Bruce Kingland

Bruce Kingland


Bruce died peacefully on Labor Day on San Juan Island.

He was born in Iowa and spent his formative years on the family farm. Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the army and eventually came to the Northwest, stationed at Fort Lawton. Following a tour of duty in Korea during the Korean conflict, he was discharged and returned to Iowa for education at Waldorf College and Drake University.

The lure of the mountains brought him back to the Northwest, his home for over 50 years. The finance business occupied his week days for 25 years before he turned to real estate appraisal, from which he retired.

But the mountains were his pleasure – hiking, skiing, and fishing. There he met his wife, Mary Ryan. They married and raised their two children, Scott and Jennifer, on weekends at the cabin he and his brother, LeRoy, had purchased in the late ’50s, near Crystal Mountain.

Bruce skied the mountains of the West, always coming back to Crystal Mountain where a run is named for him. When he and Mary moved to San Juan Island in 1995, the proximity to Whistler, B.C. lured him and he spent many winter week days skiing its runs.

To fill his summer days on San Juan Island he joined the San Juan Golf Club and participated in many Celebrity Classics. Bruce is survived by his wife Mary, his son Scott, daughter Jennifer Prewitt (Lee), granddaughters Audrey and Evelynn Prewitt and his brother LeRoy.

Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor or the American Heart Association.

— Family of Bruce Kingland