Tallentyre Basil Sturdivant | 1925-2021

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Tallentyre Basil Sturdivant, born Aug. 14, 1925, in Klamath Falls, Oregon, died, April 5, 2021, in Anacortes, Washington.

Tal grew up with his family in Laguna Beach, California, where surfing, fishing and boating became his life-long passions. He attended U.C. Santa Barbara and served in the U.S. Merchant Marines in the South Pacific and Philippine Islands. Tal was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War and stationed in Karlsruhe, Germany, where he married Lee Stegall of Los Angeles in 1952.

Tal and Lee moved to Tucson, where Tal received a mining engineering degree from the University of Arizona, and their daughter Lisa was born. After graduation, the family moved to Santa Rita, New Mexico, where Tal worked as an engineer at the Kennecott Copper Mine. Their son Philip “Flip” was born in 1958 in Silver City, New Mexico.

Tal and Lee returned to the west coast in 1959 where Tal worked with the California State Highways San Diego. They lived near the beach in Del Mar, where Tal shared his favorite pastimes with his family. Lisa and Flip have great memories of Tal teaching them to surf /body surf and late nights surf fishing at the beach. In 1976, the family bought a 53-foot Wm. Garden designed ketch and Tal led his family on a sailing adventure to Baja and the South Pacific. Upon their return to San Diego, and upon the advice of new friends met along the way, Lee and Tal decided to move to the PNW.

They settled in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, in 1979, where Tal worked as an engineer with Washington State Ferries for the following 13 years.

Tal is preceded in death by his brother Peter Sturdivant. Tal is survived by his wife, Lee; children Lisa (Kevin) MacKenzie and Flip Sturdivant (Mary); grandchildren Brian (Sarah) MacKenzie, Molly MacKenzie, Macy Sturdivant; great-grandchildren Xander and Aria MacKenzie; his sister Mary Helene Halsey; brother-in-law Jim Stegall; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

With great appreciation for the loving staff of Caring Hearts Adult Family Home in Anacortes, Washington; and for the many kind gestures of our Friday Harbor and Del Mar families and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to California Surf Museum, Oceanside, California; or to the San Juan Island Library.