CLOVER PARK HIGH SCHOOL 1961
We recognize that this list is incomplete. Some obituaries are provided below regarding classmates and former high school staff members. If you have information about the passing of a classmate who is not listed, please let us know using the CONTACT US page.
Robert Lee "Bob" Aaby
Lanette Sue "Lanny" Adams
Marsha K. Alexander
Leif Edgar Anderson, Jr.
Marilyn Lu Aqua
Mikal Lawrence "Mike" Aus
Frank F. Boehm
Kathleen Joan “Kathy” Brock (Palmer)
Joan Ellen Brockway
Judith Jay "Judy" Brown (Kasemeier)
Roger Egan Brown
Wayne G. "Pete" Brown
Andris Jania Cakarnis
Ted D. Cammon
Diana Lee Carlson (Dupont)
Donald Henry Coop
Janet Marie Cox (Sheets)
Stephen Edward "Steve" Czarnecki
Waring Evan Davies
Donald Roy "Don" Densmore
Marcella Ann "Sally" Disch
John Lyle Douglas
Donald Ray "Don" Eaton
Eileen Louise Eckstrom (Biles)
Maurie "Morrie" Ekstrom
Thomas Lawrence Elwell
Thomas J. Evans
Donald John Feek
Margueritte "Eleanor" Ferguson
Elizabeth Wilson "Beth" Freckleton (Julian)
Sharon Fyfe (Wilkie)
Thomas S. "Tom" Galbraith,III
Patricia M. "Pat" Garrison (Frese)
David "Jim" Gilderoy
Janet Smith Gish
Martin D. "Paul" Granger
John William "Jack" Hamilton
James B. "Jim" Harrington
Joseph Anthony "Tony" Harris
Margaret Lael Harris (Maurins)
William Gary "Harv" Harvey
Dee D. Herda
Glenn Edward Hintze
Robert Lee "Bob" Hugill
William F. "Bill" Krapf, Jr.
Collen Marie LaMon (McAllister)
Dianne Langhorst (Mosseson)
Lawrence Richard "Larry' Larsen
Richard Margido "Rich" Linbo
Steven Edward "Steve" Lundstrom
Gerald Wayne "Jerry" Lyshek
Peter Thomas "Pete" Manley
Sharon Kay Mayfield (Dryden)
Jeanette Marie McGowan (Wilson)
Robert Lee "Bob" McInnis
Robert James "Bob"McKenzie
Gaylord William Montgomery
Tobyann "Toby" Nemetz (Strachan)
Mark Andrew Nesse
Janice Robin Nix (Farrant)
Marion Sue "Susie" Noretto (Gibson)
Richard L. "Dick" Oliver
Edith "Edie" Sherron Palmer
Sharon Katherine Paty (Allen)
Donald Robert "Don" Peterson
James Henry "Jim" Pruitt
Patricia "Pat" Reynolds
Lester "Reed" Richardson
Barbara Jean Rieck (Morrow)
Darrell R. Rumpf
Kenneth R. "Ken" Sawyer
Patricia Ann "Pat" Sedam (Diamond)
Doris Segar (Olson)
William James "Bill" Shepard
Patricia Jean Shoemaker
Constance Dianne "Connie" Simmons
Donald Young "Don" Stewart
Marsha Lynn Stewart (Jackson)
William Franklin "John" Swope, Jr.
Linda Jean "Jeanne" Teeple (Gresdel)
David Marshall "Dave" Thomas
Gail Anita "Carole" Thuline Joye)
Dennis Lynn "Denny" Traynor
Suzanne "Sue" Trosper
Susan A. Walker
Sharon Marie Yost (Dallas)
Reginald Victor "Reggie" Zimmerman
Remembrances and Obituaries of Our Classmates
Classmate Don Eaton died May 12, 2013 of complications from pancreatic cancer. Don spent his high school years thinking up new things. Like the Twin Fin, a water ski fin that is now a standard tool of the sport. And the water disc, a flat piece of round plywood that was a challenge to stay up on for the best water skiers around Gravelly Lake.
