R. Blake Huttula


Blake died at home, surrounded by his family on November 13, 2012. He was born to Ruth T. Stines Huttula and Richard E. Huttula on June 11, 1922, in Aberdeen, Washington. Blake was raised in Elma, Washington and graduated from Elma High School in 1940. He graduated as a Registered Pharmacist, from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy in 1947, after serving his country in the U.S. Army in World War II.

Blake met Elizabeth (Liz) Rose Auer in Seattle in 1940. At the time, Liz was attending the Seattle University, School of Nursing. Liz and Blake married at the University Lutheran Church in Seattle on June 10, 1945. After the birth of their first child, Carl R. Huttula on August 18, 1947, they moved to Olympia, Wash. where Blake worked as a staff Pharmacist at the Gillette and Guffey Pharmacy. In the winter of 1949, Blake purchased the Elma Pharmacy from Roy Davidson and made Elma their permanent home. In 1971, Blake moved the Elma Pharmacy to its current location where he proudly worked until he retired in 1997, after 50 years. Most of Blake’s children and many grandchildren have worked beside him in his business throughout the years, providing each of them with a strong sense of responsibility and solid work ethic. His dream of keeping his business “in the family” was realized in 1988, when he sold the business to his youngest child Tom. At the time of his death, he delighted in the fact that he had grandchildren in college, currently pursuing the practice of pharmacy.

Blake was an active member of the local American Legion, VFW, Elma Chamber of Commerce, Washington State Pharmaceutical Association and St. Lukes Episcopal Church. Throughout his life Blake read many books, usually historical and political novels or religious readings that sustained his faith. He loved hunting and fishing with family and friends, yard work and gardening and spent much peaceful and private time working on family home and Lost Lake summer-home projects. Blake also loved all forms of music and was an accomplished jazz pianist and enjoyed playing alone and at family functions throughout his entire life. Blake was a loving family man who dedicated his time to helping and shaping the lives of his entire family with strong leadership and supportive guidance.

Blake was preceded in death by his son, Carl on May 16, 1968; and his daughter, Mary Beth on November 27, 2003. The premature loss of two of his children greatly affected Blake and everyone in his life. In particular, Blake’s life was impacted by the loss of his son Carl, who was highly decorated during the Vietnam War for his gallantry and bravery in saving the lives of several fellow soldiers. The pride and strength that Blake derived from his son’s courage in death, was permanently engrained in Blake’s character, his life and the legacy he left to all of those he knew.

Blake is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Elizabeth who lives at the family home in Elma; his two daughters Janice of Elma and Catherine of Ocean City, his son, Tom and his wife, Angie, of Elma; and 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012, at Whiteside Family Mortuaries in Elma followed by a funeral at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ema.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, any United States of America Veteran’s organization or the American Cancer Society.

Please visit and sign the online tribute to Blake at www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com

Arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.