October 7, 1940 — May 25, 2019
Al Worthington, a beloved husband, father, and teacher, died Saturday, May 25, 2019. He was born in Richmond, MO on October 7, 1940, to Paul and Alice Worthington.
He moved to Spokane, WA, in 1942. He graduated from Lewis and Clark High school, in 1958.
He graduated from Graceland College, Larnoni, IA with an Associate in Arts, then graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Eastern Washington State College. Al received his Master of Science in Education. from Oregon College of Education, in Monmouth, OR in 1979.
He married, Gayle Elizabeth Nelson, the love of his life, on March 17, 1962. They moved to Oroville, WA, where Al began his teaching career, at the high school, teaching History. Three years later, Al and family, moved to Walla Walla, where he served as head of the history department, teaching social studies, geography, US history. NW History, sociology, psychology and driver’s education. After retiring, he was a substitute teacher for several years. He deeply cared for his students and wanted them to be excited about learning and succeed in whatever way was best for them.
He was an elder, in the Community of Christ church and for many years was a pastor of the Walla Walla congregation. He served not only members of his church, but many in the community with love and care.
In his spare time, he enjoyed camping, beach combing, flying stunt kites, gardening, fly tying and fly fishing with his father-in-law, children and grand-children. He and Gayle spent many hours walking. talking and loving being together_
Al is survived by his wife, Gayle, of 57 years; three children: Anne (Chuck) Shelley, Cheryl (Bryan) Jimenez, Bob (Bronwyn) Worthington; and grandchildren: Brent Kroeger, Jonathon Kroeger, David Worthington, Claire Worthington; his brother, Bill Worthington; three sister-in-laws: Robin Nelson, Linda Main (Herschel), and Karen Gard; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Al was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Alice Worthington; his in laws, Robert and Alice Nelson; brother, Lorne Worthington; and grandson, Matthew Nelson Kroeger.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Pioneer Park Garden Center at 1:30 pm on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name (in memory) to
jdrf.org; the leading organization for funding, type 1 diabetes research.