Allen James Bruun


Allen James Bruun, age 79, a resident of Hoquiam, died on Aug. 5, 2021, at Harbor Regional Health Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington. Al Bruun was born on Feb. 16, 1942, in Seattle, Washington to Finn Arnljot Bruun and Beulah Clarissa (Lien) Bruun.

After his graduation from high school in 1960, he joined the U.S. Navy and served a tour of duty as a jet mechanic on the aircraft carrier, USS Midway, just prior to the Vietnam conflict becoming official. After his discharge, he returned to Seattle where he worked as a machinist for Stetson Ross Machine Company for 15 years.

He married Jeannette Barr in 1973 and they pooled their three children, Vic, Angela and Karla. In 1976, they adopted a third daughter, Zi. Then in 1978 they moved their family to acreage in rural Lewis County. He worked as a machinist for a timber company and they adopted their last child, Maura.

He began helping out at school with the band after being downsized, was hired as an aide, and resumed college at St. Martin’s University getting his degree in special education. After substitute teaching in several schools in their vicinity, he was hired at Hoquiam High School and moved the family to Hoquiam. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Portland and taught until retiring in 2004.

Al had been a member of Saron Lutheran Church and an active member of the Grays Harbor Coin Club and the Hoquiam Lions Club, of which he was a Melvin Jones recipient.

In the last couple of years he and his siblings became much closer to their eight first cousins and they met monthly on Zoom, where they told stories on each other from their childhood. They also shared their memories of the history of their grandparents coming from Norway.

He is survived by his wife Jeannette of Hoquiam; five children: Vic Simpson, Angela Martinsen, Karla Cockbain, Z Black and Maura Bruun; his sister, Marilyn Bohag, two brothers, David and Karl Bruun; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and of course, his eight cousins.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Saron Lutheran Church in Hoquiam.

The family suggests that remembrances be made to the Saron Lutheran Church Steeple Fund, P.O. Box 517, or to the Lions Eye Institute, 1410 N. 21st Street, Tampa, FL, 33605.

Cremation arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam.

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