Editor’s Note: South Puget Sound News has learned that Dr. Art Himmler has passed away. The Steilacoom Historical School District sent out the following statement:
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.
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 on 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.
The Omak-Okanogan County Chronical reported that Himmler was killed in a one-vehicle crash at 7 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, while on his way to Wenatchee for an educational meeting.
You can read their coverage, linked here.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Himmler family, and to his many friends and colleagues, on both sides of the Cascades.