Don was truly at home on the water. He took up sailing within weeks of leaving for college at UW. And he bought one of the first Hobie Cats ever produced. He was a lifetime member of the Seattle Yacht Club, and sailed Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands as often as humanly or mechanically possible. He was always fixing something. Before solar energy was even a term of art, Don built a solar powered sump pump to keep the rain out of one of his many boats, the Hot Ruddered Bum. At the time of his death he sail a 26’ LeFluer he called Petite Syrah. But his favorite creation was the "Claven", named after the famous postman from the TV series 'Cheers'. It is a device attached to the mailbox that allows one to determine from a great distance if the mail has come. It saves having to walk down the driveway unnecessarily in the Seattle rain.
Another of his avocations was exotic animals. During one of his stints away from the northwest he and his wife (since divorced) owned an exotic animal farm outside St. Louis, Missouri. There were a couple hundred animals on display, llamas to championship chickens and miniature donkeys, turtles, and he had a name for every one of them. The pot bellied pig he named Rosanne. Don leaves a brother, David, (CP62) and a sister Dorothy (CP66).
Classmate Connie Simmons passed away on November 17, 2008. Bob Deal, her husband of 47 years and also a Clover Park grad, has provided us with a website video of her life. You can "cut and past" the following to your internet brower to watch and to remember Connie . [http://www.arandvideo.net/connielifestory.html]
Richard M "Rich" Linbo
April 24, 1943 - March 18, 2022
Richard M. Linbo Puyallup, Washington
Richard M. Linbo of Puyallup WA, was known to many as a bearded blueberry farmer and pipe smoker. In his 79 years he was also a math teacher, wine maker, wood worker, hornet hater, Monty Python and National Lampoon Radio Hour fanatic, car enthusiast, proud father, bibliophile, kite maker, computer programmer, nature lover, aspirational welder, National Guard driver, record collector, and obsessed with eagles. His alcohol use disorder led to his death on March 18th.
Rich ("Always Rich, never wealthy" as he'd often say) is survived by his amazing farm dog: Jet, his brother: Gordon Linbo, his sister: Mardona Tyler, and his two children: Brett Linbo-Terhaar and Tor Linbo and their families.
Rich's blueberry farm legacy will continue with Tor and Tiffany Linbo continuing the operation of Linbo Blueberry Farm.
In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to the Xerces Society (www.Xerces.org) or plant some native flowers in your garden.
Remembrances and Obituaries of Our Classmates
Eileen Biles(1943 - 2017)
Sept. 17, 1943 - July 6, 2017
Eileen Biles passed away far too early July 6, 2017, with her family by her side. Eileen (Eckstrom) Biles was born Sept. 17, 1943, in Tacoma, to Charles Thomas Eckstrom II and Catherine Louise (Lagen) Eckstrom. She was the second of three children—her older sister, Carolyn Ann (Eckstrom) Noring and Charles Thomas Eckstrom III.
Eileen was beautiful, dynamic, focused, dedicated and extraordinarily accomplished. Among her many talents exhibited at an early age, Eileen was: a classically trained pianist, an advanced ice skater, an accomplished synchronized swimmer, and a member of her high school debate team. Eileen's true passion, and one to which she was fully committed throughout her life, was working with animals including dogs, cattle, sheep, and especially show horses. Eileen began showing horses at age 10 and by 13 was competing in the horse arena with her future husband of nearly 45 years, Steve Biles. Recognized as an elite horsewoman from an early age, Eileen was invited by Disney to audition for the lead role in an anticipated sequel to National Velvet and was the first rider from the Pacific Northwest to compete at Madison Square Garden for the National Saddle Seat Equitation Championship, where she placed fourth. Eileen attended Marymount College in Terrytown, N.Y.—her studies included piano, math and accounting. Eileen made her debut into society in New York City in 1962.
