Board member dies unexpectedly

  Jack Pittis

Jack Pittis, a member of the APWA Board of Directors, died unexpectedly of heart complications at his home on February 3. He had been recovering from injuries resulting from a two-vehicle collision that occurred on January 31 in Kitsap County, Washington. He was 59.

Pittis graduated from Washington State University in 1969 with a degree in civil engineering. He became a Professional Engineer in 1974, a City Engineer in 1976, and Director of Public Works, City of Port Angeles, Washington in 1980, retiring in 2000. He had been involved in APWA activities for nearly 30 years and went through the chairs of the Washington State Chapter, becoming president in 1990. In 1993 he was named a Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year. He was truly committed to education and training at all levels of public works.

In addition to his duties as APWA Director of Region IX, Pittis was also a member of the Port Angeles City Council. He previously served on the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board, the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board and the Port Angeles Planning Commission.

He is survived by his wife Penny, daughters Amber, Courtney and Bonnie, and four granddaughters. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack's family at this difficult time," said APWA President Bob Freudenthal, who attended the memorial service. "We have lost a valuable member of our team who worked tirelessly for our association."