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Alfred “Al” Massingale Memorial
Alfred “Al” Massingale Memorial

Alfred “Al” Massingale

Alfred “Al” Massingale

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

Alfred Allen Massingale, 80, passed away on December 14, 2021, at his home in Sedro-Woolley.  He was born on June 20, 1941, in Sylva, North Carolina, the son of Vernon and Myrtle (Jones) Massingale.

Al moved to the Birdsview area with his family in 1954 where he attended Concrete High School.  He served in the Army in the early sixties and was stationed in Ft. Carson, Colorado.  After the Army, he worked in the logging industry, driving truck for several companies, including B.A. Van de Grift, before going to work at Janicki Logging, where he worked until he retired.

In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting with his dogs and fishing the Skagit River.  In his later years, he enjoyed playing bluegrass music with several groups around the area, long drives and camping trips with his partner Shirley and caring for Shirley’s two greatgrandchildren.

Al is survived by four siblings, Lillian Wortham, Eldon Massingale, Herman Massingale, and Linda Shaffer; two children, Trisha (Massingale) Pearson and Russell Massingale; a son-in-law, Don Pearson; daughter-in-law, Jamie O’Donnell; two grandchildren, Michael and Daniel Pearson; his longtime partner, Shirley Hyatt, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Myrtle Massingale; four siblings, brother, JT Massingale, sister, Marie Little, sister, Olleen Massingale, who passed in childhood, and brother, Denver Massingale.

He was a kind man and a wonderful, caring father, and he will be greatly missed.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00, Tuesday, December 21, 2021, Hamilton Cemetery with Pastor Jim Cannon officiating.  Please share your memories of Al and sign the online guest register.


  • Newt H Scott SR

    Al was one of the legend of Skagit Valley logging and Bluegass in Skagit valley ! Rest in peace Al.

  • Ron thramer

    I worked with BIG AL when he drove the lowboy truck for janicki , when he stopped driving and ran a log loader I drove the lowboy truck. Then Jack Spaulding started calling me LITTLE AL. BIG AL hade a lot of one liners he was fun to work with . R I P BIG AL

  • Elena Harp

    Alfred was a close neighbor when I grew up in Birdsview. I loved listening to him play his guitar. He was like a big brother always teasing Linda and I.
    You lived a great life and will be missed.

  • Judy Harrison Clark

    So sorry to hear of your brothers passing Eldon…I hope you are happy & healthy & your many memories comfort you. Wade & I moved to Montana in May. God Bless

  • Dick Malsbary

    I grew up next door to Alfred and the entire Massingale family in Birdsview. Alfred was always one that I looked up to, for he was a good person.

  • Teresa Grover (DeeDee Ashe)

    Trisha, Rusty, Shirley and Family,
    I am so sorry to about Alfred’s passing. I know he lived a long and eventful life. I have known him my whole life, however I haven’t seen him in alot of years. One of my greatest memories was when he lived in Birdsview. My sister and I would ride his horses. One day we had just came back from a ride and I had on a pair of tenny shoes. Alfred said DeeDee where is your cowboy boots? I said I didn’t have a pair. Alfred said well you shouldn’t be riding in those. He ask what size I wore? I told him but didn’t think anything of it. A couple days later we were going to ride, We’re in the barn and here comes Alfred with a box, Straight faced hands it to me and said here I bought these for you. I didn’t know what to say. That’s the Afred I remember. I want you all to know you will be in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Afred I’m sure you are play music.

  • Bruce & Tera (Little) Rockett

    So sorry to hear about Uncle Al. Our condolences to the family.


    Rest in peace Alfred will always remember sitting out back tell stories of old times you were a great friend and will be missed

  • Sue Kutchick

    Alfred is going to be greatly missed . He was a great neighbor and an even better friend.


    Rest in peace Alfred will never forget our times sitting out back telling stories you was a great . I will really miss you