Alfred ‘Al’ Molineux, 71, of Yakima, passed away suddenly on April 14, 2012 in Vancouver, Washington due to heart complications while attending a national conference.
He was born January 21, 1941 in Goff, Kansas to Alfred and Evelyn Molineux (Hittle). He moved to Union Gap, WA at the age of 12, where he attended Union Gap Junior High. He later attended AC Davis High School before transferring to the new Eisenhower High School where he graduated in 1959. After graduation, he attended Yakima Valley Community College, before enlisting in the US Army in 1961 where he attended the US Army Intelligence Academy. In 1962 Al married his high school sweetheart, Sandra (Sandy) I. Tuttle. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. After leaving the Army in 1963 he returned to Atchison, Kansas and worked as a finance officer for a commercial lending corp. In 1964 he and his family returned to Yakima to pursue his interest in law enforcement. In 1967, Al was the youngest officer ever hired by the Yakima County Sheriff’s Department. In his 18 years of service, he worked his way through the ranks from jailer to chief civil deputy. In his spare time he was involved with the Washington State Law Enforcement Association, where he served as President, and was very involved with the Deputy Sheriff’s Association. For 11 years, Al served as a council member for the Union Gap City Council.
After leaving the Sheriff’s Department, he entered into a business partnership with long time friend, John Hodkinson, that included many business ventures. In 2002 law enforcement called him back as he took a position with the Fraud Division of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, finally retiring in 2004.
On the date of his death, Al was the President of the Chelminar Summer Homes Association, which led him to a seat on the Board of Directors for the National Forest Homeowners Association. He was also the first President of the Washington State Forest Homeowner’s Association, past President of the Rimrock Cabin Owners Association, former Master of the Selah Masonic Lodge which merged with the Yakima Mt. Adams Lodge and a member of Masada Shrine. Al was a life time member of the Yakima Elks.
Al loved spending his free time with his wife Sandy at their cabin in the mountains. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf, motorcycles, snowmobiling, old cars and tinkering. As an accomplished trumpet player he had a love for music. His family was his most important priority and he always made time to spend with them. Al will be remembered for being an amazing man, who would always take the time to help anyone when asked.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Molineux; his mother, Evelyn Hittle; step-father, Harvey Hittle; and a brother Charles ‘Chuck’ Molineux. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; daughter Kim; son Rick; four grandsons, Mikael, Josh, Derek, Kyle and his brother Ben Hittle, as well as his nieces and nephews.