Archie Satterfield grew up in the Missouri Ozarks. After serving four years in the Navy, he attended St. Louis University and the University of Missouri before moving to Seattle in 1959 and receiving a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Washington. He lived in the Pacific Northwest many years working first as a reporter, then eventually an editor and columnist on the Seaside Signal, Longview Daily News, and the Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He was founding editor of the regional magazine, Northwest Living, and edited the Museum of Flight News and Enetai, a magazine for riders of the Washington State Ferries.
Since 1987 he had been a full time writer of books and articles on history, travel and popular culture. He also wrote commissioned histories for clients such as Alaska Airlines, Tillamook Cheese, Crescent Foods and the City of Edmonds, Washington. He recently completed a history of Sundt Construction in Tucson, AZ.
His 40-plus books have been published by a variety of national and regional publishing houses. Some have been in print more than thirty years. His history and travel articles have appeared in numerous magazines.
Archie particularly loved to travel. In the 1970's he developed an interest in the Klondike Gold Rush and traveled throughout the Yukon Territory, researching and writing several books on the subject. He lived in the south of France for 5 years, and in recent years he'd been moving back and forth between Arizona and the Pacific Northwest.
Archie enjoyed classical music, art, and spending time with his friends. The day before he entered the hospital he hosted a party with some of his closest friends at his home on Whidbey Island.
Archie is survived by his 4 children; Cassie, Erin, Scott, and Sarah, and their 4 grandchildren. He has a brother Wayne, living in Denver, and numerous nieces and nephews living around the country.
Archie will be resting next to his mother Lucille and father Homer in the Howards Ridge Cemetery in Missouri.