Amos Ross Black, DDS

Feb. 9, 1928 – Jan. 25, 2019

Amos Ross Black passed away 25 January 2019, age 90, of natural causes. He was born 9 February 1928, in Bremerton Washington, the oldest son of Amos Ross Black and Mary Victoria Black (Munro). Amos spent his youth living on Bainbridge Island (Crystal Springs) playing on the beaches and in the woods with his brother Truman, his many cousins, and the members of the Crystal Springs Consort. He graduated from Bainbridge Island High School with the class of 1946, and soon after, joined the US Army, where he served as a member of the World War II occupation forces in Asia. He was a cannoneer, rated “expert” with his M1, and was awarded the “Army of Occupation” and the “World War II Victory” medals. Following his service in the US Army, Amos enrolled in the University of Washington where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1954. He practiced dentistry in Seattle, with a natural gift for restorative dentistry, until his retirement in 1996, where upon he returned to Crystal Springs to unite with old friends and continue the “Poker Club” tradition. As an avid UW alum, he supported the Dawgs on the gridiron and served as a laboratory instructor at the UW Dental School. Amos married Joan Marie McDermott in 1958, and they raised their family of five children in the Richmond Beach neighborhood of north Seattle. Amos loved to hunt, fish, alpine ski, and hike in the mountains. He was a passionate waterfowler though disastrous with his duck call. He taught his kids to ski and fish for trout, and possessed the parental calm to have all five of them in one boat, each with a rod, at the same time, and to lace five pairs of leather ski boots in the Alpental parking lot without complaint. He most enjoyed fishing British Columbia’s Caribou region with his professional colleagues in Doc Spratley’s Gold Foil Study Club, hiking to the high lakes of the Cascades and Olympics with his kids, and plying the salmon-rich waters surrounding Washington’s Tatoosh Island with his close friends “Tink” and “Sandall.” Amos had a knack for detail work and possessed unusual manual dexterity. On Saturday he might have been field stripping the carburetor of his trolling motor (with no parts lost) and on the next weekday crafting a fine fitting gold crown for one of his patients. He was a joyous man with many fine friends and family members whom admired his sense of humor and his never ending curiosities. Amos is preceded in death by his older sister, Janet Wall, his younger brother, Truman Black, and his companion of many years, Bebe Watson. He is sorely missed and is survived by his five children, Mary J Black (Tor-Jan Ronhovde) of Kirkland, Wash., Ann Marie Loree (Howard) of Littleton, Mass., Amos R Black (Tirrell) of Cheney, Wash., Jennifer B Goldsmith of Kirkland, John S Black (Susan) of South Cle Elum, Wash., nine bright grandchildren (the little FA’s), and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. A celebration of life will be held 1-4 pm, 29 June 2019, at the Island Center Community Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Road, Bainbridge Island. All are welcome. Please come.

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