Welcome To Ellensburg High School
Class of 1969 Website
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING?
Answers to this important question
by members of
The Ellensburg High School Class of 1969
||What Have I been Doing
Dear ‘69 Classmates, August 1, 2019
I have been out of circulation for some time. Twenty-three years in
Africa and now twenty years in California (SF Bay Area and Los
Angeles). Presently, am in the Bay Area and teaching
Chemistry with UC Berkeley’s Extension program. This summer I am
teaching a fast-paced Organic Chemistry course. In addition, working
on a lot of projects involving character and leadership development
for the youth. I was hoping to make the class reunion this year, but
have a conference in Texas starting on August 3rd and my chemistry
final was on Monday and I am in the midst of grading.
To partially make up for my physical absence, I thought I would at
least share part of my soul with you. You cannot find me on Facebook
as I am not into social media because I have
too many friends in Nigeria and would not get anything done outside
I am sending a few photos for our website so you can know I am still
alive. One is with a basketball and soccer ball dressed in a
Nigerian “shirt” (I learned to play soccer in Nigeria and
am still playing soccer and basketball in California. The Nigerian
diet must have given strength to the ligaments). Another photo is in
front of the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (the most
important person to the Mexicans). The other is on a camel in Israel
as we headed down the desert mountains from Jerusalem to the Dead
Sea. (We were traveling by bus; the camel was
just a photo gig along the way). I returned in 1998 from the
“missions” in Africa because the Western World was
becoming the new mission territory as many people had lost sight of
the Creator. One of my areas of greatest interest is harmonizing the
truths of science, philosophy and religion,
especially with respect to the Spiritual Intelligence that is the
ultimate cause of all that exists. As I will never have a chance to
get together with each of you individually, I hope in the near
to share the highlights of what I have been learning in this area.
The exciting thing is that the discoveries of science, especially in
the area of molecular biology, are yielding clear evidence
for the existence of God Another thing I hope to share in the near
future is a song entitled, “Friends” that I wrote
in honor of one of my best friends who lived in Portland Oregon, and
who died of a massive heart attack in his living room as his wife
was preparing breakfast last fall. I had written the first
stanza of the song thirty years ago, but my friend’s death became
the inspiration for completing it (the last two stanzas).
Have a great reunion. Missing you all, and hoping that one day soon
I will be able to give each of you a hug in person before we depart
Lots of love,
Mike (Link To Mike's
Hi, Classmates. In
the past 40 years we have all become a little older and a little
smarter. Well, at least I am a little older and a little smarter.
I still live in Ellensburg and married to Beth Knudson (class of
72) for 35 years. We have 2 great kids, Matt 28 and Lacy 25. Matt
married Tina Law last September. They live in Kenmore where Matt
bids commercial electrical jobs, and Tina is finishing up Dental
School. Lacy is holding out for the right guy (just like her dad
but not a red-neck). Beth and I ride a lot – horses not bikes. I
belong to the Ellensburg Rodeo Posse, Beth is on the Rodeo City
Equestrian drill team, and we go train riding when time allows. I
am still selling Chevy’s at Ellensburg Chevrolet. Beth retired
from teaching after 31 years and works for a program that helps
youth finish their education and then places them in employment. I
have been on the reunion committee but as usual the girls did all
the work. Hope to see you at the reunion. I’ll be the old guy gray
hair and glasses wearing Wranglers. My home phone is 509-925-5215,
my cell is 509-929-6985. My wife’s email is (Contact
Webmaster). I don’t respond to email, I
would rather talk in person – see, I am a redneck.
Patsy (Johnson) Bacon
Have lived in
Vancouver, WA for the last 30 years. Wife, mother, teacher,
librarian, gardener, daughter. Grandma to Tatum (10), Haley(4) &
Seth (1). Truly a “sandwiched” generational. A highlighted trip
was visiting my ancestral homelands of Norway & Sweden. Have been
married 38 years. Bob & I also have finally figured out what we
want to do (since we’re now grown up) --- RETIRE!
(to echo Sandy Evens) And
we’ll be moving back to the Burg to do
in a few years…...or a few years more……Just keep me away from
those dang Indian casinos!
And give me my mojo
- Still working for a living haven't found the golden egg yet.
My wife and I will celebrate our 38th. anniversary this year. We
are enjoying being Grandparents of 5. If we knew how much fun
Grandchildren are we would have skipped right ahead to them. I
am looking forward to the reunion to catch up with the class of
|Michael A. Brain
- Just a
note to let everyone know what I have been up to. Came to Alaska
in 1974 on a road trip and never left. Drove truck, primarily on
the North Slope, for a number of years and then had a major change
of life crisis. Apparently I thought law school would be cheaper
than therapy. So I went to law school in my thirties – and they
accepted me – go figure. Came back to Alaska and ultimately
started my own firm in 1989 in Anchorage and am still here. Was
married and had 2 great kids. Now they are both in college. So
between the divorce, my retirement primarily invested in the stock
market and 2 kids in college -- my new retirement plan appears to
be to work until I am dead. Just kidding --- life is really good.
