Published on Wed, Oct 27, 2010
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Obituaries for Oct. 27, 2010
Robert 'Bob' Boardman
A celebration of the life of Robert "Bob" Holcomb Boardman will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Lower Elwha Tribal Center, 2851 Lower Elwha Road, Port Angeles. Musical instruments welcome; please respect the tribe's no-alcohol policy. Carpooling and using public transit are encouraged.
A potluck, jam and dance in his honor begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at the Quimper Grange, Silver and Corona streets (at the end of Sheridan Street) in Port Townsend. Bring potluck dishes, instruments, dancing shoes and stories. Open mic for dance callers.
Mr. Boardman died Oct. 16, 2010, at 63, while protecting loved ones from an aggressive mountain goat in Olympic National Park.
He was born May 11, 1947, in Chicago Heights, Ill., to George and Olive (Clare) Boardman. His family moved to Wisconsin and he attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He enlisted in the Air Force, trained as a medic in California and served wounded soldiers returning from Vietnam.
A chance visit coinciding with the first Wooden Boat Festival landed him in Port Townsend. He stayed 25 years, getting involved in Irish, old-time, and Québécois music, the Fiddle Tunes Festival, boat building, historic preservation, woodworking, journalism and nursing. He later shared a 10-year marriage with Diane Mayers and was a loving stepfather to her children Raku and Jolie.
Since 1999, he lived on the Little River in Port Angeles with his wife, Susan Chadd. He quickly established himself as a valuable community member, working in chronic disease management for the Lower Elwha Klallam and other tribes, helping to organize diabetes education programs and traditional-food dinners and assisting in countless tribal events. He spearheaded the diabetes counseling service at the Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics clinic, and he eventually took a diabetes education position with Olympic Medical Center, where he implemented motivational interviewing as a means to achieve more lasting results with chronic disease. In the community, he produced art for good causes, organized music for the local contra dances and co-founded the Black Diamond Fiddle Club band.
He and Susan built a home, gardened, hiked and hosted an endless procession of guests. He had a close and loving relationship with Susan's younger son Jacob Haverfield, who reciprocated that love and shared many great adventures with him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard and is survived by his wife, Susan Chadd; stepsons Alex and Jacob Haverfield; sister and brother-in-law Fran and Steve Korthof; sister-in-law Nancy Boardman; four nieces and one nephew.
More information about this celebration, ways to be involved and his life can be found at bobboardman.com.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations in his name can be sent to the Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics clinic, 909 Georgiana St., Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Don Carlos Whitmire
No service was reported for Sequim resident Don Carlos Whitmire, who died Oct. 16, 2010, at 81.
He was born Dec. 1, 1928, in Greer, S.C., to Bruce and Agnes Rector Whitmire.
He served in the United States Air Force from 1950-1954, ranked as a corporal.
He married Peggy Jane Clapp on Jan. 25, 1959. She preceded him in death on June 8, 2010.
A photographer and aircraft parts inspector, he lived in Greer, S.C.; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Bellevue, Redmond; Mukilteo; and Hendersonville, N.C. He enjoyed travel, geography, history and current events.
He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth Kay Whitmire of Sequim; sister and brother-in-law Brenda and Doug Freeland of Lyman, S.C.; one nephew and three nieces.
Lawrence 'Larry' Evanson
A celebration of life was held for former Sequim resident Lawrence 'Larry' Evanson, who died Oct. 12, 2010, at 75, in Wasilla, Alaska.
He was born Oct. 23, 1934, in Sequim, and graduated from Sequim High School in 1952.
He became an Alaskan resident in 1996.
He worked with the city water works in
Sequim, for Jakes Drywall in Wasilla for 11 years and Weyerhaeuser in Longview for 10 years.
He was a member of the North Pacific Grain Growers for 23 years.
Mr. Evanson enjoyed fishing, photography, feeding the birds and spending time with his dogs.
He is survived by his wife, Laura "Janie" Evanson, of Wasilla; son and daughter-in-law Jay and Darlene Evanson of Kalama; daughters and son-in-law Justina Evanson of Woodland and Tammi and Tracy Page of Kalama; stepsons Timothy Ward of South Carolina and Anthony Hutton of Austin, Texas; stepdaughters Michele Kirk of Kalama and Terry Jane Jackson of Florida; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Max Michael Pfefer
A memorial service was held for Port Angeles resident Max Michael Pfefer, who died Oct. 18, 2010, at the age of 64.
He was born April 18, 1946, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Irving and Marion Schwartz Pfefer.
He married his childhood sweetheart Phyllis Gilda Warman on April 28, 1968.
He lived in Los Angeles and Spokane before he moved to the North Olympic Peninsula in 2000. He worked as an entrepreneur and businessman.
A foster parent in Port Angeles from 2003-2010, he enjoyed shooting, fishing and boating. He was a member of the NRA.
He was a member of the Peninsula Evangelical Friends Church in Port Angeles.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Phyllis Pfefer of Port Angeles; son Matthew Pfefer of Spokane; daughter and son-in-law Robin and Ron McDannald of Marysville; mother Marion Pfefer of Simi Valley, Calif.; brother and sister-in-law Larry and Nancy Pfefer of Northridge, Calif.; and sister Harriet Levenson of Simi Valley, Calif.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Peninsula Evangelical Friends Church.
A memorial service was held for Sequim resident Wayne Tysver, who died Oct. 18, 2010, at 78, of asbestosis cancer.
He was born Jan. 25, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., to Nathan and Katherine Vail Tysver.
He served in the U.S. Army for 12 years.
He married Sally J. Moran on May 14, 1971, in Seattle.
A retired pipe fitter from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, he enjoyed square dancing, gardening and beekeeping.
He is survived by his wife, Sally; and children Steve Tysver of Federal Way; Lori Brown of Texas; Robin Lindsey of Oregon; Corinna Davis of Gig Harbor; Debie Detterera of Bremerton; and Jody Paulsen of California.
Mary Lee Hentschel
of Sequim, WA, passed away on September 21, 2010. She was born in Santa Monica, CA, January 10, 1928.
Mary Lee was a beautician and a grocery store cashier. Mary Lee was an avid horsewoman and enjoyed riding her horse Maize and participating in horse shows. She was a long-time member of the Peninsula Doll Club and travelled with her friends in order to participate in events focusing on both dolls and teddy bears. Mary Lee became a Master Gardener and kept meticulous records regarding her many plants. Her beautiful garden was enjoyed by all who knew her.
Mary Lee's most important role was that of wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Shelly; sons, Steve and Jerry; daughters-in law, Patty and Linda; four grandchildren, Jamie, Matt, Jeffery, Kristin; and two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Hazel. She was preceded in death by her mother Lee. The family expresses much gratitude to her nurses and caregivers, especially Gloria Hoxsey. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to the Neptune Society in Lynnwood.