Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory

Fredrick H. Lartz, longtime resident of Washington passed away peacefully in home hospice care with his close friend, Brad Goodspeed, on May 29, 2019. He died from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Fred is survived by his daughter, Kimberlee Jan Galbraith, son-in-law, Richard Galbraith, grandchildren, Derek and Connor Galbraith of Simi Valley, CA; sisters, Sharon Nourse, Borrego Springs, CA, Elaine Zehm and Betty Simmons, both of Spokane, WA, nephew, Joseph Lartz and wife, Marcy, of Glendale, AZ, and nephew, Robert Lartz of Anaheim Hills, CA. He is preceded in death by his brother, Ralph A. Lartz and nephew, Daniel Lartz.

Fred was born in Kellogg, ID on February 1, 1929 to Rose and Herman Lartz. He attended Roosevelt High School in Seattle and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. In 1951, while stationed in Anchorage, AK, he met and married Helen Louise Harper from Memphis, TN who was working in Anchorage for the Federal Government. After his service, Fred and Helen relocated to the Seattle area where his only daughter was born. Fred and Helen were divorced, and Fred was remarried in 1975 to Margaret S. Armstrong of Olympia, Washington. They were married for 40 years before they divorced in 2015.

Fred worked for Pacific Northwest Bell and eventually AT&T and his early career moved the family around Washington state many times, including Seattle, Longview, Spokane, Walla Walla and Olympia. After Fred retired from AT&T he relocated to Eastern Washington spending time in Pullman, the Tri-Cities area and finally settling in Yakima.

Fred was an avid foodie and enjoyed the art of cooking and eating! He also loved sports, aviation, US history and politics. The consummate Washingtonian, he relished the outdoors, especially fishing, boating, oyster picking and clam digging. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him will remember his sweet, kind nature and sense of humor.

At the family’s request, there will be no services. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Fred may do so through the Bright Focus Foundation, for research on Alzheimer’s at https://www.brightfocus.org/donate. Brookside Funeral Home is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.brooksidefuneral.com.