Living in Alaska (bears, volcanoes, earthquakes and winters
notwithstanding) has been quite the adventure. I am looking
forward to seeing everyone this September. Now that Sarah Palin
is unemployed, perhaps I can persuade her to join me.
- Another 10 years gone by. Since we last got together my Dad
has relocated to Ellensburg so I get over a couple times a year.
Always look up Curtis and have coffee and then to see Walt &
Florence, (we lost both of them early in 2009. Did get there in
April and Walt seemed to be doing good, but he passed soon after
that and then Forence who wasn't doing well passed, so got back
over in June for the celebration of their lives (got
sidetracked). My wife, Margaret and I are still in with the
Garden Railway group and just did a convention in Denver this
year, next year we will host the 26th national convention here in
Washington. Still living in big ole Rochester, Washington.
Looking forward to the reunion.
|Vicky (Rehaume) Campbell
- Hi everybody. I can't believe it's been 40 yrs. I still
feel like an 18 year old and have been told by many that I may
act even younger! Of course those people are just being mean.
Now let's see would you like to know what I've been doing in the
last forty years? So do you want a blow by blow account or the
Reader's Digest version? Probably the Reader's Digest version.
I have one son, Billy. A brilliant computer scientist, working
for Battelle in Richland, WA. He is married and has two
children. I'm a grandma, need I say more! My husband and I have
been retired for 2 years and we live in Richland also. I worked
at the Valley Clinic in Ellensburg as a data processor and
biller for many years. Also worked for my brother Doug, at
the Kittitas County Title Company for 3 years until I met my
husband Randy Campbell on an Internet Chat Line. Randy was a
California Highway Patrolman. I moved to Southern California,
married Randy, and lived in California for 10 years. Now that we
are both retired we moved back to Washington to be near our
combined families. Together we have 5 grand kids. We are
currently trying to sell our house in Richland. We have a 5th
wheel and our intention is to travel and spend about a month in
each state. I want to see Roswell, the Bad Lands, Area 51, go
back to New York City, and just see it all!
Hope to see everyone at the Reunion.
|Joan Stevenson Carrington
- I'm currently living in Walla Walla with my wife of 38 years,
Susan (McElroy) who also is a graduate of EHS. We moved to Walla
Walla in 2000 after living in Pasco for 26 years. I worked as a
railroad engineer on the Hanford Reservation until my division was
shut down and I was laid off. I decided to create my own job by
purchasing a franchise and opening a Quiznos Sub restaurant in
downtown Walla Walla. It keeps me busy between 50 and 60 hours a
week. I'm looking forward to selling it someday and retiring.
The sooner the better! Susan and I have two grown children.
Julie is married and living in Pasco. Gary also lives in Pasco
and he will be married in August in our backyard. We have one
granddaughter, Carlee, and two step grandchildren, Austin and
Alexis. I'm looking forward to the reunion.
|June (Weisbeck) Coleman
WOW what to say after 40 yrs.
Life has certainly been interesting in the last 40 yrs.
Moved to Spokane after high school then off to Calif.
Three sons later and divorced moved back to Northwest.
Now 6 grandchildren, told the boys they cannot have any more
because I cannot afford them. (smile. It is great being a grand
Have worked as travel consultant for the last 28 yrs manager of
local agency now.
Love finding old friends and long lost family members.
Married Dale in 95, Parents moved in with us 2 yrs ago so life is
Hope to see everyone in Sept.
June (Weisbeck) Coleman
Have a wonderful day :-) Dale & June
|Mindy Stinson Desens
- First of all, thanks to the Reunion Committee for your hard
work, and to Randy Campbell for the great user-friendly web page!.
I married Ron Desens in 1979. He was a very cool guy who worked at
Anderson Hay with me.
After I finished school (CWU, Aerospace Science) and we had our
first son (Arthur Jason, born the day after school ended!), we
moved to Litchfield, MN to take over Ron’s family farm. Within a
few years we became certified organic, and continued to raise
corn, beans, and alfalfa. We started selling grass-fed beef and
organic, free-range chickens at the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market
twenty-five years ago. Our second son Derek was born in 1982. Both
of the kids were very math and science oriented: Arthur majored in
Theoretical Physics, Derek in Computer Science. I have no idea
where they got that! Arthur’s long-term plan was to farm with his
dad, but Ron was killed in a freak, tragic farm accident almost
five years ago. Arthur and I continue to farm (I’m in charge of
the market and some livestock chores, Arthur does the rest).
