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Former Steilacoom Superintendent Art Himmler Dies In Eastern Washington Car Crash

Dr. Arthur "Art" Himmler served as Steilacoom Historical School District from 1994 to 2009.

(Editor's note: I just got this statement from the Steilacoom Historical School District regarding the death of former Superintendent Dr. Arthur "Art" Himmler)

 We are saddened to learn that Dr. Arthur “Art” Himmler, who served as Superintendent of the Steilacoom Historical School District from 1994 to 2009, died in a car accident in Eastern Washington today at age 68.

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Known for his good humor and quality relationships with a wide variety of community members and employees, Dr. Himmler served as superintendent during a period of much change for our District. While superintendent, he worked closely with the community to remodel or build all of the district’s current facilities, ensuring that all of our students have state-of-the art learning environments. Additionally, he led restoration of financial solvency to the District during a challenging time. He was instrumental in initiating one of the State’s first online education programs, making Steilacoom School District a pioneer in online learning. His service to the students, staff, and citizens of our school district was instrumental in creating a foundation for the great school system we have today. 

Dr. Himmler began his career as a music teacher in the Chicago area, taught music in Asia, later served as the Principal of Orcas Island Middle/High School and as the Superintendent in Carbonado from 1990 to 1994. He assumed the Superintendent role in Steilacoom in 1994. Upon leaving the Steilacoom Historical School District in 2009, he assumed leadership for the Omak School District where he has served until the present. He made a true impact in the lives of others, making a positive difference for innumerable staff and students as an educator and leader. 

Our condolences go out to Dr. Himmler’s family and all who knew him. He will be missed. 

When we receive information regarding his memorial, it will be communicated.

unknownauthor February 07, 2013 at 09:38 PM
I served on the school board with Dr Art Himmler for seven years (1997 to 2004). We enjoyed our many discussions and usually agreed 99% of the time. He was also our Kiwanis Club of Steilacoom president from 1999 - 2000. Dr Himmler leadership and strategic thought led to the rebuilding of our school district, enhancement of it's educational and athletic outcomes and so much more. Our community and the State of Washington will miss this great patriot. -- Dick Muri
Brent Champaco February 07, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Thanks for sharing those memories.
Jim Hills February 07, 2013 at 11:49 PM
For all of the eight years that I was on the Steilacoom School Board Dr. Himmler was the superintendent. He was an easy man to like and a joy to work with. He had a great sense of humor. I truly am saddened by his passing. We are all richer at his having passed this way and poorer for his being gone. I will truly miss him and the friendship that we maintained even after he left this area for Omak. -- Jim Hills
Marc Marcantonio February 08, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Roe and I are very saddened to hear this news. I was just thinking of Art while at a water conference in Yakima this morning, having ran into two waterworkers from Omak. We will always remember Art with a big smile on his face, and will miss his enthusiasm for all things outdoors. His loving family will be in our prayers. Marc and Roe Marcantonio
Beverly Trauba February 08, 2013 at 02:46 AM
So saddened to hear this news. I served with Art on many committees and boards during his time in Steilacoom and really admired his dedication to students, families, and staff. I also enjoyed his easy going ways and his great sense of humor. I remember evenings at his Oakbrook home eagerly awaiting the results of school elections. He will be missed. We send our prayers and condolences to his family. Bev Trauba
jaimie garrett February 08, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Art was a friend, mentor and amazing man. I spent countless hours volunteering with him and the board to restore voter confidence in the Steilacoom School District to pass bonds and levy's again. He brought communities together through strategic planning and concensus to rebuild the Steilacoom School District. He hired the right people and allowed them to do their jobs. Through these actions over a course of many years, greatness was restored. All our hearts are heavy, and this community lost a great leader, friend and man. He will be missed but never forgotten. Jaimie Garrett

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