Arthur L. Lothrop, 72
WASHINGTON — Arthur L. Lothrop, 72, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 after a long, tough battle with ALS.
Art was born Sept. 5, 1944 in Portland to Arthur and Amy (Farrington) Lothrop. He graduated in 1962 from Bridgton High School, and went on to serve four years in the Air Force. After completing his tour of duty, Art attended Lewis and Clark College in Lewiston, Idaho where he completed the Law Enforcement program. Upon graduation, he went to work with the Pullman Police Department, where he worked until picked up by the Washington State Patrol. Art worked out of the Bellevue State Patrol Office the first half of his career. In 1982, he transferred to the Colfax Detachment of the WSP, where he worked and raised his family until his retirement in 1994. In 1995, Art returned to the State Patrol as a civilian with the vehicle inspection program. After leaving the inspection program in 2001, Art spent a year with Colfax Grange before going to work for Whitman County Juvenile until he started having health problems.
Art and Kathy were married in 1980 and raised their three children in Colfax on Prune Orchard Road, where many memories were made. A large garden, horses, cows, chickens, dogs and cats kept them all busy. They stayed busy with the activities their children were involved in, in and out of school, managed to fit in camping trips and ended summer for many years at the Palouse Empire Fair with various animals and other projects.
One year after moving to their retirement home in Cheney, Art was diagnosed with ALS. Three years later, as the ALS progressed, they moved to western Washington to be close to their children and grandchildren — love of their lives!
Art is survived by his wife Kathy; children Arthur Lothrop, Darcy Grimm and Jason Lothrop; five grandchildren; two brothers, Chris Lothrop and Tom Lothrop; and many nieces and nephews.
Art was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Amy of Bridgton; and sister, Christina Lothrop Buretta of Westford, Mass.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Hockinson Community Church in Brush Prairie, Washington on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Art’s request is to make donations to the ALS Association or Union Gospel Mission.