This blanket—“Gene’s jeans and his favorite things”—was made especially for Marie Watt’s sculpture blanket stories and in memory of Eugene E. Devereaux 1945-2004.
Gene had deep roots in Tacoma. His paternal grandparents moved here from Minnesota / Wisconsin around 1900. His grandfather worked for the Pacific Northern Railroad and his grandmother was a candy dipper for Harry L. Brown (of Brown and Haley). Gene’s father also worked for the railroads and Gene had fond childhood memories of adventures around Union Station and the railroad yards. After leaving the army Gene began his 37 year career with the Boeing Co. as a computer programmer. Gene loved living here and the natural beauty of the area with opportunities for fishing, skiing, hiking, and riding his Harleys. He enjoyed the arts and entertainment and tastes of the region, but mostly the warm feeling of community and being with family and friends. This blanket was made from his blue jeans and fabrics showing many of his favorite things.