Derek’s a computer analyst-consultant for Accenture, and presently
is supervising a software development program in Pennsylvania. He
recently proposed to his long-time girlfriend in front of the
county fair grandstand, just before he raced in an auto cross (she
thought she was brought out to the track to be the “flag girl” for
that race). My primary business is Lucky Mindy Adventures, Inc., a
Special-Needs tour company (all my clients are developmentally
disabled). We do roughly 20 trips a year, mostly domestic but a
couple international tours annually. During the reunion, I’ll be
leading a group of 12 to Italy. It was a trip I couldn’t turn
down! I do travel a great deal, and Ron and I enjoyed some
fantastic vacations to places like Australia, Egypt, China, South
Africa, the Galapagos, and countless trips to Europe
(I quit counting at 35 trips). I seem to have an addiction
to Iceland, and generally make it back at least once a year. I
also had a wonderful trip in March
to Viet Nam with EHS 1968 grad John Dearing. It was
actually his second visit there, as he’d flown helicopters there
during the war…I can’t be certain, but I believe this visit was
more enjoyable for him, lol. During the last couple years I’ve
become a very serious metal detectorist, and twice annually make
junkets to Colchester to find wonderful old coins, buttons, and
miscellaneous artifacts ranging from Roman, Saxon, Norman,
Medieval, Tudor, etc. all the way up to some WWII buttons and
shrapnel . My best find so far was a 50 BC gallo-belgic Celtic
Gold coin. I’m heading back at the end of September and have three
trips booked for 2010. I think this love of detecting was fostered
when my family would take me and my brother out to the Columbia
River to hunt for arrowheads, and up one of the canyons east of
Eburg to hunt for Blue Agates. I love to scavenge…everywhere I
travel I pick up bits of pottery, glass, stones, etc… I detect
both land and water; still hoping to find either a hoard or a 5
carat diamond ring!
I promised Vicky Rehaume Campbell that I’d come to this reunion,
and I feel so bad that I broke that promise. I SWEAR I’ll make it
to the 50th, Vicky! (In the meantime, I’m planning a
reunion with Vicky sometime yet this year.) I’ve only been back to
Eburg a couple times since 1980; I’m guessing it’s changed a great
deal. I’ll be honest now and admit that I had a horrible time in
high school; I wish I could do it over again. Not.
Oh well, c’est la vie.
- I've been back in the 'burg since September of 2005. I got a
job as the director at the public library right after I got my
Masters of Library and Information Services. Talk about a late
bloomer! What a trip going back to school after thirty years. When
I threatened to quit early on my son said, "Suck it up mom, you
can do it."
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion. I'm going
to have a Pooh Corner Reunion Brunch at my house Sunday morning.
Everyone is invited. Probably not too early though because who
knows what time we'll be getting to bed after the bash at
- Family practice physician in Arlington 1980-present.
Married to Margaret.
Three Children--1.Lauren, age 29, MA in Public Health UNC; 2.
Allan, age 23 senior SPU; 3. Erin, age 20, junior SPU
|Linda Robertson Eaton
- My husband, Ken and I are now back in Ellensburg after living
in Plains, Montana for three years. We purchased 160 acres, built
our dream home, had a few cattle and thoroughly loved living in
Montana. But, as you all know, life can take a sharp turn. We are
now helping Ken's folks with the cattle ranch half way down the
canyon road. They needed our help and we felt that we were doing
God's will by coming back to E-burg. We have 5 beautiful
grandchildren whom all live close by. Ken is living out his dream
of cattle ranching and I am spending as much time as I can with my
grandkids and traveling whenever possible. Can't wait for the
reunion to see and visit with all my classmates. Forty years,
Joan (Scott) Elmer
- Still living in and loving Denver, Colorado…..and am back in
school, pursing a Masters Degree in Project Management. I learned
that human knowledge has doubled in the last ten years and after
asking myself in mine had, (the answer was “no”) I decided to try
and do something about it. Plan to graduate mid- 2010! I have two
large dogs (my “girls”), that I adopted when they were 8 wks of
age and are now 5 years old, who I dearly love and enjoy…..not to
mention they keep me extremely active! My beautiful 26 year old
son, Michael, and his lovely girlfriend, Sarah, are doing well and
live in the Seattle area (miss not having them closerLL). Other
than that I’m just thankful for every moment and been staying
active in community and professional organizations, hanging with
my friends, planting flowers, playing “Bunco” , and keeping in
touch with Betsy Billeter and Dennis Miller!
Kudos’ to the Boogie ’69-09 Reunion Committee! Awesome website and
communications!!! I’m looking forward to seeing and catching up
with my classmates!
Hugs to Everyone - Joan
- 40 years in 300 words! ha. I am a fiction writer, working on
my second novel GRAFFITI as my first, THE ORCHARD KEEPERS is on
submission to editors through my literary agent. I have two kids,
my youngest, a daughter just graduated from college our oldest,
our son, the year before. He has a great job!! (an accomplishment
these days) working in renewable energy in San Francisco. My
husband still works as an ER doc at an ER in the Providence system
in Everett, WA. We happily live in Seattle on Capitol hill,
where in addition to writing novels I tutor ESL middle school
kids in creative writing through a literacy center, 826 Seattle.
