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In Memory Of

Alan James Finlayson
Alan James Finlayson
Class of 1991
Passed Mar 17, 2001
Passed away from cancer at the age of 27 in 2001. He was my youngest son, born in 1973. My name is Neil Finlayson, class of 1961.
Alrain Orme Simpkins
Alrain Orme Simpkins
Class of 1940
Passed Feb 05, 2009
Man who helped save New Dungeness Light Station dies
Sequim Gazette

Walk out onto the Dungeness Spit on a reasonably clear day and you can see Al Simpkins’ legacy standing guard, protecting seafarers from the longest natural sand spit in North America.
The New Dungeness Light Station stands about a half-mile from the end of Dungeness Spit, staffed 365 days a years for the past 14½ by volunteers who put in one-week shifts. The room at the light station that displays its history was dedicated by the association in his name.
Simpkins, who was instrumental in setting up the volunteer organization, died Feb. 5, 2009, in the Snohomish County town of Burlington at the age of 87. He and his wife, Irene, moved there eight years ago to be near family.
Simpkins had lived in Clallam County since 1968, moving from Bothell to the Fairview area, then later to Sequim.
“If it weren’t for him, it wouldn’t have happened,” said Eric Henriksson, board member of New Dungeness Light Station Association.
Henriksson said he’d known Simpkins since the small group that was determined to save the lighthouse held its first meeting with U.S. Coast Guard officials around Simpkins’ dining room table in January 1994.
“He was a wonderful guy. When the Coast Guard said in December 1993 it was going to stop staffing the lighthouse, he contacted local members of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, including me,” Heriksson said.
“Eventually we took over the lighthouse as part of the national society with their support,” he said.
The New Dungeness Light Station Association was originally a chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society but in 2002 the members incorporated as a separate nonprofit organization.
Simpkins’ daughter Neta Cahill, of Mount Vernon, said, “Anyone who knew him would be familiar with his shop.”
Visitors couldn’t even take off their coats before they were escorted to the workshop that was filled from floor to ceiling with “things for which I can only guess their purpose,” she said.
“He always had about six projects going at once, including small model replicas. He loved trains and built the railroad at the Olympic Game Farm in the late ’70s and early ’80s,” Cahill said.
“He loved to build things. He was always inventing things and figuring out how to make things better,” she said.
One of those inventions was a 4-wheel drive wheelchair/ATV for a friend, who was a quadriplegic, Cahill said.
Alrain Orme Simpkins was born in Raymond on July 29, 1921, but spent most of his early years in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.
He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II and maintained radios and lighthouses along the Oregon coast, where he met his future wife, Irene, in a Newport cafe.
They were married Oct. 14, 1945, and raised five children. He worked for Pacific Northwest Bell for 28 years and was a volunteer firefighter in Snohomish County for 10 years.
Simpkins is survived by his wife, Irene; twin sister Adlain Culver; son and daughter-in-law Larry “Bud” and Robin Welker of Auburn; daughter and son-in-law Neta (Simpkins) and Jim Cahill of Sedro-Woolley; good friend Gerald Wybenga of Shelton; and many, many grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister Dessie May Fassett; sons Stan Simpkins and Robert “Bob” Welker; and daughter Darla Welker Fisher.

In memoriam: Lend a hand
In lieu of services or flowers, which just weren’t Al’s style, the family suggests carrying on his tradition of lending others a helping hand whenever possible.
Supporting the New Dungeness Light Station Association,, would be a wonderful way to celebrate his life. Cards may be sent to Irene Simpkins at 10162 Elwick Lane, Sedro-Woolley, WA, 98284.

Brian Gawley can be reached at bgawley@sequim
Anna-lena Hersler
Anna-Lena Hersler
Class of 1968
Passed Jul 03, 2008
Anna was an exchange student at Ballard in 1967-1968. She had three beautiful children: Maria, Eric, and Karin. Anna had a tremendous spirit and a love for all. She is deeply missed.
Carmella Marie Johansen Marsh
Carmella Marie Johansen Marsh
Class of 1960
Passed Aug 14, 2015
My sister lived in Bellingham after high school and taught primary school. Her education included a Masters in Education. She loved to travel, lived in Mexico for 2 yrs while her husband was on sabbatical from WWSU, spent family Christmas breaks in HI, enjoyed summers in Europe, driving across Canada and she and mom stayed with me in Japan and we went on to Hong Kong and Korea. Carmella led a rich and fulfilling life. She is missed.
Marlene Johansen Bann
Craig Steven Foster
Craig Steven Foster
Class of 1980
Passed Jul 09, 2020
Craig was also known as Cadillac Craig, and enjoyed cars. Died in Port Angeles,, 1 day after his 58th birthday
Jack Eric Nelson
Jack Eric Nelson
Class of 1964
Passed Dec 02, 1996
Jack took his own life in 1996 after finding he couldn't continue after the death of his partner. Jack was very active at BHS. He was on the commencement committee his senior year and was also the Talisman's editor in 1964. He loved to sing and was a member of the Chorale all three years of high school.
Julia Marie Olson Rowe Johnston
Julia Marie Olson Rowe Johnston
Class of 1958
Passed Nov 17, 1995
Julie passed away after a short illness. An aggressive cancer attacked her body. In a few weeks she was gone. She was a talented artist and used fabric as her medium.
Magne Smedvig
Magne Smedvig
Class of 1938
(Passed date unknown)
Smedvig, Magne Age 90 of Edina. Preceded in death by parents, Erling and Henny Smedvig. Survived by loving wife of over 67 years, Esther; sons, Erling (fiancee Lisa) and Mark (Lori); grandchildren, Torun (Joel), Solve, Mark Jr. (Chelsea) and Ashley (Clint); great-grandchildren, Jayden and Shion; brother, Egil Smedvig of Seattle, WA; nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and Bethlehem Church family. WWII Veteran with the Army Air Corps. Received the King Olav medal. Longest living member of Torske Klubben. Past president of several business and community boards. Member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church since 1950. Memorials preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran Church Foundation or Torske Klubben Scholarship Fund. Memorial service Tuesday, 8/24/10 at 11 AM with visitation Monday 8/23/10, 6-8 PM and one hour prior to service all at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel 952-920-3996
Michael M. Douglass
Michael M. Douglass
Class of 1964
Passed Dec 03, 2009
Mike died on Dec 3, 2009 of cancer. He loved fishing and hiking. He worked for the Army Corps of Engineers
Michael S. Rossner
Michael S. Rossner
Class of 1961
Passed Dec 11, 2014
My cousin, Mike, passed away in a motor vehicle accident.
Marlene Johansen Bann, class of '65
Suzanne Douglass-palen-slick
Suzanne Douglass-Palen-Slick
Class of 1969
Passed Aug 28, 1989
Suzi died of cancer in CleElum. She loved the outdoors, and music . In high school she was active in the glee club and coral, where she played the guitar
Teresa (munson) Stettner
Teresa (Munson) Stettner
Class of 1972
Passed Dec 17, 2017
Teresa was part of the Ballard Chorale and the Ballard Beaver mascot during her senior year at BHS. She will be remember at a service at Fremont Baptist Church on Saturday, February 3, 2018, commencing at 1:00 p.m. All who remember Teresa are welcome to attend to honor her. Thank you!

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