Former Pirate Art Ruud passes away at age 64
PORT ANGELES – Art Ruud, who helped Peninsula College win the Washington Athletic Association of Community Colleges state basketball championship in 1970, passed away Saturday with his family at his side. He was 64.
Art and his teammates from that 1970 Pirate team, were inducted into the Northwest Athletic Conference Hall of Fame and the Peninsula College Hall of Fame in January of 2014.
“I’m so thrilled for Art and his family that we were able to induct them into both Halls of Fame last year,” said Peninsula College Athletic Director Rick Ross. “He played such a big role in that team’s success and consequently played a big role in Peninsula College sports history.
“Art was not a fan of the spotlight, but he was a great athlete, a great family man, a great coach, and a great member of this community,” Ross said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Art’s accomplishments will be recognized during halftime of the Peninsula College men’s game on Saturday. Game time is 7 p.m.
His Pirate head coach Jack Estes said he was shocked to hear the news.
“Art Ruud had that solid jump shot from the corner, that soaring long ball into right field, and the driest sense of humor of anyone I’ve known,” Estes said. “His humor was the definition of dry. His athletic ability impressed me and his humor absolutely cracked me up.”
A talented athlete from his youth, Art played both basketball and baseball, setting a Port Angeles Little League record for home runs in a single season.
He went on to play through college and into adult basketball and softball leagues, as well as coaching youth teams.
Art was a lifelong and active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where he co-taught Sunday school and served as an usher. In the church, he married Kathy in 1972 and together they raised four children. He was a devoted and caring father.
After a short time teaching at Port Angeles High School, he became an electrician. In 1980 he and his brother, Rob, formed an electrical contracting company which would become Electric Service, Inc.
Art is survived by Kathy, by four children: Melissa (Angel), Heidi Barabe (Ryan), Jessica, and Joel; three grandchildren: Carson, Hunter, and Kiera; his brothers: Rob (Margaret), and Dan (Arlene); and four nieces and their children.
Instead of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund. Donations made in Art’s name can be sent to 301 Lopez Ave. Port Angeles, WA 98362.