In Memory

Phil Hull (Teacher)

Phil Hull (Teacher)

Obituary, from the Everett Herald,

Philip Houston Hull was born in Spokane, Washington on November 27, 1932 and passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 21, 2013 at his second home in Oro Valley, Arizona. He attended Hutton Grade School and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1951. While at Lewis and Clark, Phil met the love of his life, Helen Mann, whom he married in 1955. He played basketball for Hall of Fame Coach E. L. "Squinty" Hunter whose influence played a major role in his decision to become a teacher and basketball coach. Phil graduated from the University of Idaho in 1955 but was an official "Adopted Cougar" and loved WSU. Phil's 41 year teaching career in the Edmonds School District included Edmonds High School, Mountlake Terrace High School, and ultimately Meadowdale High School where he became the first Boys Head Basketball Coach. He taught U.S. History and coached basketball for the next 36 years. Affectionately known as "Frontier Phil," he shared his fascination of the American West with thousands of "scholars" over the years. Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mona Hull and grandson, Zachary Houston Pavish. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen; brother, Paul (Katherine) Hull; daughter, Carin (Tim) Pavish; sons, Bruce (Mary) Hull and Bill (Wendy) Hull; and grandchildren, Bruce Hull Jr., Andy Hull, McKenzie Pavish, Ben Pavish, Alex Hull, Evan Hull and Hailey Hull. A memorial with friends and family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Meadowdale High School Sports Booster Club, Coach Hull Fund, P.O. Box 5279, Lynnwood, WA 98046.

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12/25/13 01:24 AM #1    

Jerry Steele

Mr. Hull was the best history teacher I ever had ... and definitely in the top five of all teachers, including UW.

12/27/13 05:14 PM #2    

Anita Kain (Sokmen)

Besides doing a year of American History with him, I was his assistant our senior year, where I got to know him a bit more as a teacher-person. Besides sharing a love of history, I will always remember him as being thoughtful and kind, with a very sweet smile every day he walked into class.

12/28/13 02:36 PM #3    

Dick Horch

I did not have Phil Hull as a teacher, but he was my first varsity coach.

He was very patient with me when I made the wrong "moves" on the basketball court.....

& I made soooooo many.     I always liked him & appreciated the way he spoke to us.

He treated us so well, & we were really bad, especially me on defense.   I decided to "look him up"

about 3 summers ago.   I found him living in Edmonds.    His physical appearance was different

from what I remembered.  He had always been tall & fit, but he had been battling cancer

& looked very frail.   His voice was just the same.  We talked about life & basketball, his kids & my kids.

We laughed about some of the really dumb plays I made, & I told him about how Ray Ewing & I

had remained friends through the years.    Basketball was in his blood & he still loved going to

high school games.   It was a great visit.  I went home feeling a lot younger.  

He will be missed.  He was one of the really, really, nice men.

Dick Horch 

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