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In Memory of

John Emery Alton

August 1, 1929 - March 7, 2017

Obituary


A lifelong Boy Scout, community activist and volunteer, dedicated family man and perennial Husky fan, John E. (Jack) Alton, died peacefully on March 7, 2017 at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, with his family by his bedside.

Born in Seattle's Maynard Hospital on August 1, 1929, Jack lived in Seattle and Bellevue for all of his 87 years. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1947 and from the University of Washington in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business. Jack was a proud member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, maintaining...

A lifelong Boy Scout, community activist and volunteer, dedicated family man and perennial Husky fan, John E. (Jack) Alton, died peacefully on March 7, 2017 at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, with his family by his bedside.

Born in Seattle's Maynard Hospital on August 1, 1929, Jack lived in Seattle and Bellevue for all of his 87 years. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1947 and from the University of Washington in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business. Jack was a proud member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, maintaining many of his Alpha Delt friendships for life.

Jack was given his ROTC commission as a Second Lieutenant at graduation, receiving orders for active duty while planning his wedding with Arlene (Smith) Alton, his college sweetheart. He was stationed in Korea with the 425th Transportation Unit. Upon his return in June of 1953, he and Arlene settled in Seattle where Jack embarked on his first career as a homebuilder.

Jack reinvented himself professionally as circumstances and economics warranted. After building homes for 15 years, he began a new career as a stock broker at Dean Witter at age 41. He then became a banker for Seafirst Bank in 1975, first in the Investment Department and later as Branch Manager in Issaquah, a place and community he loved. He retired in 1991.

Jack always remained active in his community and church life, serving as past President of the Bellevue Lion's Club, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Issaquah Kiwanis Club. In 1990 he was named Business Person of the Year and Outstanding Citizen by the Issaquah Chamber. In retirement Jack and Arlene travelled the world, but Jack still found time to volunteer with the City of Bellevue and, later, as a "transporter" at Overlake Hospital, where he was awarded "Volunteer of the Year" in 2012.

Above all else, however, Jack will be remembered for his endless and devoted service to the Boy Scout organization. Beginning as a Cub Scout in 1939, he earned his Eagle Scout in 1945, spent his summers on the staff at Camp Parsons, and later became a Scoutmaster to his son Brian's troop, a District and Council Commissioner, and an Executive Board member of Chief Seattle Council and the Western Region of the Boy Scouts of America. Jack was given both the Silver Beaver and the Silver Antelope awards for his many years of service; honors that meant the world to him.

Jack leaves behind his bride of 65 years, Arlene, son Brian and his wife Jan of Dallas, daughter Marcia Layouni of Snohomish, and grandchildren David (Amy), Julie, and Thomas Alton, and Sami and Troy Layouni. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Alton and sister, Connie Snapp.

A celebration of Jack's life will be held at the Bellevue First United Methodist Church at 1934 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, on Sunday, March 19th at 2 PM. Contributions may be made in Jack's name to the Alzheimer's Association or the Boy Scouts of America.

Jack's family would like to express their special gratitude to the wonderful, loving staff at Sunrise of Mercer Island, who surrounded Jack with comfort and compassion during the final two years of his life.

Jack was feisty, stubborn, a seeker of justice and as loyal and honest as they come. He was well loved and will be sorely missed.