The things we like to do the most are travel, lots of road biking
and down hill skiing. Never able to get "E-burg's" rural setting
out of my system, I have an extensive vegetable and flower garden
in my city back yard. My husband calls me a foodie, as I love to
go to farmer's markets and cook for my family and friends.
- Hello, Rob Fraser here. I haven't been able to attend many
reunions, maybe just the 10 year, so haven't seen many of you for
too long of a time. My wife, Gaylene Leavitt-Fraser, and I moved
to NYC in the late '70s and moved back to the Burg in 2006. We
have been married 38 years in July and have a 17 year old daughter
and a 14 year old son. I'm happy to report that, in lieu of our
children's ages, we have no grandchildren. We got a late start on
the family building part of our lives. I was a Freelance
Photographer while in NYC and Gaylene (class of '70) was a
commercial artist's agent. We enjoy being back in the Burg...
except for that damn April-March wind. It's soooo cold on my old
bones. We both look forward to seeing many of you at the reunion.
I will actually be playing in the band at our reunion along with
Al Kaatz and Wayne Hunt. Yes, I can still "rock out"... once in a
while. See you soon.
aka Phyllis Kimie Pocock
- Since 1969, I have lived in Utah, California and Washington.
I have had various occupations, including running a small
homestead, posing as an artist's model, harvesting mussels, and
organic salad growing. In 1984, I returned to school to study art
and graduated in 1991 with a BFA. I was married for eighteen
years, then divorced in 2007. In 2007, I reconnected with my high
school boyfriend, Allen Kaatz. I'm currently attending the
Seattle Eastside Feldenkrais Training. When not in session, I am
working in my studio and creating a new vegetable and flower
garden in our backyard.
|Pat and Johnnie Geoghegan
- Hello All,
After living in Arizona for 22 years, Johnnie and I moved to
Oklahoma 5 1/2 years ago. I still push pizza for a living and
Johnnie does medical contracting. We have 2 children, a son, Nate
who lives in Italy. He is married and god willing will give us our
first grand child in February. Our daughter Jen is married and lives
in Scottsdale, AZ, she is a plastic surgeon and way to busy building
a practice to give us grand children. Johnnie and I can't wait to
see old friends and catch up on what you all have been doing. See
- I have been residing in Portland Ore. and have been married to
Janet-1980 to present. We have a great 14-year-old daughter,
Allison-entering Grant H/S. She is in track and has been a Jazz &
symphonic band musician during the past three years.
In the summer, we horseback for relaxation and snow ski in the
winter for the need for speed! My body is holding up fairly well,
and the carburetor seems to keep me running and playing pretty
good these days. I exercise daily by running and strength
training and seem to make it home without hurting-or I am
sloughing off? I am a market strategist and business developer
for Cenveo corporation, working for the Portland location. I have
developed a few businesses with partners and have wound them down
as well. So, my life has been up and down like many, but I really
count my blessings for what health and family and friends I do
have to enjoy. I hope all my classmates feel blessed and are
doing well too. dg
|Tim & Lynell Greer
- Lynell (my CWSC catch) and I have been together for over 37
years, pretty much ever since leaving the ‘Burg in 1974. We think
of our Ellensburg days often, and are really looking forward to
the reunion. We’ve been living in Phoenix, where I worked as a
radio DJ for years and then started a computer consulting
business. Lynell has been working in health care, and has been a
registered dietitian for 20+ years. We have two girls, Stella and
Lacey, 23 & 22. To compensate for our empty nest, we have taken up
flying, taking advantage of the great weather the Southwest
offers. We love traveling in Mexico, and recently had a great
adventure flying down the Baja. See you soon…
Hammond (voted most likely to be Scott Hammond) What have I been
After 32 years of being an army corpsman, EMT, and Paramedic at
E.F.D and Cle Elum (including a short stint as a Fire Captain at
E.F.D. – until I hosed the reserve cop) like Steve Martin in “The
Jerk”; I finally found my purpose...proving that God is indeed a
As the principal at Blue Creek Landscape, Inc. dba Aquascape by
Blue Creek; I have been designing and installing naturalistic, eco
friendly, aesthetically pleasing, low maintenance water features.
Having become recognized as a Certified Aquascape Contractor and a
Certified RainXchange Professional; I work with water, rock, and
lighting to craft residential, commercial, and ecological
I am also a minority managing partner of a Texas based company;
‘Rockwater Consulting’ that deals with larger scale storm water,
rain water harvest, zoo exhibit, and recreational water feature
The work has taken me throughout the country, Mexico, and Ireland
to build water features. It’s a blast but I still suck as a
business guy...seems I ‘give too much away’...I suppose that may
qualify me as an ‘artist’ of sorts.
Sally has persevered with me now for, lo, these 37 years.
