Saturday, August 30, 2014

How about some good news?

I'm tired of posting only obituaries. Anyone have any great news to share? Grandbabies? Trips? Mini-Reunions? Anything... e-mail me at and I'll post it- news, pictures, links, newspaper clippings. We all love good news.

I'll start the ball rolling- next May I am going to teach a week-long workshop in knitting design in, get this, Italy. We'll be staying at The Hotel Bramante, in Umbria, Italy. We'll have classes in the morning and excursions (to Assisi, and elsewhere) in the afternoon, and in the evenings we'll have cooking classes, wine tastings and a medieval archery demonstration. It sounds like a dream come true. It'll be my first transatlantic trip (I've taught classes all over the US, and on a couple of cruise ships), and I'm really excited about it.

Registration hasn't opened yet, but the hotel has info on the workshop.

It's going to be pretty amazing.

So, what's going on with you all?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Obituary- Steve Romberger

I'm so sorry to report that classmate Steve Romberger, died July 6, in Cabo, Mexico. Harry Renken sent this printout of his obituary.

Here is a link to the Everett Herald obituary, and from there you can post a message on his guest book.

Our warmest thoughts go to Steve's family and friends.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Obituary- Barbara Martin Vopnford

Classmate Barb Martin Vopnford passed away on June 5, in Wichita, KS. Here is the obituary posted on the Everett Herald Site:

Barbara Martin VopnfordMay 30, 1952 – June 5, 2013

Barbara was born and raised in Snohomish, WA. She is a former resident of Omaha, NE and passed away in Wichita, KS. 
Barbara is survived by sons, Matt Young, Seattle, Josh (Tessa) Young, Omaha, Leif Vopnford, Tukwila, WA; daughters, Treena Young, Wichita and Kelda (Will) Nolen, Citra, FL; brothers, Bob Martin, Tom Martin; sisters, Donna Garvll, Joni Brown, Laurie McIrvin; and four grandchildren. 
Memorial services planned for late summer, in the Washington area.
In lieu of flowers, donations to will be appreciated.

(Note: I don't have a current photo of Barb- if anyone has one they'd like to share, e-mail it to me at, and I'll post it)

Friday, November 30, 2012

60th Birthday Party

Howdy this here is Harry Renken. Well gee, I went to Dan Parker's 60th and it was too short. Time flies when you're having fun. But I don't see any pictures or comments on our class blog. A great party like that should go all week end. Too bad it was only a few hours. But I'd like to thank Dan for all his hospitality. It's a good thing I can edit this. I don't type so good. Dans got an awesome place. Here's the only picture I produced. But it's a good one.

Kathi here: If anyone else has pictures from the 60th birthday party, I'd be happy to post them!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Let's Rock- Joint 60th Birthday Party in September

Let's Rock!

SHS Class of 1970

Joint 60th Birthday Party

When: Saturday Sept 1, 2012,  3:00-10:00pm, rain or shine

Where: Dan Parker's House and Milk Parlor Pub,  132nd St SE on Lord's Hill Road on the Old Snoho-Monroe Highway

Cost: No charge, but on-site donations appreciated

Happenings: Music, croquet, Bocce ball, darts, evening fire pit, and more

Attire: Strictly Casual

Food: Burgers and hot dogs provided, bring a salad, dessert or other pot luck item

Libations: Keg beer provided, BYO wine, hard liquor, soft drinks

RSVP: Spouses, friends and Class of 1970 schoolmates are all welcome. Respond by e-mail to:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Joe Clayton 1921-2012

Long time teacher and Tennis Coach, Joe Clayton, died of natural causes on March 3, 2012.
Here is his obituary as it appeared in the Everett Herald:

