Andrew Magnuson Jr.

April 10, 1930July 30, 2021

Andrew Magnuson 1930–2021

Andrew “Andy” Magnuson was born to Rev. Andrew Magnuson and Clara (Alm) Magnuson in McPherson, Kansas, on April 10, 1930. He had a younger brother, named James Richard Magnuson.

In his high school age years the Magnuson family lived in the mid-west states. Andy graduated from Butte High School in 1948. He then attended Montana School of Mines, in Butte, for his first year of college.

In 1951 he joined the U.S. Army Reserve Corps, where he served as a reservist for eight years. He earned his stripes and became a sergeant first class.

Andy graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1953, and he then went on to graduate school at the University of Washington. He had a teaching career that spanned thirty-nine years. He first taught for two years at Dryden, Washington, as an elementary school teacher. He then worked for thirty-seven years in Seattle Public Schools: as a sixth grade teacher, as a Title I specialist, and as an elementary school counselor.

In 1958 Andy married Isabelle Weitemier and they had three children: Andrew Craig, Carl Alan, and Kristin Ann. He also has three grandchildren: Sarah Magnuson, Emma Klootwyk, and Jacob Henderson.

Andy and Isabelle lived in the home that they bought in 1958, for the next sixty years. The neighborhood where they lived eventually became part of the City of Shoreline. They moved to Ida Culver House Broadview in January 2019.

Andy and Isabelle were members of University Presbyterian Church, in Seattle, for many years. Andy volunteered at UPC as the director of children’s ministries, as a deacon, and as an elder.

Andy enjoyed camping and hiking and—for thirty-six years—many fun weekends at the family cabin, co-owned with another family, in the Cascade Mountains.

Andy passed away on July 30, 2021, and he is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.


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Andrew Magnuson Jr.

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Laura Weese

September 13, 2021

I remember Mr. Magnuson when he was a counselor at John Muir Elementary School in Rainier Valley in the 1960s. My three children were just starting school. John Muir had been a mostly white school but was now attempting to integrate many new Black students whose families had moved into the neighborhood. Parents worked together to persuade the school to adapt to the change and Mr. Magnuson (as we called him) was always very helpful! I'm glad to read he stayed on with Seattle Public Schools as a teacher after elementary school counselors were eliminated by budget cuts.
Laura Weese

Nancy Schuldt

September 13, 2021

I have so many fond memories of Andy! I knew him at University Pres where he could always be counted on for a friendly greeting, big smile, and readiness to help. Andy was a faithful volunteer in my office there for many years. We enjoyed so many good conversations. Well done, good and faithful servant!