Alfred H. Flagg

Al was born to Charles and Carmen (Libby) Flagg on March 23, 1941, in Twisp, and passed away at home on June 21, 2017.

At the age of 17, Al enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving our country in Germany and spending many hours guarding the Brandenburg Gate. He was very impressed by the friendly nature of the German people and by their beautiful flower boxes.

After returning from the Army, he married Barbara Mifflin and they had one daughter, Tracy LeAnn Flagg. Al had a variety of jobs, all of which included driving trucks. He owned his own logging company and during his down time, hauled grain from the east side of the state to the west side for shipping. He drove chip trucks for the local sawmill, and fuel tanker trucks for King’s Tire Service. In his earlier years he worked part-time for King’s in the tire shop. He worked for and retired from the Okanogan County Road Department.

During all those years, Al found the time to volunteer for the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Posse, and became one of the few that were called upon to do search and rescue missions. Al, with his expert knowledge of the mountains, would get up in the middle of the night and with his dad Charlie and/or brother Bill and sometimes a local sheriff, and ride out in the dark to aid someone in need.

He also found the time to raise hay, feed cows and horses along with working on his farm equipment.

Al loved the outdoors and later in life enjoyed his trips outside the valley, going south for the month of March with his companion Lynn Clark. However, he was always ready to come home. The hard work but low-key character of the valley was where he was most comfortable.

Al is survived by his daughter, Tracy, son-in-law Jimmy Gariano, of Winthrop; two granddaughters, Ashley Steinberg and Sydney Gariano; and one great-grandson, Parker Steinberg, of Palm Desert, California.

He is also survived by his longtime companion, Lynn Clark, and her children who were dear to Al, son Chad Clark and daughter Leah Clark; five grandchildren, Ayla and Isaac McDonald, Ginny, Finn and Sawyer Clark, of Bellingham, Washington; two brothers, Arnold Flagg, of Fife, Washington, and Bill (Bonny) Flagg of Hayden Lake Idaho; two sisters, Kathy Blackford of Shelbina, Missouri, and Launa (Mike) Ownby of Twisp.

Al was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, mother Carmen, father Charles, stepmother Karen Flagg, and brother-in-law Harry Blackford.

A celebration of life will be held on Aug. 5, 2017, at The Barn in Winthrop at 1 p.m. The family would like to invite you to a potluck dinner following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that you send a donation to the Twisp Community Center, Twisp Eagles Scholarship fund, or to a charity of your choice.