Hal Thurston

Hal Thurston This post will disappear on April 16, 2020


Mary Swenson’s loving husband, and our colleague Hal Thurston passed away, Saturday, March 14, 2020. Unfortunately, when Hal was diagnosed last month with a very aggressive form of Cancer, neither Hal nor his family had much time to adjust to the news or prepare for the journey.

Hal and Doug were sworn into the bar on the same day in the same court room in 1979. Two other lawyers were sworn in with them that day: Hal’s lovely wife, Mary Swenson and the Honorable Superior Court Judge Deborra Garrett. Judge Garrett was also a law partner with Hal for many years. The family and Hal’s close friends should be kept in your thoughts and prayers. Currently, cards rather than phone calls would be appreciated. The family is planning a memorial service later this spring or summer. No date is presently set in part due to the public health crisis.

Those of you who did not see Hal in court, missed a remarkable learning opportunity. Although both the undersigned counsel, over a 30 year journey, spent weeks in the court room watching Hal at work, we will remember fondly the opportunities to fellowship and ski with him; recently, at Whistler-Blackcomb on January 24, 2020. We believe whether you are on the waters of Puget Sound or the slopes of the Cascades, you will be followed by Hal’s deep spirit of adventure.

Hal’s firm asked us to include the following in this announcement: “All those who worked closely with Hal for so many years will miss him greatly.”

Doug Shepherd
Steve Chance

Editor’s note: The court and his clients will remember Hal as seen in the picture above. A distinguished and highly intelligent attorney. His friends and family will remember him like this.