Monday, August 13, 2018

Lorna Ford Kelly Obituary

I am sorry to report that classmate Lorna Ford Kelly passed away August 5, 2018. A memorial service will be held August 15, as listed below. Her obituary and guest book are at the Everett Herald website:

On Sunday, August 5, 2018, Lorna Mae Kelly, loving wife, mother and grandmother, went to be with our Lord and Savior at the age of 66. Lorna was born on May 1, 1952 in Everett, Washington to Max and Una Ford. She was raised on a farm in Machias, Washington along with her two brothers and two sisters. Lorna, as well as her siblings, had a passion for horses that led to her dad founding and leading the Rounders 4-H club. They would host horse play-days on their property for years after Lorna graduating from Snohomish High School in 1970. Lorna was known for her adventurous spirit. She continued to own horses most of her life, gaming in local play-days with her daughters and trail riding in the Cascade Mountains with her family. While working at Fluke in marketing, she met the love of her life, Bryan, and was married on September 22, 1984. Later retiring from Fluke with over two decades with the company. She stayed in the Snohomish area her entire life until recently relocating to Arlington, WA, with her husband to their dream house on the lake. After retirement, Lorna was passionate about breeding, raising and showing pedigreed Ragdoll cats, so much so that she owned a successful business selling Ragdoll kittens all over the world. Over the years, she has met many of her close friends from it. She was a world traveler, taking along her mother, husband, children, and grandchildren on her adventures. Lorna enjoyed cruising the Mediterranean, horseback riding the Canadian Rocky Mountains, exploring the Mayan ruins, touring New Zealand by camper van, traversing a wild African safari, glided through Venice's grand waterways, walked the old roads of Israel, viewing Iceland by Icelandic pony, listening to the waves at her brother, Lonney and Stacey's Mexican villa and many other exciting trips. Lorna has lived a life full of love and passion for her family and friends. Lorna was predeceased by her father, Max, aunt, Diane, and nephew, Justin. She is survived by her husband, Bryan of 33 years, her mother, Una; brothers, Lonney and Kerry, sisters, Maxine and Tamera; children Stacey, Kelli (Jazon), Hannah (Chris), and nine grandchildren, Kylie, Sammie, Kirsa, Brad, Wesley, Julia, Colt, Georgia, Dawson and with another granddaughter expected in October. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations can be made out to the Burn Road Bible Church in Lorna's name. A celebration of Lorna's life will be held on August 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at LifePoint Church, 14619 28th St NE, Lake Stevens.

Thanks to Steve Humphries for passing word along

Friday, July 20, 2018

Class Picnic August 11, 2018

A message from Caryl Maddy deJong:

Good morning, all!

We will be having the annual class picnic on August 11, from 3:00 p.m. to dark at Dan Parker's home on Lords Hill.  Hamburgers and hotdogs, with all the fixin's will be provided.  Please bring a salad or dessert and your own beverages.  Please bring your own cooler, as well.

It would be very helpful if you rsvp to this e-mail address so we have a rough head count for the burgers and hotdogs.  

If you have e-mail addresses for any classmates that you don't see listed above, please forward this to them, and then send me their e-mail address so I can add it to the master list.

I will miss this year's event as we have an extended family trip to the San Juan islands planned for that weekend.  I hope everyone has a terrific time.  Just think - the 50 year reunion is only two years away!  Can you believe it!  

