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Pete Palmer
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2012-07-11 22:27:23
James Palo
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2012-07-11 22:27:24
Francine Parker (Locati)
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2016-12-04 19:49:39
DECEASED

Francine "Punkie" Locati
 

—  Nov. 13, 2016

Francine “Punkie” Locati of Walla Walla, died Sunday, Nov. 13, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.  Born in 1941 in Walla Walla, Francine loved kids and followed that passion by working as a cook for the Walla Walla School District, at one time serving as their representative to the state legislature. She was involved in the Jaycee Janes being named, along with her husband Don, as Jaycee couple of the year in 1962. She was also very active in the United Way, serving as director of the residential division in 1976.

 

Francine loved good food, socializing; enjoyed going to movies and playing cards with friends, and had a wonderful smile and laugh that could light up a room. She loved filling her weekends with family and camping, belonging to the Good Sam Club camping group for many years. Francine had a huge heart, taking in relatives during tough times, and serving as “mom” for several neighborhood kids and relatives.

She leaves behind her beloved husband, Don; her brother, Richard Parker and wife Danielle of Astoria; sister, Rita Hower of Milton Freewater; her three sons, Ken and wife Patricia of San Diego, Michael and wife Richele of Walla Walla, Devin and wife Gibran of Walla Walla; grandchildren, Leasha, Spencer, Kyndal, Mariah and Ethan (and Snuggles); along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Van Parker.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates your continued support of her husband, Don Locati and/or donations can be made to Herring Groseclose Funeral Home. A celebration of life memorial will take place on Dec. 3, at the Golden West Estates Clubhouse from 1-3 p.m. We encourage everyone to bring memories (and pictures). Graveside service to be held Friday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery.

Terry Parsons
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terry@parsons.org Retired - GE & IKON Married 2 2012-07-11 22:27:26
Spouse:  Pat
Children:  2 Daughters
Grandchildren:  6
Activities/Hobbies:  Spendling time with grandchildren, traveling, volunteer work, golf, tennis, etc.

After graduating from Whitman College in 1963 with a degree in economics, joined General Electric Company on their Financial Management program in Syracuse N.Y. There I met my wife, Pat, and we have now been married 43 years. We have two daughters each of whom is married stay-at-home moms; one resides in Palo Alto, Ca and has two children and the other in Wheaton Il and has four children. 
 
After nearly 31 years with General Electric Co. in various finance, sales, customer service, and distribution positions and picking up an MBA, joined IKON Office Solutions as a VP Finance and Administration and retired from IKON during 2001 leading the company’s Logistic organization. After 11 corporate moves between GE and IKON, moved from Philadelphia to Carlsbad, California five years ago.
 
Like most grandparents, we enjoy spending time with our grandchildren and they are now of the age where they can fly to the San Diego area without their parents which increases our one-on-one time together. We also enjoy traveling and try to include an international volunteer trip each year. Southern California is a great area to enjoy outdoor activities and, when in town, we take advantage of jogging/walking on the beach, tai chi classes and some volunteer activities including “bending nails” one day a week on Habitat for Humanity projects and working on City of Carlsbad hiking trails. Additionally, I try to get in a round of golf and some tennis during the week.
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Bill Patton
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2019-01-18 21:42:50
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Patton, Henry William 74 Aug. 11, 1940 Jan. 14, 2015 Henry "Bill" William Patton passed away Jan. 14, 2015. He was the son of Edna Mae and Henry "Pat" Patton Sr. of Walla Walla. Bill was a great and wise man, devoted husband, caring brother, loving uncle and grandfather with true taste for adventure. He had many passions from classic cars to fishing, hunting, watching NASCAR and his beloved Seahawks play, to spending time with family and friends. And whether it was the many restorative projects he worked on or just simply looking out for his loved ones, Bill was a hard worker in all he did. He brought laughter and love into the lives of all he met. He truly touched the hearts of so many. Bill is survived by his dear wife, Patricia Patton; "baby," Princess; and loving relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 
 
Published in The Oregonian from Feb. 2 to Feb. 3, 2015
Sandra (Sandi) Patton (Coleman)
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bdgarrett@peoplepc.com Retired - Educator - Jr. High Married 2 2012-07-11 22:27:27
Spouse:  Larry
Children:  2 Daughters
Activities/Hobbies:  Volunteering, church choir, skiing, reading

After Wa-Hi I attended NNC, receiving my B.A. in History with minor in English; I got my “fifth year” from U of W; and years later I received my M.Ed. from SPU. I began teaching in a new junior high in Edmonds, WA and was able to travel extensively in Europe during one summer break. After seven years in Edmonds, we (now married) moved to Chicago where my husband got his MBA from the U of Chicago. I had a wonderful and unique experience of teaching in a Hebrew Day School near the U of C.
 
Our first daughter was born while we were in Chicago. We then moved to Beverly Hills and three years later our second daughter was born. After four plus years in sunny California we came back to the Puget Sound region.
 
We have been in our present home near Lake Washington for 32+ years where we enjoy the beauty of the mountains, Lake Washington, Seattle and the surrounding cities. 
 
My activities in the Bellevue area include civic/community events, Girl Scout leadership, and a broad range of service in my church, especially teaching and singing in the choir. I was grateful to be home while our girls were growing up, but then returned to teaching and shared my love of skiing by starting ski programs at three private schools. I left teaching in ’97, but after four years of relaxing I returned to work, this time at my church. After six years I “retired” again.
 
