Valentine Welman


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Valentine S. Welman - age 92 of Des Moines, WA, passed away on August 14, 2013 at Judson Park. He was born in Oklahoma City, OK on June 16, 1921, and moved with his family to Phoenix, AZ. Encouraged by his father, an architect, Val displayed an immense talent for drawing and painting from a young age, first painting watercolors of the Arizona desert. He attended Phoenix Jr College, Arizona State College (now ASU), the Art Center School in Pasadena, CA, earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts at the University of Denver in 1952, and an M.F.A. from the University of Colorado in 1954. Val taught art at the University of Colorado for two years, and at the University of Washington between 1954 and 1983 when he retired as an associate professor emeritus.

He served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific, where he was commissioned to do drawings of military installations for General McArthur's headquarters. Some of his many works of painting, drawing and sculpture are located at Monarch Contemporary Art Center and Sculpture Park in Tenino, WA. He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris (Muhlbeier), his parents, Valentine and Ida Welman, and brother, Robert Welman. He is survived by his sisters, Etta Jane Imboden of Amarillo, TX and Clara (Don) Barber of Prescott Valley, AZ, by brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Willard and Carlene Muhlbeier of Bellingham, WA, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.