Eileen married Steve Biles and moved to Sherwood, in 1972. The newly married couple vowed to combine their talents to raise a highly successful family and create an award-winning farm and stables. Eileen's direction and devotion to achievement helped them realize their dreams. Eileen was instrumental in leading Biles Farms & Stables to two world records, six world championships, and 35 national and international championships. Eileen's four children were her pride and joy, Richard Fitz Randolph, Debra Fitz Randolph, Charles Dunham Biles and Dr. Lagen Biles Schulte. First and foremost, Eileen was a mother devoted to helping her children reach their full potential; and to help ensure their success, she was extremely active in supporting their schools—from raising money to serving on committees.
Eileen had many additional interests and passions which she pursued enthusiastically. She was a born leader, including treasurer of the Portland Junior League, a board member of various horse and cattlemen associations, led her children's 4-H clubs, taught classes for formerly incarcerated women, contributed her talents as a treasurer to many organizations, and extensively travelled the world.
Eileen was a force of nature whose will to achieve was admired by all who knew her. She was the proof of the adage that "where there's a will, there's a way." She never met a challenge she would not only accept but would conquer.
Eileen will be greatly missed, especially by her husband, Steve Biles; her children, Fitz Randolph, Debi Randolph, Dunham Biles, Dr. Lagen Schulte; her siblings, Carolyn Noring and Charlie Eckstrom; seven grandchildren; and the 20 foreign exchange students she hosted over the years.
Private family services were held for Eileen July 13, 2017. She was buried in Pleasant View Cemetery. In recognition of devotion to her children and animals, contributions in Eileen's honor may be made to Washington County 4-H Association (which will establish a scholarship in Eileen's memory) and mailed to OSU Extension Service Washington County 4-H, 1815 N.W. 169th Place, Suite 1000, Beaverton, OR 97006, or a charity of your choice. Eileen's family will host a celebration of her life on the afternoon of Sept. 29, 2017, at Waverly Country Club.
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
Published in The Oregonian from July 14 to July 16, 2017
Classmate Mark Nesse passed away on October 14, 2018. According to the Winter 2019 issue of the PLU publication Resolute, Mark was the Everett Public Library's longest serving director, retiring in 2007 after 30 years. He served on the Everett School Board and was active in community organizations. Mark graduated from PLU in 1965.
Merle Arthur Hagbo was born to Clyde and Lewean Hagbo, in Tacoma on April 8, 1934, and passed after a long illness on January 26, 2020. From an early age, Merle was destined to lead a life that focused on sports. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1952 where he played football and baseball. He made his biggest mark as a prep football player and went on to quarterback the Humboldt State (Arcata, Calif.) team during the mid-50's. He graduated from HSU in 1957. It was there he met his wife Georgia. They were married for 63 years. He came back to teach and coach baseball at Clover Park High School and was there for the next 40 years. September 1958 to June 1998. Merle loved teaching and developed a long lasting connection with many of his students. He believed there was always a "teaching moment" regardless of the circumstances. He had a successful baseball coaching career at Clover Park. Garnering many awards included 3 SPSL Championships, 2nd in the State Tournament, District Coach of the Year twice, & Washington State High School Coach of the Year. In addition Merle also coached the Lakewood Rotary Connie Mack team from 1971 - 1974 and the Lakewood Legion team from 1974 -77. His 1972 club were State & Pacific NW Regional champions. He was inducted into the Washington State High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988. Merle also had a long history as a football official, wearing his striped shirt on the gridiron for 50 years, 27 of those years at the Division II, III and NAIA college level. He was selected to work 15 high school state championship games, along with numerous semi-final contests, and in 10 college playoffs, including the 1995 NAIA title contest in the Tacoma Dome when Central Washington University and Findlay University battled to a 21-21 tie. Merle received the Outstanding Official Award for District 8 from the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association in 1998 held in Kansas City, Mo. Pierce County awards included the Marv Scott Coaches Award and the Jack Johnson Meritorious Award for Lifetime Football Officiating. Merle is also a member of the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame. Merle is survived by his wife, Georgia; his daughter Tracy of Seattle; son Brian of Ellensburg; granddaughter Rachel (Patrick) Garmong of Oxford, Mississippi; grandson Taylor (Sadie) Hagbo of Arcata, California; great grandchildren Grady and Beau Garmong & Trudy Hagbo; brother John (JoAnn) Hagbo of Boise/Meridian, Idaho. A Celebration of Life in honor of Merle will be held at Tacoma Country and Golf Club, 13204 Country Club Drive S.W., Lakewood , WA 98498 on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Mar. 13, 2020.