Take care,

Caryl Maddy de Jong

I won't be able to attend, but if anyone takes pictures that they'd like to share, please email jpgs or bmps to me at:   I'll post them

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SHS 1970 Championship Basketball Team to enter Sports Hall of Fame

From the Everett Herald (in case the link disappears):

Snohomish’s 1970 basketball team headlines Hall of Fame class

Those Panthers will be inducted into the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

It’s been nearly 50 years, yet when Doug Love walks the streets of Snohomish he still gets recognized.
“Even today there’s not a week that goes by, if I’m in Snohomish, where somebody says to me, ‘Hey, weren’t you on that 1970 basketball team?’” said Love, who was a senior co-captain and star center on Snohomish High School’s 1970 boys basketball state championship team. “It’s remembered, especially by the old guard in Snohomish.”
“We were a team, not a group of individuals,” Love recalled. “We were a team that worked together, regardless of if you were first or second string. When five guys were on the court they worked together, they knew how each other played, we respected each other. No one player was out for his own glory, which is remarkable. I played on a lot of teams and you rarely saw that.”
Snohomish came into the season with high expectations. The previous year the Panthers went 21-4 and reached the AA state quarterfinals. Snohomish’s path was complicated by transitioning to AAA in 1969-70 and having to play against the state’s biggest schools, but the Panthers also had a strong group of returning talent that included seven different players who went on to play a sport in college.
Leading the way was Love, the team’s leading scorer (18.1 points per game heading into the state semifinals) and rebounder, who at 6-foot-8 gave the Panthers a tremendous presence in the middle.
“I don’t think he got the credit he deserved,” teammate Ben Krause said about Love. “When we played West Seattle in the tournament they backed off Doug and we kept shooting. They never came out. I think it took a lot of pressure off of us having a 6-8 guy who could score.”
The Panthers also had a dynamic backcourt duo in Krause and Evan Thomas, both juniors. Krause (12.5) and Thomas (10.4) were both proficient perimeter shooters and both capable ballhandlers.
“I’m as prejudiced as can be, but in all the games I’ve ever watched in state tournaments, that’s the best set of guards that I can remember,” said deKubber, who also described Krause as the best defensive player he ever coached. “There’s been guards who are better, but not two together, and they really came through in the finals.”
Then there was Jerry Ingalls. The senior forward and co-captain wasn’t tall at 6-foot-1, but the football star who earned a scholarship to the University of Washington used his strength to become a ferocious rebounder while also averaging 11.4 points per contest.
“He was an excellent rebounder,” Love said. “When he got the ball no one wanted to touch him. He was a bull and he was sturdy, but he was able to maneuver.”
The starting lineup was rounded out by junior forward Craig Clayton, a glue guy who went on to play tennis at Washington State University. Gordon Taylor was the first player off the bench, while Steve Kirsten and Bob Wahlstrom were Snohomish’s reserve big guys. Tom Poier and Randy Recor, who went on to play baseball in college, were also reserves, while Mark Williams and Tom Bannwarth rounded out the roster.
Bringing it all together was deKubber, who was assisted by the legendary Keith Gilbertson Sr.
“I’ve never seen a guy who could pick up what was going on in a game like him,” Krause said about deKubber. “When he called timeout he always had something pertinent to say. He’s a good guy, too. He wasn’t your buddy, he kept a certain distance, but most good coaches are that way.”
Snohomish rolled through the regular season, going 17-1 in league play. The Panthers lost to Everett in the district tournament, forcing them to beat Cascade to earn the district’s second seed to regionals. Snohomish knocked off Renton 60-51 and Ingraham 64-52 at regionals to reach state, which was played at the University of Washington.
At state the Panthers joined an elite group. Pasco and West Seattle both came into the semifinals undefeated, while Aberdeen’s only loss was to the eventual Oregon state champion.
Snohomish slipped past West Seattle in the semifinals, setting up a meeting with Pasco in the finals. After falling behind early, Snohomish caught back up by halftime, and the Panthers survived a last-second Pasco shot that bounced off the rim to get to overtime tied 43-43.
Early in overtime Snohomish lost Love when he fouled out. But then Thomas and Krause took over as the pair combined for 10 points and didn’t miss a shot. Krause’s steal and feed to Thomas for a breakaway with 30 seconds remaining gave the Panthers a 53-47 lead, rendering two late Pasco baskets — the second of which caused the clock to expire — academic.
“Just the jubilation,” is what Krause remembers most about winning the title. “It was like a kid going to play in the World Series. I know it was only high school basketball, but when we were kids playing on the blacktop, that’s what we would dream about. We’d imagine doing things like that.”
When the Panthers returned to town after the game they were met by a raucous crowd ready to celebrate.
“We came home to hundreds of cars in the parking lots, and there was a caravan that went through town that was maybe two miles long,” deKubber said. “It was 11:30 at night and the horns were blowing and people were calling asking what was going on.”
“I still kind of get goosebumps when I think back to that,” Love said.
“It was a privilege and an honor that we were able to do something like that for the community,” Love concluded about winning the state title. “It was the perfect storm, everything lined up and we were able to pull it off.”
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The 1970 Snohomish High School boys basketball team celebrates its 53-51 overtime victory over Pasco in the AAA state championship game in Seattle. The team will be inducted into the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame at Wednesday’s banquet. (Herald File Photo)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mr. Roberts, 1941-2017

