Wayne M. Rutledge passed away on April 14, 2019 just days before his 67th birthday. He was born in Seattle, WA in 1952. He was the oldest child of the late William M. Rutledge and Delores Rutledge – Person.
Wayne graduated from Nathan Hale High School in 1970. While in school Wayne not only won several awards in Track he was also in the school Jazz Band. The Jazz Band won regional numerous awards and as such had the opportunity to play their music outside of the state.
After graduation Wayne joined a band and traveled throughout the United States. Not wanting to squander his time he purchased a camera to capture memories of his travels. Once he returned to Washington he joined his father at the warehouse of Seattle Lighting Company. He soon decided that this type of work was not for him and went out on his own to start his own photography business on the main level of the apartment building that he lived in for close to 30 years. When the space no longer met his needs, Wayne ventured into the University District and opened up another photography studio.
Wayne was a self taught prolific photographer, starting with headshots for those hoping to succeed in the modeling or acting industry to travel, landscape and then into some very creative abstract photos. Some of Wayne’s earlier photography included weddings and family pictures. Wayne brought out the best in children and created some darling photos, however his passion was perfecting various photography techniques creating unique images.
Wayne’s work also included commercial photography; product catalogs and sports celebrity such as Edgar Martinez.
Wayne will be remembered for his sense of humor, compassion, professionalism, eye for detail, and his love of music.
Wayne is survived by his mother Delores Person of Camano Island, brother Gary Rutledge of California and sister Cheryl Fischer of Bothell.
A celebration of Wayne’s life will be held on May 29, 2019, starting at 2:00 pm, at the Lake Forest Park Civic Club located at 17301 Beach Drive NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155