(yeah...she may be crazy) and God has blessed me with our
children: Corina (34) of Ellensburg who married a stellar young
man – David Fiske (Edward Jones Office Manager); Micah Hammond
(Worship Leader at Tempe Vineyard) who married Jodi Shea (now a
deputy prosecutor in Maricopa County) of Lynden. They reside in
Tempe, AZ; and Kaitlin Hammond who is a Registered dietician
residing in Dallas, TX working for second Harvest as a Children’s
Nutrition Education Program director.
Further blessing has come in the form of grandchildren...yes...I
am called “Poppy”, and I am a blessed man! Breck, Rosemary, David,
and Cecilia are ‘out’ and there’s one more arriving in January!
Still in the ‘Burg’ after all these years...but contemplating
becoming a snowbird!
So...if pictures are worth many words here’s the rest of the
|Sandy Rowe Harris
- I have lived in the Denver area for the past 21 years and we
love the 300+ days of sunshine and the world class skiing and
outdoor activities. My husband, Ron, and I love to travel and
will complete our goal of visiting all 4 grand slam tennis
tournaments with a trip to Australia in January. We love spending
time with our 5 grandchildren and we take our 2 daughters, their
husbands and the grandkids on vacation at least once a year. We
were all in St. John, Virgin Islands in June and we're all going
to Disney World in November. Ron and I both still work full time
- we have to in order to support our love of travel and to build
back our retirement funds! Many thanks to the reunion committee
for a great job!
|Susan Cargo Hill
- I married Redge Hill in 1972 and we
will celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary this year. He's just a
habit I can't seem to break. We have 3 grown children; Andrea living
in Tennessee, Ryan living in Danville, CA and Kyle living in
I began working for VWR International shortly after marrying Redge
and have work for them ever since. I am the Director of Supply Chain
Management and will celebrate 32 years with the company this year.
Another habit I can't break.
|Mary Smith Hubbard
- Working at Yakima Federal for last 30
years. Currently Vice President and Branch Manager at
Ellensburg office. Joe and I have been marred for 37 years. We
have one daughter who is married and lives in Everett.
|Carol Powell Jackson
- I have been employed as a Marketing teacher at Enumclaw High
School for the last twenty two years. I Have two grown girls and
recently became a grandmother of a beautiful grandson. I am a
recent widow and learning how to adjust to the hand God has dealt
me. The journey so far has been good and I look forward to what
- Still playing the guitar professionally, current interests
include cooking, gardening, hanging out with my stepdaughter,
living healthy. In 2007 I reunited with high-school girlfriend
Kimie Fujimoto (formerly Phyllis Pocock) after a 38-year gap.
Life is funny.
- Working for YVCC teaching. Single. Daughters married, one
granddaughter, Indi (2-1/2). Visited Norway 4 years ago, looking up
Viking ancestors :). Went for a coastal cruise and visited
- What has happened in the past forty years? Life, some good,
some bad. Some dreams realized, but most not. I attended U of W
after graduating. I was in the aerospace program, but that is when
the bottom fell out of the aerospace industry. I left the U of W
and came back to Ellensburg and attended Central off and on for
the next two years in the Mechanical Engineering program. I
finally came to the conclusion I was never going to be able two
sit behind a desk for eight hours a day. I worked for a year at
Buchannan Chevrolet and found out I had an above average aptitude
for working on cars. I got married to Cathy Breckenridge in
August, 1972 and started school at Spokane Community College in
September. I graduated in 1974 with an AA degree in auto
mechanics. In February of 1976 on a Sunday night, Cathy asked me
for a divorce. The next morning, I received a call from work and
was laid off. Boy, what a great twelve hours. Two weeks later, the
first job I found was in Pullman. I have been there ever since. I
split my thumb at work and had to go to the doctor to get it
stitched back together. When I went back to get the stitches out,
the nurse asked me over for dinner. This last April, we had our
32nd anniversary. My wife Bev had one son from a previous
marriage, Thor. He is 43 years old and has a PHD in
Bio-engineering. He works for Sandia Labs in Albuquerque. Bev and
I have two sons, J'ean and Billy (William). J'ean is 31, graduated
from WSU, works for Emser Tile in Kent. Emser is a wholesale
supplier. He has a 5 year old daughter. Billy was born with Down
Syndrome and is 30. He still lives at home, as he will never be
able to live on his own. He has been the biggest blessing in my
About 18 years ago, I rededicated my life to Christ and have been
very active in the church in several different positions as well
as singing in the choir and in many major Christmas productions.
I also have been active in community theater, drama, comedy and
I mechanic ed in the private sector until 1992 when I went to work
as a heavy equipment mechanic for the City of Pullman. I injured
my right shoulder in 2001 on the job and had to have surgery to
repair it. It gave out again on the job in 2007 and they were not
able to repair the damage this time. The doctor would not release
me to return to work as a mechanic, so in July 2008, the city
offered me a new position with the police department as a Code
Enforcement Officer. It was a big cut in pay but, I got to keep my
benefits. This was very important because of my son Billy's
medical expenses and by now, my wife Bev has become disabled and
her medicine alone would bankrupt me.
With luck, I will retire November 2012.