SHS teacher Mr. Roberts died June 29, 2017. Thanks to Harry Renken for the clip.\

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Baseball Game with Familiar Names!

Harry Renken found this clipping in a box of old stuff, and forwarded it to me. Lots of familiar names in this article. It sounds like it was a corker.

Thanks Harry!

P.S. If you have anything you'd like to post, send a scan along to me at It's lovely to have good news and memories to feature!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

August 15, 2016 Class Reunion Party at Dan and Kris Parker's House

I wasn't able to get to the coast this summer, but Harry Renken sent a few pictures from what looks to have been a lovely party. I'll try to identify everyone, but if I get any names wrong, please let me know so I can make corrections (to

I may not have proper last names for some classmates, and would appreciate corrections on that too.

Oh, and Kathy and Karen- I used to be able to tell you apart, but not any more. Forgive me for guessing who is who.

If anyone else has pictures and would like to share them, please send them to:

Kathy Cline, Dan Parker, Kathy Lewis Adams (I think)

Gary Danklefsen and Mike Carr

Elaine and Jim Repp

Back Row L-R: Steve Humphries, Dan Parker, Gary Danklefsen, Mike George, Joe Thaut
Middle Row L-R: Caryl Maddy deJong, Kathy Lewis Adams, Karen Lewis, Kathy Cline, Mike Carr, Chuck Swoboda, Harry Renken, Keith Olson
Front Row: Debbie Bachart Harrington, Denise Raines Alexander, Elaine Hintze Repp, Donna Thomas

L-R: Dave Coffman, Joe Thaut, Caryl (maybe), Chuck Swoboda, Kathy or Karen, Steve Humphries, Denise Raines Alesander, Kathy Cline

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Steven C. Curnutt, July 4, 1952- July 11, 2016

I am sorry to report that classmate Steve Curnutt passed away on July 11, 2016.  Here is his obituary in the Everett Herald. 

Here is the text of the obit:

July 4, 1952 - July 11, 2016 Steven C. Curnutt, 64, of Gold Bar, Washington died July 11, 2016. Steve, aka "Reno", "Money Man", was born on July 4, 1952 in Seattle, Washington. Steve was drafted by Heavens Field of Dreams on July 11, 2016. He is leaving behind wife, Kathy Curnutt; daughter Nichole Joanis (Deven); mother, Edwina Curnutt; brother, Edwin Curnutt (Kris); and four grand kids. He is joining some of his family and teammates now, they will make quite a team up there. Nicki, his grand kids and softball were the best parts of his life. He loved, loved, loved them. Now he is free again, no crutches, no disease and no pain. He loved his family and friends, joking to almost the end. We will end with one of his favorite phrases "Until we meet again, you were #3 in our programs and #1 in our hearts." A service will be held at Mountain Valley Church, 230 Lewis Avenue in Gold Bar, on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. After the service everyone is welcome to come celebrate Steve's life at Prospectors Steak and Ale.

You can sign his guest book here

Thanks to Steve Humphries for the news.