I love the Puget Sound area, but get back “home” to Walla Walla one/two times a year to visit family. I especially miss the Bee Hive, Gardners, the Book Nook, and the many specialty stores, but it’s great to see the new businesses and residential areas.
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Eva Pearson (Rogers)
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petunia6191@aol.com Retired Computer Data Input Married 2012-07-11 22:27:27
Spouse:  Theodore
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I entered the Air Force in 1960.  I met and married my husband, Theodore, in 1961.  He remained in the Air Force for 21 years.  During this time I worked as a secretary in various places.

When he retired, we moved to Mesa, Arizona.  He went to work as an aircraft maintenance man/inspector and I began work at our local PBS TV Station inputting data into the computer.

After my second heart attack and a triple by pass, I retired and took up needlepointing as a hobby.  He is still working and we are both fairly active in our church.
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Patrick Peterson
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Bonnie Phares (Wickizer)
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March 21, 1941 cbwick2 @comcast.net retired Married 2 2012-07-11 22:31:21

Hi everyone

As most of you know, class mate Chuck Wickizer and I went together in high school and we got we got married on October 16th 1959. We will celebrate our 50th class reunion this year and will also celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.

We now live in Tigard Oregon (Summerfield) a 55 and older retirement complex. Our complex has a golf course which Chuck and I play often. We love it here and we are very lucky to be able to live such a nice retirement complex.

 

Overview of our life.

We have two wonderful sons.

Both sons graduated from the University of Oregon

 

Richard and his family live In Camas Washington. They have seven children and six grandchildren. (Good Mormon boy) It is hard to believe that we have seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Richard is a sales representative for The Tapco Group a company in the housing building products industry.

 

Jay our youngest son lives with his wife Tricia in Beaverton Oregon. Jay’s wife Tricia is a school teacher. They have no children.

Jay is a property manager for the Harsch Company in downtown Portland

 

1959-1969

Chuck went to work for the Bon Marche starting in Walla Walla in sales and ended his stay with them in Ogden Utah as Divisional Merchandise manager of all apparel. In those years we also lived in Pendleton Oregon, Richland Washington.

1970-1976

Chuck became a partner with The Broadway department stores, a Jr. Department store operation that had seven stores in Oregon and Washington. We moved to Eugene Oregon where the corporate office was located and Chuck supervised all the buying and advertising.

1977-1980

We sold our interest in the Broadway stores and Chuck and I opened an updated women’s apparel store in downtown Eugene. Our timing was not good. The eighties recession set in and we closed the store in 1980.

1981-2003

I was an account manager for Hallmark cards from 1988 to 2003. I had three accounts that I took care of and I enjoyed this job very much.

Chuck went to work for the Emporium department stores in the corporate office located in Eugene Oregon. The Emporium had thirty two department stores located in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, and Nevada. Chuck was the divisional merchandise manager of accessories/cosmetics, intimate apparel and the home division. Chuck was in charge of all buying and advertising of these three divisions. Chuck had six buyers that worked for him and they were in the market on a monthly basis in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Atlanta.

2004-Present

Retired and enjoying every minute of it.

 

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Karen Poulsen (Arbini)
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August 18, 1941 Homemaker and Volunteer Married 3 2012-07-11 22:27:30
        Spouse – John Arbini
        Children – 2 Daughters, 1 Son
        Grandchildren – 3 Boys, 1 Girl
Activities/Hobbies: Reading, Knitting, Travel, and Mariners Baseball
 
Wow, it’s hard to believe that it has been 50 years since graduation. Even though I only attended Wa-Hi my Senior Year, some of my fondest high school memories are from there. After relocating to Walla Walla from California, my parents and I lived in an apartment across the street from Bob Adams while our newly purchased home was being vacated. Thank you, Bob, for introducing me to so many future classmates that summer. It really helped to ease the transition.
 
After graduation I attended Whitman College and was reacquainted with John at a freshman mixer. Seems I needed a diversion from some unwanted attention and sought his help when I saw him sitting at a table with Brian Lucarelli. We were “pinned” by the end of the year and, as the saying goes, the rest is history!
 
John and I married in 1963, and after a move to Seattle our family began arriving in 1966. By 1969 we were five.  Fortunately, I was able to be a stay at home mom, and spending those precious early years with our children was a good fit for me. As they entered school my interests turned to volunteerism. Many hours were spent in classrooms at their schools, in leadership positions with Bluebirds and Campfire, in various positions with the PTA, and serving as a reading tutor in Junior High. Once the children were in high school and college I started the process all over again and returned to assisting with kindergarten classes. After a few years of that, I decided it was time to move on to the adult world with active participation in the Activities Council of the Tacoma Art Museum and several years of volunteer work with St. Joseph Hospital where I had the opportunity to chair their annual charity ball.
 
When John retired from the Bank of America in 1999 I decided it was time to hang up my volunteer hat. We now enjoy time with our adult children, frequent stays at our home in Sunriver, spoiling our grandchildren, and travels with some great friends. I feel blessed that we’ve been able to enjoy life as we have, and look forward to seeing all who are planning to attend the big 50th Reunion.
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