Wes Saxton -- William Wesley Saxton passed away March 21, 2016. He was born September 12, 1924. He was a teacher, coach and counselor for thirty years in the Clover Park School District. He served in the U.S. Navy at the end of WWII. He loved his family and was married to Florence May Nicole Saxton for 67 years before she passed away March 15, 2013. His dedication and love for his three sons William, Robert and Gregory manifested itself in several ways. One was coaching were not only did he share the love of sports with his sons but with many other young boys. He also coached high school girls' basketball. Among the ideals for living he stressed were to live life with dignity win or lose, be true to your family and be careful to judge others. He will be missed by his family, including eight grandchildren and those who he influenced as an educator, coach and friend. A graveside service will be held with military honors at Mountain View Memorial Park June, 3, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on May 29, 2016.
Jerry Storvick Age 88, was born in Albert Lea, MN on 12-31-1929. He died on 03-03-2018 in Lacey, WA. Jerry attended high school in Albert Lea, MN and then spent four years in the U.S. Navy. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the University of Wyoming with a Master of Education in Educational Guidance. He worked as a teacher, a high school counselor, and a public services coordinator from 1957-1990. He held local, state, regional, and national offices in counseling services to high school students. He is survived by sister-in-law, Lynn Storvick, and family in Columbia, MO. He appreciates family, neighbors, friends, students, their families, and staff with whom he worked. He wishes everyone could receive as much personal satisfaction and gratification from their choice of life work as he did. "Always look for the good in others. It is there," he was known to say. No local services are planned. Internment will take place at Round Prairie Lutheran Church in Glenville, MN.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Mar. 11, 2018.
Peter Thomas Manley Peter (age 76) passed away, May 4, 2020 in Wenatchee, Wahington after a brief illness. Pete was born August 14, 1943 to Art and Jo Manley. Pete graduated from Clover Park High School in 1961 where he met his high school sweetheart, Kathie Irwin. Pete and Kathie married in 1964 at The Little Church on the Prairie. They raised their family in Lakewood where they lived until moving to Entiat, Washington in 2012. Pete was a hardworking man who started in the construction business at 14. He purchased a tractor and worked in the area excavating for contractors as University Place developed into a suburb of Tacoma. He became a carpenter by trade which led him to success in the industrial construction industry and was co-owner of General Mechanical of Tacoma. He formed many friendships from his years in business. When he had the opportunity to retire in 1997 he was able to continue those relationships as he set out to enjoy over 20 years of fishing, hunting, and traveling. Pete and Kathie's home in Entiat served as a home base for their adventures. He had fun driving his Bobcat and landscaping their five acres. Pete loved to have his grandchildren join them at the cabin. He had as much fun as they did building tree forts, shooting targets, riding motorcycles, and thinking up pranks to pull on the children's parents. Pete and Kathie spent over 15 summers traveling to the west side of Vancouver Island to fish for salmon and halibut. Pete took immense pleasure taking friends and family fishing. Sending people home with a cooler full of fish was one of the favorite things he did in his lifetime. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur George and Josephine Frances Manley. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kathleen Mary Manley; children, Deborah O'Brien (Todd) and Michael Manley (Beth); his three grandchildren, Tyler O'Brien, Tessa O'Brien, and Talus O'Brien; and his sisters, Dianna Pasco (Bob) and Tina Bruemmer. At a later date, when larger gatherings are allowed, there will be Celebration of Life service in the Tacoma area.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on May 24, 2020
Roger Egan Brown
A caring husband, father, and grandfather; Army Veteran (23 years) and True Neighbor. He died unexpectedly from a pulmonary embolism on December 26, 2019, at the age of 77 in his home in Kirkland, Washington. He was surrounded by his wife of 52 years, all four children and family members that were visiting for the holidays.
