Migas and her husband, Bernie, of Knoxville, Tenn.; son, Robert Deane Cantrill, Auburn, Wash.; daughter, Debbie Ann Treise and her husband, David, of Friday Harbor; and Cal’s two grandsons, Brian B. Migas and Jonathan B. Migas, of Knoxville, Tenn.

At Cal’s request, no services will be held. His ashes will be dispersed in the waters of the San Juan Islands. Memorials may be made to the Animal Welfare Institute, Friday Harbor, (360) 378-8755.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Cal, sign the online guest register at