AKA Kathy Kenney
First off, in 1992 I legally changed my
first name to Taylor, always hated Kathy, and became Taylor
McGlynn after marrying Liam McGlynn. Since graduation I have
lived in Hawaii twice, Ellensburg twice, Los Angeles, Seattle
and now Colorado. I have had 3 careers: Hotel/Restaurant,
Banking and have spent the last 25 years in IT as a mainframe
System's Programmer. It was a real burn out field, though,
which I ended after being laid off from Washington Mutual
during its recent demise. Thank God I was able to cash out my
stock options before the crash.
Since then I have been semi-retired but will be starting back
to school next week in Nutrition Science an area of great
interest for me. My plans are to work in disease prevention as
well as helping today's overweight children.
My husband and I enjoy long bike trips on our recumbent
tandem, have recently started golfing again and have been
taking Ballroom dancing lessons off and on for years but still
only dance in our living room. I have started drawing and
painting again and have finally found time to read, cook and
browse the internet.
Our life will soon change, though, as my husband recently
accepted a position - get this - with a large and highly
profitable East Indian Outsourcing firm as a technical liaison
between the company's clients and the outsourcing firm. If I
was still in IT I would have a real problem with this but
since they are hiring a lot of U.S. citizens in order to help
with our unemployment crisis it has been easier to accept. He
will be traveling a lot so we will be staying in Colorado - we
really love it here - and I will travel with him off and on as
my classes are all online meeting only 1 hour a week per
class. As long as there is wireless I can go. India will most
likely be on the list as well as the possibility of Europe.
We won't be able to attend the reunion but I would enjoy
getting in contact with classmates, especially those that are
living in Colorado.
EVERY ONE, IT IS GOOD TO BE A LIVE AND LIVING, I NOW LIVE IN
ODESSA WHICH I DO NOT LIKE AND WOULD LIKE TO MOVE BACK TO
ELLENSBURG, IN 2003 I HAD A BOUT WITH A BRAIN TUMOR AND SPENT 3
MONTHS IN THE HOSPITAL AND AFTER I WAS DONE IN THE HOSPITAL I HAD
TO TAKE AN EARLY RETIREMENT BECAUSE OF THE BOUT WITH THE BRAIN
TUMOR AFTER WORKING AT TWIN CITY FOODS FOR 31C YEARS I HAD TO
RETIE ON THE ACCOUNT OF SHORT TERM MEMORY AND FORGETTING A LOT OF
THINGS, BUT I AM DOING OK RIGHT NOW ON RETIREMENT AND I AM GLAD
THAT THE BRAIN THEY SAY MOST ME CALLED A MENINGIOMA AND MOST OF
THE TIME THE MENINGIOMA BRAIN TUMOR IS NOT MALIGNANT THEY SAY MOST
DOGS AND CATS GET IT, I WAS PRETTY LUCKY NOT TO HAVE IT MALIGNANT
I REALLY WAS, BUT RIGHT NOW I AM ENJOYING LIFE AT ITS BEST AND
HOPE TO MOVE BACK TO ELLENSBURG MAYBE WITH IN A YEAR.
|Susan Jensen Montoure
- I finally returned to my roots in 2007, or close by, when my
husband and I bought a "mini ranch" in Selah. We have a million
dollar view and lots of area to take care of. It is a fun luxury
after living in Las Vegas for three plus years. That was an
adventure we are glad is behind us. Had a lot of fun the first
year and then the hot weather, traffic, congestion, people, etc.
got to us. Luckily we sold and got out of there before the bubble
burst! My husband is retired, but is always thinking about maybe
he should go back to work. I am working as a legal assistant for a
law firm in Yakima. We have one dog, Lucy and two black cats.
Other than that things are pretty quite. Hope to see lots of
people in Sept.
Hello everyone. How do you condense 40 years into a few
sentences? Graduated EHS, graduated Shoreline CC, entered
Central, graduated Yakima CC, worked on tv’s, motorcycles, cable
tv, boats and motors. Moved to Cheney graduated from Eastern,
taught college at Spokane Falls and Spokane CC, ran river trips in
Idaho and Oregon, managed outdoor store in Spokane, VP for a
commercial remote camp outfitter, traveled to Europe, Greenland
and Iceland on trade shows and camp installs. Sold clothing and
supplies to DEA, Special Forces, FBI, Hollywood, geologic
companies and more. Got married to Donna in 1991, two kids, Alex
18 and Maddy 15. Company moved I didn’t, finished basement,
started work as a commissioned salesman for saw blades, high tech
welding supplies, driven tools. Spent my retirement fund learning
the ropes. Moved into power fence sales and learned about horses,
cattle, and wild game. Built fences. Returned to Power Fence
Sales. Worked on online computer training for retail store
employees. Got to travel throughout Eastern Washington and
Idaho. Spent lots of time fly fishing. Economy soured and the
family was tired of my traveling 50% of time, so now I am cleaning
out and remodeling the garage until I return to school again.