Roger was born on December 6, 1942 in Corvallis, Oregon, and spent his childhood in France. He graduated from Clover Park High School in Lakewood where he played many varsity sports. He graduated from St. Martins College in Lacey, Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Roger was hired at Puget Power immediately upon graduation and worked as a Civil Engineer and Project Manager. Roger worked for Puget Power starting in 1972 and retired in 2014.
Roger proudly joined the U.S.Army 82nd and 101st Airborne and was a part of the Special Forces (Green Berets) serving in Vietnam in 1966.After his tour of duty was finished, he married Karin in 1967. Roger brought his young family to Kingsgate in 1972. He was an active Board member of the HOA and regularly committed his time and energy to its upkeep. Roger enjoyed hunting, camping, skiing and loved spending time with his family. He was passionate about genealogy and committed himself to connecting family members.
Roger is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Annie, his brother, Gary Brown, as well as his daughter-in-law Brooke. He is survived by his wife Karin, four children Roger Jr. (Edit), Chris (Rita), Gena Cook (Chris) and Peter and nine grandchildren Jordan, Alex, Nick, Daniel, Ashlyn, Andras, Aron, Connor and Ryan.
Graveside Services will be held at: Mountain View Cemetery, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499.
His spouse Karin will hold a memorial service January 18, 2020 at 11:30am at the Soldiers Wall at Mountain View Funeral Home. Her address for cards is: 13512 NE 118th Kirkland WA 99033
Andris J. Cakarnis
December 26, 2022
St. Pete Beach, Florida –
Andris Cakarnis-devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, proud Latvian American passed away on December 26, 2022 at home in St. Pete Beach, Fl.
Born in Latvia, he immigrated to Tacoma, Washington at age 8. A graduate of WSU, he lettered in tennis and, while there, played against Arthur Ashe.
Andris will be remembered by many friends and on tennis courts, the WSU campus, his restaurant family, and teaching/coaching high school sports.
He is survived by his wife Marianne, sons David and Collin, stepchildren Natalie and Jason, their spouses and seven wonderful grandchildren.
A memorial will be held in Washington state. In lieu of flowers, donations to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fl. would be preferred.
Andris came to our Steilacoom Grade School when we were in the 2nd grade. Many memories of those wonderful years. Last time I saw him, was a Clover Park High School class of '61Reunion. Must have been our 40th or 50th. He had a brother and a sister that my family also knew. Condolences to his wife and extended family. It is a sad loss. I have a picture or 2, but no way to post them.
Kay (Foster) Van Valkenburg.
Went to grade school in Steilacoom, WA with an Andris Cakarnis. His sister was in our grade, Marita . Could this be the same Andris? Signed Bobbee Bunce and Donna VanDerippe, Class of 56 Steilacoom Grade School.
Barbara (Bobbee) Bunce-Hotel
There will be a memorial gathering here, in Washington State, but we have been informed that it will be a gathering for 'family only.' We will respect the family's request.
Kathleen Joan “Kathy” Brock Palmer
July 23, 1943 ~ December 7, 2022 (age 79)
On December 7th, we lost our beloved Kathy Palmer. The daughter of Bob and Marjorie Brock, she was a lifelong Steilacoom resident and a 1961 graduate of Clover Park High School. Kathy was a loving and supportive wife to Tom Palmer for 60+ years and a perfect mom to Kelly and Tiffany. She cherished her grandchildren, Erin and Maddie Freeman, Delaney and Levi Ek, and great-granddaughter Harper Elza, as well as her 5 younger siblings, nieces, nephews, and her wonderful friends.
Always a happy hostess, Kathy could be found in the kitchen making great food or baking sweet treats for her favorite people. She used her creativity and impeccable eye for beauty in her decorating, gardening and flower arranging.
We’ll remember her quiet, gentle nature, her generous loving heart, and her nurturing care for family and friends alike. She died peacefully, under the care of Kelly, with the same grace in which she lived her life.
We’ll celebrate her with cake!
Saturday, February 4th, 2pm
In Prairie Hall at Little Church on the Prairie
Lakewood, WA 98338