Peter Kotula passed away in his sleep Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. He spent his final moments at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, after a day surrounded by friends and family. He is survived by his son Matthew Kotula, who temporarily stepped away from his job in Ohio to be with his father and watch over the estate.
Pete lived a life devoted to his passions. He worked tirelessly to explore the world around him, always striving to leave it a better place than when he arrived. He took an active role in society, making friends and building relationships with countless members of the community around him. He was a woodsman, hunter, skier, scout master, mechanic, man of faith, musician, fisherman and father. He leaves behind a legacy of tireless work ethic, sharp moral character and stubborn resilience that anyone who knew him will never forget.
Born Aug. 7, 1952, in Portland Oregon to Martcil and Sue Kotula. Pete was the middle child of five siblings. He had three sisters: Jane, Jil and Dixie, and one brother, Marty. He started his education at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic school, before moving to Gregory Heights public school, finishing high school at Highline public school and finally graduating with a trade degree from Green River Community College.
During this time, his father supported the family as an electrical engineer working for Bonneville Power and then the Boeing Company. It was admiration for his father that fueled Pete’s interest in mechanics and eventually led him to start his own business. Pete’s Auto Repair and Body Shop opened in the late ’70s, and served Pacific County for more than three decades. Offering oil changes, engine repair, painting and everything in between, Pete operated his shop almost entirely by himself.
In 1990, Pete became a father. The birth of his son reinvigorated a passion for Boy Scouts that started in his youth. Years of accumulated skill made him an invaluable asset to Troop 36, earning him a reputation as one of the most prepared scout masters in all of Washington. Under his guidance, the troop saw two boys earn the rank of Eagle Scout, including his own.
As Pete grew older his mobility went into sharp decline. His days of fixing trucks and riding motorcycles were behind him, but nothing could keep him from the great outdoors. Even in the last year of his life you could still run into Pete pulling firewood out of Mill Creek or hunting elk in the Willapa hills. Now that he has passed, he will rest peacefully in the Holy Family cemetery alongside his mother, father and older brother.
The service was held Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Frances, Washington.
Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond, Washington. You may visit www.StollersMortuary.com to leave condolences for the family.