|Birth: ||Feb. 25, 1929|
|Death: ||Mar. 31, 2009|
Art Ponti passed on March 31, 2009 after a short illness. Art was born February 25, 1929 in Walla Walla, Washington. One of nine children born to Carlo and Maria Ponti who came from Angera and Lonate Pazzola, Italy.
Art was a 49 year resident of Bellevue, Washington as well as a part-time resident of Sun Lakes, Arizona.
Art graduated from high school in Walla Walla, WA, and went on to graduate from Whitman College with a degree in business Art then saw service as a commissioned officer in the US Air Force during the Korean War, eventually rising to Captain in the Air Force reserve.
On June 14, 1958 Art married his sweetheart Joan, and they raised two wonderful sons.
Upon his return from the Air Force he joined the Boeing Company, Commercial Airplane purchasing organization, and during a 37 and a half year career rose to be Vice President of Safety Health and Environmental Affairs for Boeing.
Art was heavily involved in Supply Chain management on just about every Boeing Commercial airplane program, starting with the 707, KC135 Tanker, the ill fated SST, through the 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, and finally the 777.
Art was particularly in the forefront of Boeing's internationalization of its supplier base, visiting and working with dozens of suppliers on five continents, and was truly instrumental in helping develop and maintain Boeing's international presence.
He was known and respected in the world-wide Aerospace community, and projected respect as a tough but fair procurement executive, as well as an international good will ambassador for the Boeing Company.
Art was also particularly adept at discovering young talent, and mentoring them onto successful careers. There are quite a number of successful Boeing executives, in fact, who owe their success, at least in part, to Art.
After Art's retirement in 1991 he was a bit too old for baseball, but did avidly pursue his golfing passion, in AZ in the winter, and Bellevue in the summer.
He also worked with and helped people, freely giving of his time and his financial resources.
Art was truly a citizen of the world, as attested by his many friends and associates. His infectious smile, wonderful personality, quiet unassuming ways, great jokes that make you laugh and his happy outlook made him a very special person to know. He will be sorely missed.
Art is survived by his wife Joan of almost 51 years. Son Perry (daughter in law Kimmie); Niece, Tammy McKinsey; nephews Bob, Dick and Ken. Art is preceded in death by his son Dr. Tony Ponti,3 sisters and 5 brothers.
A Memorial Celebration will be in his honor on Thursday April 30th at 2:00 pm at Sunset Hills Funeral Home, 1215 145th Place SE, Bellevue, WA 98007.
Donations may be made in his honor to the Hope Heart Institute, 1380 112th Ave NE, Suite 200, Bellevue, WA, www.hopeheart.org, or (206) 903-2001. The Hope Heart Institute serves humanity through cardiovascular research and education.
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Tony Michael Ponti (1962 - 2000)*
Sunset Hills Memorial Park
Created by: Carolyn Farnum
Record added: Apr 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36347438
Our thoughts are with you dear friend Joan. We knew you years ago from Tony and Scott at Phantom Lake School. I still have the sand casting you made for me at my front door!!|
Added: Apr. 25, 2009