Joseph Thomas "Joe" Clayton
Joseph Thomas "Joe" Clayton was born to Ernest and Ruth Clayton in Cedar Creek Township, NE on May 14, 1921. The family came west to Washington State and farmed near Blackmans Lake until they moved into Snohomish, WA. 
Joe graduated from Snohomish High School, Class of 1939. 
He died of natural causes at the age of 90 on March 3, 2012 in Snohomish, after an active and full life. 
A celebration commemorating his life will be held at St John's Episcopal Church on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
He attended Central Washington College of Education (CWU) for a time, then enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942. During his World War II service, he was an Aviation Chief Radio Technician on the USS Enterprise for the first night fighter squadron of F4U Corsairs during eight campaigns in the Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged in December of 1945. Once back at CWCE he completed his degree and returned to Snohomish to begin his thirty-five year career at Snohomish High School, teaching art, electronics and drivers' education.
Dorothy Eileen Clayton (nee` Johnston), a fellow student at CWCE, accompanied him to Snohomish after their marriage in Wallace, ID. They shared more than sixty-five years of life, love and adventures that included art, music, sports, gardening, travels and many friends that were a wonderful part of their life together. Joe and Dorothy were season ticket holders to the Seattle Symphony for over fifty years.
Joe was a man of many interests and talents, always willing to share his enthusiasms with many circles of friends, students and the community. 
His love of sports continued throughout his life. He was a collegiate tennis player, coached SHS varsity tennis for twenty-four years, and played tennis into his eighties. 
His interest in electronics included running the sound systems at SHS sporting events; he could also be found at his amateur radio 'shack', checking in as W7KGQ as he participated in Amateur Radio Relay League and amateur radio clubs. He loved going into the mountains on hiking and camping trips, especially with the Bill and Barbara Bates' family. He was an amateur astronomer and enjoyed crossword puzzles. 
He was a member of the Snohomish Lions Club for many years. Joe was a lifelong member of St. John's Episcopal Church. 
Joe will be greatly missed by his family: his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Terri (Clayton) Walker; son, Craig Clayton, Colonel, USAF (Retired) (Carol Lee); two grandsons, Daniel C. Clayton, Lt. Col, USAF, (Erica) and Ian C. Walker (Maret Wilson, fiancĂ©e); his brother, Duane Clayton (Charlotte); nephew, David Ludwig (Peg); and other family members. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Ina Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joe's name may be given to the Snohomish Education Foundation,, or St. John's Episcopal Church,
The family would like to express their special thanks for the care and assistance given by Catholic Services, Providence Hospice and Merry Haven caregivers.

You can sign his guest book by clicking here.

Keith Olson gathered some other great info about this wonderful man: Picked up these sporting numbers from items on the memorabilia table at Joe Clayton's funeral. A 1939 SHS grad, Joe was a Panther tennis letterman himself and went on to play college tennis at Central Washington in addition to pulling a stint in the Navy during WWII. He coached tennis at SHS for 23 years, and up through his last season in 1970, when Joe was a finalist for Snohomish County Man of the Year, his teams had gone 119-6 in Northwest League matches while winning 11 of 13 league titles. Over one stretch, his teams won 83 consecutive league matches, and the Panthers qualified for the state tournament in nine of his last 11 seasons. Before that, his SHS teams won two Snohomish County titles and finished second six other times. Quite the coaching legacy.

Keith also provided this lovely photo of Joe Clayton and Keith Gilbertson:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Dick Harrington, Dec. 11, 2011

Classmate Dick Harrington passed away on December 11, 2011. His obituary is in the Everett Herald, and reads as follows:

Richard James Harrington
Richard James Harrington, "Dick" passed away at his home in Snohomish, WA on Sunday, December 11, 2011. He was 59 years old. He was born in Seattle, WA on May 2, 1952 to Calvin and Eileen Harrington. 
He spent most of his childhood at the family farm in Snohomish with his siblings Wayne, Carol, Steve and Dixie. Dick graduated from Snohomish High School in 1970 along with a classmate named Deborah Bachart. Dick and Debbie were married on October 18, 1975. They lived all around Washington, but settled back in Snohomish in 1989. 
During the past 36 years of marriage, Dick helped raise his children, Albert, Emily, Stacey and Steven and in all ways remained dedicated to his wife and family. For the past 32 years Dick has been employed by Stoneway Concrete where he was their Aggregates Operation Manager. He was also a member of the Local 302 Operating Engineers Union. 
Dick enjoyed football and coached many of his son's football teams. He was an avid music lover, and collected albums, CD's and memorabilia. Dick's favorite hobby however was the restoration and rebuilding of classic muscle cars; he had recently finished his 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner, a tribute to the car he had in his youth. 
Dick is survived by his wife, Debbie; his children, Albert, Emily, Stacey and Steven; children-in-laws, Beth, Mike and Becky; four month old granddaughter, Edalyn; his brother, Steve; and sisters, Carol and Dixie; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. 
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Eileen; his brother, Wayne; and his nephew, Clint. 
There will be a memorial at his home on December 18, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The memorial was held on Saturday, December 18, but you can still sign the online Guest Book here.

Dick was a wonderful person, larger than life, and he will be missed. Here is one of my favorite pictures of him, taken just before our 40th Reunion, last summer.