Timothy F. LaTourette, December 28, 1956~April 4, 2016

LaTourette, TimothyTimothy F. LaTourette, b. 1956 in Suffern, N.Y., former resident of Champaign, IL, longtime resident of Fayetteville, AR, died suddenly on April 4th from cardiac arrest. He was preceded in death by his parents Aileen B. and William I. LaTourette, his infant brother Mark, and his nephew Reuben Cohen. He is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Rebecca, and his adored son Hunter; a Deans List student who will graduate this May from Washington University in St. Louis. He is also survived by his treasured siblings: Aileen M. LaTourette, William C. LaTourette, Amelie E. LaTourette, Adele H. LaTourette, Thomas J. LaTourette, and a large and loving extended family.

Tim was a graduate of Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ and received his BFA from Colorado State University Fort Collins and his MFA in Printmaking from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Tim’s art, furniture, and prints are in numerous private collections and have been widely exhibited. He recently received the Fellowship in Contemporary and Traditional Craft from the Arkansas Arts Council in recognition of his artistic excellence. Tim taught Furniture Design and ran the design shop at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas, where he was admired and respected by students, faculty and staff alike. He devoted many extra hours to mentoring and inspiring his students, many of whom discovered a love of woodworking through his class. Tim thrived on acquiring new skills, usually ones difficult to master. His most recent, guitar making, is a testament to his drive, determination and natural talent. Tim packed his life full, no time was wasted, and he accomplished more in his 59 years than anyone can hope for. His commitment to all that he did was extraordinary. Our hearts are broken by this tragic loss of our beloved friend, sibling, father and soulmate.

The memorial service for Timothy will be held on Saturday April 16, 2016 at 5pm at the Shollmier Lecture Hall, Vol Walker, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, University of Arkansas.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to: Timothy LaTourette Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Lane Schmidt, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, 120 Walk, 1 University of Arkansas 72701. Questions to las@uark.edu.

Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

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    Wayne Brashear » 07. Apr, 2016

    As Fire Marshal at the University of Arkansas I met Tim many years ago while doing an inspection, and I was so very impressed with his passion for being safe and teaching others how to love wood working and yet do it safely. Tim was a wonderful friend and will be missed by hundreds if not thousands of people who he touched in his lifetime.

    Ron Freeman » 07. Apr, 2016

    My sincere condolences.
    Ron Freeman

    John & Cristina Carpenter » 07. Apr, 2016

    Our deepest sympathies to you.

    Hannah Lee » 08. Apr, 2016

    Rebecca and Hunter, I am so sorry to read about your loss of Tim. This was much too soon and your grief must be great. He lived a full and accomplished life in a short time. Cling to your memories that are many and good. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Kendall Curlee » 11. Apr, 2016

    Dear Rebecca and Hunter,

    My heart and thoughts are with you as you mourn the loss of your Tim. He was a wonderful artist, mentor, and stand-up guy. He is dearly missed by all who had the privilege to know him. With deepest sympathy, Kendall

    Sherry and Joe Lambiotte » 14. Apr, 2016

    Rebecca.. We were stunned to learn of Tim’s death today. We are so sorry for you and Hunter. Our hearts go out to you both and our prayers will be with you in the coming days and weeks.

    Geniece Yates » 15. Apr, 2016

    For Hunter and Rebecca: Tim was so very gracious and talented. He gutted our 1958 home’s bathrooms and built a den for us years ago. We are still enjoying his handy work tremendously! We have always felt lucky to have found him through Robert Buff.
    During the construction process, he would consult with me about my design ideas, then I would draw him pictures, and he always delivered so brilliantly.
    My husband, Tim Buckley, and I were deeply saddened by Tim’s unexpected and untimely death. But the angels are smiling to have him near because he was an angel on earth.
    Please try and let time soften your broken hearts and try and feel happy you had him in your lives.

    Bobby Harris » 15. Apr, 2016

    My deepest and most sincere condolences to Tim’s family and the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Architecture. Many who knew Tim and worked with him will offer kind words about his impressive design teaching skills as well as his own remarkable talents as a designer and artisan. Tim was certainly also a blessing for me as I worked with him during my time at the UA as the Construction Coordinator for both the Vol Walker Hall and Steven L Anderson Design Center Project as well as the project to renovate the old Fieldhouse as the temporary design studio space and Tim’s design shop space during the construction phase of the Vol Walker Hall Project. Tim of course was deeply involved with both projects and was a joy to work with. He was always ready to talk about the projects’ requirements and of course was meticulous about the requirements of his design shop. He inspired me to do the best job that I could do for him and the School of Architecture. The results of the projects reflect the quality of the work done by everyone involved: the design team, the contractors, university staff and Tim certainly. He has always been in my thoughts since I first met him and I will always remain fond of Tim. He continues to inspire me. The 1000’s of students he has taught over the years are the most fortunate recipients of his design instruction and his caring personal relationships with them. And in their turn they will share Tim’s values of design quality and personal involvement for many generations to come. God bless Tim and peace be with all who knew and loved him.

    Bobby Harris
    UA Facilities Management, Retired

    Don Steinkraus » 09. Jun, 2016

    Just learned of this. My deepest condolences to Tim’s wife and family. I wish I had known him. My type of man: guitar maker!!! I am heart broken just hearing about this.