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!
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, fiancée); 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, www.snoed.org, or St. John's Episcopal Church, www.stjohnsnohomish.org. The family would like to express their special thanks for the care and assistance given by Catholic Services, Providence Hospice and Merry Haven caregivers.
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:
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.
The Snohomish High School Football Record Book, researched and written by Keith Olson, is now available at Uppercase Books, in Snohomish!
Uppercase Books is located at thecorner of 2nd and Cedar in Snohomish, Tuesdays through Sundays (closed on Mondays). Thinking ahead to Christmas, any Panther fan, and certainly anyone who ever played football at SHS, would want one of these. Records are researched back to 1906, and every purchase includes a donation to the Keith and Eileen Gilbertson scholarship funds at SHS.
Mr. Carter, choir teacher at SHS, passed away on August 17, 2011. You can read his obituary and sign the guest book here.
Wendell Dale Carter
Wendell Dale Carter of Granite Falls, WA, died at home August 17, 2011.
A short service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 S.E. 240th St., Kent, WA on August 31, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Following the service there will be a gathering at the home of Gary Carter, 3729 Menzel Lake Rd., Granite Falls, WA for friends and family, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
SHS Class of 1970 40 Year Class Reunion was held- July 9-11, 2010
And a wonderful time was had by all. Cruise through the posts and find many pictures of the activities on all three days.
Welcome to Snohomish High School's Class of 1970 Blog
We have been dragged, some of us kicking and screaming, into the 21st Century. Here is where you'll find updates Snohomish High School's Class of 1970.
This is also where you'll find pictures from our 40th Class Reunion, which was held July 10, 2010.
Browse our posts and archives, and send your updates, pictures, links, scans, or anything else of interest to the class, to me, Kathi Prater Taylor (instructions for doing so below). I'll get things posted as quickly as I can.
Join the Class of '70 e-mail list
Send your e-mail address to: SnoHS1970@yahoo.com . Caryl Maddy Thorp will add you to the e-mail list for the any future reunion and get-together updates.
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Other Pictures and Blog Posts
We are ALWAYS looking for items of interest to SHS Class of '70- old annual scans (including Jr. High), elementary class group pictures, issues of The Arrowhead, etc. If you have class pictures, or any other items you'd like share, send jpg scans to me (e-mail address below). Be sure to identify the school, class, teacher, and as many of the students as possible. Personal photos of classmates *way back when* are also welcome.
How to Post Your Updates
To reduce the number of spammers and trolls, comment moderation has been instituted on this blog. Send your updates and pictures directly to me at : firstname.lastname@example.org . Please put SHS 70 Blog in the header of your e-mail, and I'll get things posted as quickly as possible.
Who we want: everyone who was a member of SHS Class of '70.
What we want: a brief description of what you've been doing for the last 40 years. You can include links to your own blogs, work places, and other sites of interest, if you like. We aren't going to edit the posts, so whatever you send will be posted. Be sure to include your name.
Pictures: send a photo or two in jpg format, to the above e-mail address, with your other information. We won't alter the pictures, except to reduce them in size if the file is too large. Around 200-300kb is best, but we can handle the reduction if you don't know how to do it. We're going to post senior class pictures from the annual alongside your current pictures, whenever possible.
What we Don't Want: Audio or Video files. They take up too much bandwidth. But if you have either one posted elsewhere on the net, feel free to add those links to your info.
What You Want To Think About: We won't alter your post, but do think carefully about how much personal info you want to include in your update. E-mail addresses are great (in fact, we heartily encourage the posting of e-mail addresses. Please let us know if you don't want your e-mail address posted with your update). Snail mail addresses not so much. Or phone numbers. Or the last names of minors. If you want to exchange street addresses, etc with other classmates, please use e-mail for that.
Remember: Though only SHS Class of 1970 members will have posts published here, everyone in the world can read what is posted.
If You Don't Know How to Send Files Via e-mail: e-mail me, and I'll send you instructions for snail-mailing your info to be posted from here.
How To Navigate the Posts
Each class member will have one blog post, to which can be added additional pictures or information if the class member wishes. Posts made to this blog will be archived as to the posting date.
In order to find a specific class member's information, type the member's name in the search window at the top of the blog home page.Each post will have multiple tags to make searching easier. The tags will include names and nicknames, state of residence, occupation, and any other identifying tags we can think of (sports, cheerleader, etc). For example, my post will have the following tags: Kathi, Kathleen, Prater, Taylor, writer, blogger, grandmother, South Dakota . Type any of those words into the search window, and my post will appear in the list, along with anyone else who also shares some, or all (though that's not likely) of the same tags.
I'm a writer (6 mysteries, one mainstream novel, 5 knitting books, lots of designs and reviews, paper dolls, blather), wife, mother, and grandmother. I knit, I watch TV obsessively while I knit, I spin, I read, I listen to music, and I talk. A lot.