Elmer "Bud" Murl CritchfieldApril 23, 1927 ~ June 2, 2017 (age 90)
Elmer Murl "Bud" Critchfield passed away Friday, June 2, 2017.
The firstborn of Elmer and Vivian, Bud came into the world on April 23, 1927, in Sekiu.
He grew up playing on the log booms in Clallam Bay and as a teen worked as a choker setter in his father's logging operation. During the three years he attended Lincoln High School in Seattle, Washington, Bud played tenor saxophone in Stanton Patty's Chevaliers, a popular Seattle big band. He continued to play his horn when he joined the Army.
After his discharge, he married his high school sweetheart and attended the University of Washington, where he received a degree in forestry. In 1953, Bud rented space in a vacant hangar at the county airport in Santa Rosa, California, and began making residential doors. A few years later, he was the president of California Wood Products, a thriving automated factory mass-producing doors by the carload.
Bud eventually retired to Port Angeles. He was elected to a term as Clallam County port commissioner and was instrumental in the construction of the John Wayne Marina.
He was a member of the Jazz in the Olympics Society and worked to bring Dixieland Jazz to Port Angeles. He also worked tirelessly to the end of his life to organize and promote youth jazz on the Olympic Peninsula. He volunteered as a hospice caretaker and was part of the group that started Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County.
During the latter part of his life, Bud lived in Sequim and was a resident of the Fifth Avenue Retirement Center at the time of his death.
Throughout his long and satisfying life, he enjoyed the thrill of flying small airplanes and the relaxing pace of boating in the San Juans, and most of all, he loved his children, his grandchildren and especially the love of his life, his great-granddaughter, Amelia Marie Critchfield.
Bud was preceded in death by his father and mother, and his sisters, Elsie Judd and Joan Steinmetzer.
A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane, Sequim.
The family thanks the management and staff of the Fifth Avenue Retirement Center for their exceptional care and consideration.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362-6222.