Thanks to Tim Greer he suggested Computer Forensics, Spokane Falls
has a program that with any luck I can continue to collect
unemployment for the two years the program takes. After that????
Anyway looking forward to seeing folks and the Pooh Corner party!
|Patty Ellinger Noland
- Going to car shows with husband, Lloyd. Spending as much time
with daughter and grandchildren as possible in Oregon. I now have
four. Working at Central (Work, work, work, retire) working
around our home with Lloyd, we enjoy that. That's it for now. I
know some more are coming
Live in Orem, UT
(30 miles south of Salt Lake). Teaching English at a private high
school. Being asked to apply for the principal position. That
should prove interesting. Married 31 years to Shauna. We met one
summer working in Yellowstone Park. Still one of our favorites
places. 3 children-- two daughters, Ashley (27), Jordan (24) and
son Ryan (29). Both daughters married and Jordan is expecting our
first grandchild. Thoroughly enjoy Utah. Hiking virtually
right out our front door. Snowbird, Alta, Park City, Deer Valley
just forty minutes away. BYU football games in the fall. The
perfect airport to get to anywhere quickly. Also the best
four-season state we have ever lived included Washington, North
Dakota, Nebraska and Montana. Volunteered at the 2002 SLC
Olympics. Shauna was at the figure and speed skating events. I
was on the mogul crew for the freestyle bump competition. It is
one thing to watch the Olympics on TV…totally another experience
to be in them.
A big thank you in
advance to the reunion committee for all your work getting the
details in order for Sept. It will be a special time.
- Married, parent of 3, grandparent to 7 children. Currently
working in the Tri-Cities since 1998 in the mental health
administration and human services. Lived and worked in
Seattle/Tacoma from 1985 to 1995 as a mental health center
director. Lived and worked in San Francisco from 1974 to 1985.
Enjoy hiking, museums, mentoring, cooking, jazz, travelling and
being with family and friends.
- Married for 28 years to Steve. My career was spent in the
computer industry, and as a representative for Italian agri-tourism.
I am currently the spokesperson for the Pacific Northwest Lupus
Foundation and enjoy my animals and co participating in my
husbands many activities as former Seahawk and current Voice of
the Seahawks and as main anchor on KIRO-Tv. I have very fond
memories of Ellensburg ,consider it "home", and will never forget
all the friends I had there. Hope some of them remember me! -
REALLY appreciate being invited.
|Lin (Linda Salter) Roberts
- My life in a nutshell since Graduation 69 ...Lin (Linda
My dad's excitement of owning that 200 acre ranch in Kittitas
brought us East from Seattle suburbia, (Kirkland WA) away from my
17 yrs of friends in one school district. Life changed and I was
adjusting albeit slowly. I had brought my trusty horse with me so
I did have a confidant prior to you all welcoming me to EHS –
country style! Plus my old friend Diane Chunn had moved to the
E’burg area too, so that was good! J
I took Agriculture classes (still refer back to that stuff!!) in
lieu of HomeEc, drove a tractor in my bikini, cut hay and loaded
100lb hay bales onto semi-s instead of hitting the beach to tan or
gallop my horse along the shore…..or shopping at Nordies. Big
change for me but I have to admit it was a blast and gave me a
year+ of fond memories!
After our graduation I headed to Los Angeles for airline school
................graduated with wings and flew off to begin the
most fabulous years of my life!
Somewhere during my 20 yr airline career of (mainly with Alaska
Airlines marketing), I had 3 boys; Brett (IT guru Vegas), Scott
deceased and Mike (Police Sgt in NM, pilot), was a doll model from
1982-92 - Hollywood Fashion Girl (I know you saw me hanging in
the grocery stores for $3.97... dumped my picture in the trash as
you took the doll outa the pkg). Had a greeting card line (Lin’s
Private Collection) that was bought out ~ but I did have stock
standing proudly next to Hallmark cards for awhile!
Got into the aircraft parts / aircraft maintenance marketing world
in the early 90s. and here I am still in aviation with my big ol
airplanes...working in a Mojave Space Port hangar (Business
Development/Marketing/PR) amongst the pilot flight test school and
nearby, Rutan's SpaceShip 2 and Branson's Galactic White Knight 2
getting ready for space travel.
