Tim Quinn dies at 62
Artist well known for murals, sculptures
by BRIAN GAWLEY
Renowned artist and Sequim Gazette cartoonist Tim Quinn was found dead in his apartment late Saturday morning, Dec. 19, from what appears to be natural causes.
“There’s no way to be certain until the autopsy but it appears to be natural causes. Foul play does not appear to be involved,” said Sequim Police Lt. Sheri Crain on Saturday.
An autopsy by the Kitsap County medical examiner tentatively was scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 22.
The autopsy is being handled by the Clallam County Prosecutor’s Office, which serves as the coroner in counties Clallam’s size.
Quinn’s body was discovered by Allen Drake, co-owner of the Sunshine Cafe, and John Duffy.
They went to check on Quinn, whose apartment is upstairs from the restaurant, because they hadn’t seen him for a few days, said Drake’s wife, Dianne.
When no one answered the door, Duffy crawled through an open window and found the body. She called 9-1-1, Dianne said.
The area around Quinn’s apartment, which includes the back entrances to the Sunshine Cafe and Sequim Gazette, was taped off until late Saturday night while police investigated.
“It took a while because we wanted to be thorough,” Crain said.
Quinn had been the editorial cartoonist for the Jimmy Come Lately Gazette and Sequim Gazette newspapers since 1984.
He previously lived in Huntington Beach, Calif., and on a farm northeast of Seattle.
Besides his cartooning, Quinn also was known for his wood carvings, some of which decorated the area outside his apartment.
He painted the “Olympic Visions” and “Sluicing the Hogback” murals in downtown Port Angeles and created the theme for the 100th anniversary of the Sequim Irrigation Festival.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary E. Quinn, who died in July 2007.
Besides his father, he is survived by his brothers William J. Quinn, of Auburn, and Peter J. Quinn, of Olympia; sister Katherine Fite of Fresno, Calif.; and a son Sean.
No formal service is planned although his friends are organizing a celebration of life to be announced. His black cat “Spooky” has been adopted by friends.
Tim Quinn was an artist and more
by BRIAN GAWLEY
Tim Quinn always knew he wanted to be an artist and judging by his extensive portfolio throughout Clallam County, he succeeded.
His work ranges from the “Olympic Visions” and “Sluicing the Hogback” murals in downtown Port Angeles to the logo for the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Cutty Hunk to numerous wood carvings and photographs to the now-destroyed sand cliff carvings on Miller Peninsula.
Tim was “super proud” of those carvings, said longtime friend Virginia O’Neil.
“He liked those because they irritated the authorities. He was proudest of the sign the state put up, ‘No carving of cliffs,’” she said.
“He was one of the most accomplished people I’ve ever met. He was a once in a lifetime character. Anyone who met him couldn’t help but be impressed by him,” she said.
He was born Timothy R. Quinn on March 17, 1947, in Hollywood, Calif. Tim grew up in southern California except for two years spent in Panama while his father, Jim Quinn, was serving in the military.
Tim graduated from Whittier High School in 1965 and spent four years as a U.S. Army medic during the 1960s.
He majored in graphic arts at Fullerton College while working as a valet at the Brown Derby and the Coconut Grove restaurants.
Then for six years, Tim worked as art director for Flexographic Printer in Los Angeles.
He also owned and operated Quinn’s Stained Glass in Huntington Beach, Calif., designing and building windows for celebrities.
His father said that as teenagers, Tim and his friends used to take the bus over to Hollywood, jump the security fences and try to meet celebrities.
“He always knew he wanted to be an artist. He always told his mother he wanted to be one.
“He had an eye for it. I was amazed every week when I saw the newspaper.”
Nor’wester Rotary Club president Doc Reiss said Tim always found a way to make something just a little bit better.
“When the Olympic Visions mural was damaged, Tim said, ‘I’ll do it again for the original price.’
Then he found a higher-grade paint developed by Disney that is fade-resistant,” he said.
“He always tried to work with the club and do what he could. He believed in bringing art to the community. We hear on a regular basis how wonderful our murals are.
I see people gathering to have their pictures taken in front of them and they also are part of the downtown heritage tours,” Reiss said.
Nothing can be done now about the still-unfinished Olympic Visions mural because of the current weather, so the club will contact other mural artists to see who is interested in taking the job, he said.
Jackson Smart of Jackson’s Sign and Graphics in Port Angeles said he first met Tim while in the U.S. Army in southern California in the 1960s.
“We met while at the Tracy Defense Distribution Depot. He was a medic and I was a firefighter. Then we didn’t meet again until we were both in Sequim.
“He had started to do artwork and as an artist I heard about him. We’ve been friends ever since and collaborated on several projects,” he said.
Sequim Gazette editor Jim Casey said Tim’s sometimes cockeyed but always clear view will be sorely missed.
“Tim didn’t bend his knee to anybody, especially people whose egos made them big targets. He called issues as he saw them and drew his cartoons with an honesty he could stand behind,” he said.
Besides being an artist,
Tim worked as a professional cowboy, lifeguard, sheep shearer, camp counselor, ambulance driver, movie extra and X-ray technician.