CLOVER PARK HIGH SCHOOL 1961
Sharon Paty Allen
Janet Cox (Sheets)
Marcella 'Sally' Ann Disch
Eileen Eckstrom (Biles)
Thomas Lawrence Elwell
Thomas J. Evans
Donald John Feek
Sharron Fyfe (Wilkie)
Pat Garrison (Frese)
Janet Smith Gish
James 'Jim' Harrington
Joseph Anthony "Tony" Harris
Glenn E. Hintze
Dianne Langhorst (Mosseson)
Steve Edward Lundstrom
Jeanette M. McGowan (Wilson)
Robert James McKenzie
Peter Thomas Manley
Tobyann 'Toby' Nemetz (Strachan)
Sue Noretto (Gibson)
Darrell R. Rumpf
Doris Segar (Olson)
William J. Shepard
Marsha Stewart (Jackson)
William Swope, Jr.
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]
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.
Roger Brown passed away December 26, 2019 at home due to an embolism that went to his heart. He passed very quickly. 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.
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
Lakes High School opened up in the fall of 1962. We knew many of the students there as well as teachers who transferred over to the new high school. Among them, Gerry Austin. His story is worth remembering on our 1961 Class pages.
Story behind Lakes burnt orange and royal blue colorsJUNE 1, 2010 BY BEN SCLAIR The Sjuburban Times
By Tim Marsh, Lakes High School Class of 1966
There are “givens” concerning Lakes High School. Colors for the school are burnt orange and royal blue. Lakes teams are called the Lancers. In fact, even before Lakes opened in September 1962, the school colors were selected. But, when classes began in the 1962-1963 school year, there was not a nickname for Lakes teams. Nor was there a fight song or alma mater. For that matter, there was not a senior class either.
Lakes 1965 grad Rick Austin, 63, Kansas City, Mo., has first-hand knowledge of selection of the school colors and in the selection of the Lancers nickname, too. His father, the late Gerry Austin, was Lakes’ first athletic director and head football coach after serving as the successful head football coach at Clover Park High. Rick was starting quarterback for his father’s first three Lakes teams – the 1962, 1963 and 1964 seasons – and also played basketball and was a baseball pitcher for the Lancers.
“Dad was instrumental in the choice of colors at Lakes, with administration approval of course. The main need was to order the football uniforms for the first season,” said Rick.
Why burnt orange? Gerry Austin thought Darrell Royal was a great football coach. Royal gained his fame as coach (1957–1976) of the University of Texas Longhorns. According to the University of Texas at Austin website, Royal chose the burnt orange color for the Longhorns’ football jerseys. (By the way, before Royal joined Texas in 1957 as its coach, he coached one season, 1956, for the University of Washington, Gerry’s alma mater.)
Another reason for burnt orange and royal blue color scheme, said Rick, was because it was not used by other schools in the Puget Sound League or used by many high school teams in the state.
Rick remembers before the football season began when his father brought all the Lakes football jerseys – they were burnt orange with white numerals – to the Austin home not far from the northern shore of American Lake. “We had the jerseys spread out all over the family room floor and I got to pick my own number by ‘coach’s son privilege,’ Rick said. “The jersey manufacturer only put lower numbers on smaller jerseys. I needed a larger jersey, so that’s why I picked number 42,” he said.
Lancers was one of the several nicknames names suggested by Lakes students during the 1962-1963 school year. Rick Austin was one of the students casting a vote in favor of the winning “Lancers.” During that first school year, Lakes teams played varsity teams from smaller schools and junior varsity teams from larger schools. Thus, until that vote, those Lakes teams in early games of the first year wore burnt orange and royal blue, but they did not have a nickname. In the 1963-1964 school year, Lakes began playing full varsity schedules as a member of the Puget Sound League. League members included Clover Park, Franklin Pierce, Puyallup, Auburn and others.
An interesting sideline to Lakes not having a senior class in 1962-1963 concerns the classes housed in the then new Lakes High School. Sophomores used the school’s sophomore wing. Juniors used the junior wing. However, seventh graders were housed in the senior wing. Many of those students would return to Lakes in the 1965-1966 school year as sophomores. Consequently, as seniors during the 1967-1968 school year they were in the senior wing for a second time.
Lakes Alma Mater and Lakes Fight Song
During the 1963-1964 season, the Lakes boys’ basketball team, coached by Holly Gee, had an outstanding season and played Renton in the Highline gym for the league championship. Lakes won, 47-46, in an upset. It was announced over the public address system late in the game that the fans of the team winning the game could sing its alma mater at the game’s conclusion. Lakes won. There was momentary silence – no Alma Mater — followed by cheering. At that point, Lakes did not have an Alma Mater or Fight Song. Later that school year student-written music and words for the Alma Mater and Fight Song were composed/written and adopted.
Gerry Austin — From Kelso, Gerry Austin, who died at age 70 in 1994, was a quarterback at Kelso High and for the University of Washington during the 1942, 1943, 1946 and 1947 seasons. His career as a Husky included being the UW’s quarterback and punter in the 1944 Rose Bowl football game. A member of the Washington State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, he coached football at Clover Park from 1949 to 1961, then coached for six years at Lakes. He compiled a 118-53-8 record at Clover Park and Lakes with his Warriors and Lancers football teams winning four Puget Sound League championships. He became the Clover Park School District athletic director in 1975 and retired in 1981. His wife/Rick’s mother, Lillian Austin, died in 2006. Like her husband, she was a Kelso High grad. Prior to retiring in 1986, she was an elementary school secretary for more 20 years in the Clover Park School District.