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Clinton Milan Rost
March 25, 1928 - June 15, 2012
Clinton Milan Rost was born March 25, 1928, in Ulen, Minnesota. At age 14, the family moved to Seattle. Clint graduated from Lincoln High School in 1946 and immediately entered the armed forces. He served in Korea as a Squad Leader in the U.S. Army First Infantry until December 1947. Later, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, serving an additional eight years. Clint graduated from the University of Washington in 1952 with a BA in General Business, adding a BS in Accounting in 1962.
The first member of his family to attend a university, Clint never forgot his educational experiences. He remained active in the Lincoln High Alumni Association, most recently chairing his 60th and 65thclass reunions. Clint was a lifetime member of the UW Alumni Association and President’s Club. GO HUSKIES!!!!
Clint had the great fortune of a career where he was able to combine his business and financial expertise with a belief in social justice. He spent many years in the not-for-profit sector, including serving as Comptroller of the Children’s Home Society of Washington and Director of Allocations for United Way of King County. Clint was a guest lecturer at the UW Graduate Schools of Business and Social Work, where he instructed in not-for-profit budgeting and financial reporting. In retirement he served on several not-for-profit organization boards.
As a youth, Clint fully enjoyed the advantages of living in the Northwest. He was an avid hiker, climber & camper. He also loved fishing & skiing. Clint was proud of the wooden Geary 18 Flattie Sailboat he built from plans, while in his twenties. He enjoyed sailing the Flattie around Lake Washington, often camping with friends. This 18-foot “trophy” was later refurbished and enjoyed with his children until proudly donated to the Center for Wooden Boats. Later in life, he showed his talents in gardening, furniture restoration, general construction & maintenance. He also pursued his interests in archeology & ancient history through reading & travel.
Clint’s backyards were Certified Wildlife Sanctuaries, where backyard birding were his & Sherill’s focus. He particularly enjoyed building birdhouses with grandchildren, using recycled wood. He loved to cook, especially on his charcoal grill and was well known for his Norwegian Delicacies presented as a “Koldtbord”. Clint always appreciated a keen sense of humor. He could remember and deliver innumerable jokes and clever verses germane to any situation.
Family was more important than anything to Clint. He will be well remembered by his extended family in America & Norway. Clint is survived by his long-time companion Sherill; children David & wife Liza, Kathleen & husband Brian, Jeannette; grandchildren Melinda, Morgan & Jerry; sister Dorthy. He is predeceased by parents S. Clifford Rost & Myrtle Hogenson Rost; sister Ely; brother David; former wife Ann.
On June 15, 2012, Clint died peacefully with his family beside him, after 84 well-lived years.
A Celebration of Clint’s Life will be Saturday, June 30, from 3 to 6 @ his home. His wishes were for friends & family to enjoy the garden, share stories while partaking in some of his favorite edibles and depleting his beverage inventory.
Please make memorials to the “Sherill Crawford Anderson and Clinton M. Rost Endowed Student Support Fund in Labor Studies, Harry Bridges Chair and Center for Labor Studies, University of Washington”, c/o UW Office of Planned Giving, PO Box 359505, Seattle WA 98195-9504.