Captain Colin H. Saari, USN (Ret.), died at Seattle, Washington on 19 January
2016. He was 78 years old.
Captain Colin was born in Port Angeles, WA on December 27, 1937 to Waino and
Mina Saari and attended Port Angeles HS prior to receiving his appointment to
the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in June of 1960.
During his tour aboard USS Tiru (SS-416) from March 65 to Aug 67. He conducted a
WestPac tour which included two deployments in the Gulf of Tonkin. He also
served aboard the destroyer USS LYMAN K. SWENSON (DD-729) and submarines USS
HENRY CLAY (SSBN-625), BARBELL (SS-580) as Executive Officer (1970) and BLUEBACK
(SS-581) as Commanding Officer (1973). His shore assignments included Submarine
School and Nuclear Power School, Submarine Flotilla Eight staff (Naples, Italy),
COMSUBPAC operations staff, Flag Secretary and Aide to COMSUBPAC, BUPERS as
Submarine Detailer and Placement Officer and Chief Staff Officer, Submarine
Squadron One. Colin commanded three shore facilities, all in San Diego: Fleet
Antisubmarine Warfare Training Center, Submarine Training Facility and Recruit
Training Command. His final assignment was Chief of Staff, Naval Base Seattle.
He retired from the Navy in 1990. .
Captain Colin was awarded the Legion of Merit (2), Meritorious Service Medal (2)
and Commendation Medal (2) along with numerous other awards. He earned an MBA
from National University, an MPA from George Washington University and graduated
from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
After he retired from the Navy, Captain Colin was Research Coordinator, Applied
Physics Laboratory, University of Washington for 17 years.