Since I own horses (cha ching as you know), fainting goats…soon to
add alpacas, have
NativeSkyRanch products, etc, I will work my day job til I drop
but that's OK......the young pilots will feel sorry for old granny
propped up in my hangar office and say "Gosh I sure hope I plan
my retirement better than that old Sky Hag!!" My new trick is
hands free riding with my feisty mare Sky. She and I are doing
quite well……….but don’t look for us at a clinic near you soon
My life has been...like all of ours....a wild ride at times but
I'll always have my history....the basics I learned from my youth
and the friends who were with me during those frustrating teenage
Sorry I will miss the 40th EHS reunion and seeing you all. Have a
wonderful time ~ stay well! See you, God willing at the 50th ~
- After attending CWU I taught in Grangeville, ID, then moved
back to Ellensburg with my husband and 2 daughters. After
receiving my masters from CWU I got a job in Juneau, AK. Lived
there for 12 years until both girls graduated. Got the opportunity
to work in Ohio for a few years, then followed my girls to Boise,
Idaho where I currently work part-time in a school with elementary
Special Needs kids. BJ is now a nurse at an orthopedic clinic and
Hollie just got her accounting degree. I have 2 grandchildren in
the area and one on the way. I've been widowed for a few years and
now have a significant other with whom I spend a lot of time
country dancing. We teach dance lessons to all ages. We also
sponsor a free country dance at this beautiful hall in Boise and
usually have over 80 people in attendance from 2 years old to 92.
We also DJ events with a country flare. See you at the reunion on
|Diane (Chunn) Starzman
- I have lived in the Columbia Basin since 1979. My
husband and I have two kids, Crystal 27, and Bret 25. Crystal and
her husband gave us a grandson July 2008. I have been divorced for
a number of years. I work at a local medical clinic. I still enjoy
riding horses with my friends as my apt is not large enough for a
horse. I enjoy traveling as much as possible.
(Worst) Stoltman: Forty years … can you believe it!!
After graduation, I attended CWSC and then married John
Stoltman (EHS – ’67). We moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi,
shortly thereafter and have lived here for 36 years. We
have been blessed with two remarkable kids; Katie, 30, who
graduated from MS State University with a degree in
nutrition and health science. She is married and expecting
our first grandchild in September. Chris, our 26 year-old
son, also graduated from MS State with a degree in ag
engineering and is currently manager of a large sod farm in
North Mississippi. My primary vocation has been housewife
and mom, but I also worked at Farm Press Publications for
over 20 years, and for the past eight years have been
employed by the Delta Regional Authority, a federal/state
agency established by Congress to help 252 economically
depressed counties in an eight-state region. We’re very
involved with our church and have also been fortunate to do
quite a bit of traveling over the years. All-in-all, life
is good … not perfect, but we’re grateful to the Lord for
all He has done! Because of the arrival of our new
grandbaby, I won’t be able to attend the reunion, but trust
it’ll be a great time of fun and fellowship. I’d love to
hear from you, and if you ever get anywhere close to the
Delta, please come by for a visit!!
|Franki Parker Storlie
Hello Dear Classmates, I have lived in
Ellensburg since graduating and have been happily married to John
Storlie for 38 years! We have an awesome son, Sam. I currently
work as the Executive Coordinator to the CEO at Kittitas Valley
Community Hospital and it is a very rewarding job. But my main
passion is assisting my son, Sam, in managing our family’s ranch
called the “Parker Ranch” located in the Umptanum/Wenas area.
Sam, my sister Mickey, and I have a herd of beautiful Black Angus
cattle. My husband also gets in on the adventures of running the
ranch as well. We were able to place the timber and Umptanum
creek acreage on our ranch into a conservation easement with the
wonderful assistance of and collaboration with Cascade Land
Conservancy. My extracurricular activities include hiking,
fishing, hunting, teaching Native American cultural classes and I
will be publishing a book. I love the great outdoors and spend
most of my time outside! I look forward to seeing as many of you
as possible at our upcoming reunion! Best wishes to all of you,
| Ralph Strand
- Hay Farmer
Grandpa to Ben & Sam
Hobby: Restoring Street Rod (present project 1935 Chev Coupe)
|Michael K. Swan
- Professor at Washington State University
|Debbie Fields Willits
- MY HUSBAND AND I JUST CELEBRATED OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY IN JUNE.
WE HAVE 2 DAUGHTERS HEIDI 32 AND HEATHER 29 AND 4 GRANDCHILDREN
AGES FROM 13 TO 5. THEY KEEP US BUSY.
WE LIVE IN AUBURN WA ON A SMALL FARM BEEN FOR 26 YEARS RAISED
CATTLE AND HORSES AND KIDS AND ALL OF THE ANIMALS THAT THE KIDS
THOUGHT THEY HAD TO HAVE.LOVE BEING OUTDOORS DOING GARDENING,
CAMPING,OUADING,AND CRUISING ON OUR MOTORCYCLE,AND TRAVELING.
AFTER 40 YEARS BEING IN THE AUBURN AND KENT AREA WE HAVE BOUGHT 5
ACRES IN E-BURG IN THE UPPER BADGER POCKET AND WILL BE MOVING BACK
HOME. WE ARE BUILDING AND GETTING READY FOR OUR RETIREMENT IN
COUPLE OF YEARS OR SOONER.
|Sandra Evens Winegar
- I have been married 36 years to Dan. We have 2
children, Chad 30 and Heather 28. 1 beautiful granddaughter Taylor
who is 3. I started working at Memorial Hospital right after high
school as a medical secretary. I was going to work there just long
enough to figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up. Now I
finally know. RETIRE!