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Arlington's George Boulton passes away


March 28, 2018 | View PDF

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George Boulton

Local business owner, long-time Kiwanis member and involved Arlington community member George Boulton passed away on March 18.

He died from complications relating to cancer at the age of 81.

George spent a lot of his time working to improve Arlington.

"He really had a passion for the entire community," said David Boulton, George's son.

When George was around 50 to 55, David began taking over the family business, Flowers by George in downtown Arlington.

"That was when he was really able to do a lot more community service," said David.

Boulton was a fixture with the Arlington Kiwanis Club, a service club that focuses specifically on supporting the community's youth.

"He had a huge passion for the Kiwanis Club," said David.

George Boulton had been with the club for more than 45 years and recently he served as the Lt. Governor for the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis District.

He was also charter member for Arlington Dollars for Scholars, a local scholarship program for Arlington High School seniors.

There are number of other efforts that Boulton supported throughout his life as well.

"Back when they tried to pass a library bond he put a lot of effort in trying to get that passed," said David.

David said George's retirement was filled with Arlington community projects.

"He would be talking on the phone about Dollars for Scholars and finish his call and immediately pick it up again to call someone about a Kiwanis project," said David.

Boulton was originally from Silt, Colo., where he grew up on a cattle ranch.

In 1958 he graduated from Colorado State University after studying floriculture.

He would settle in Arlington in 1968 where he purchased a flower shop which would become the downtown florist shop Flowers by George.

"He didn't quite live long enough to see Flowers by George's 50th anniversary here," said David.

Customers appreciated George's passion for flowers, said David.

"He really captured the emotion of people and was able to express that through the gift of flowers," said David.

"I think people appreciated the hometown family business that supported the community," he said.

As an employer George helped a lot of locals with some of their first jobs.

"As a boss he taught a lot of people," said David. "Since he passed away on Sunday we've had former employees from way back come in and they say to me 'George taught me some of the basic life lessons."

David said George took that spirit of leadership to his other ventures, such as his time at the Arlington Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce (now the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce) or his time with the Kiwanis.

In 1968 when the Boultons came to Arlington David was just a child, so he said he spent a lot of time growing up in the downtown Arlington area.

"I've grown up in the family business and that is a lifelong memory I will cherish," said David.

"I just feel so blessed I've been able to work beside him all my life," he said.

George is survived by his wife, Annalee Boulton, and two sons, Kenneth Boulton and David Boulton.

A celebration of life service is planned for 6 p.m. on April 8 at the Linda M. Byrnes Performing Arts Center at Arlington High School.

Donations can be made in Boulton's memory to Arlington Dollars for Scholars at PO Box 43, Arlington, WA 98223.


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