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Summer 2003 | Volume 26, Number 3 | Footnotes

In Memoriam

PAUL ARNETT ’48 died February 12, 2003. He was 75 years old. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Paul moved to the United States with his family when he was 14. Following high school, he attended the University of Oregon, SPC and Oregon College of Education. In the years after college, he served as pastor of two Free Methodist churches, a salesman, an architect and a builder. He earned a pilot’s license in 1962, becoming a member of Airplane Owners and Pilots Association. He was also director of the Mount Hood (Oregon) Kiwanis Camp for Handicapped Children for 10 years. During the past 27 years, Paul served in a variety of leadership positions at the Beaverton (Oregon) Nazarene Church and Portland (Oregon) First Church of the Nazarene. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Clara Evelyn; son TERRY ARNETT ’74; three daughters, including BECKY ARNETT HUSSEY ’80 and CLARA ARNETT BENVENISTE ’79; and seven grandchildren.

MERLIN BELCHER ’34 died April 15, 2003. He was 92 years old. Born in LaFarge, Wisconsin, Merlin spent many years in Oregon before enrolling at SPC. After graduation, Merlin married EDITH NEESE ’30 and taught until 1941. He then farmed in the Washington towns of White Swan, Selah and Ellensburg. In 1964, he became a social worker with the state of Washington and continued that career until his retirement in 1976. Merlin enjoyed fishing in Eastern Washington and, in retirement, he and his wife traveled, visiting Canada, Alaska, Mexico and all the lower 48 states. Preceded in death by his wife, Merlin is survived by three sons, including DAVID BELCHER ’67; a daughter, BECKY BELCHER BILDERBACK ’68; 10 grandchildren, including DOUG BILDERBACK ’96; and four great-grandchildren.

NELLIE MAE PIKE BENNETT ’55 died March 18, 2003, at the age of 80. Born in Kent, Washington, Nellie Mae married Robert Pike in 1943. After graduating from SPC, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Oregon and became an elementary school teacher and speech therapist for the Mercer Island (Washington) and North Clackamas (Washington) school districts. Predeceased by her husband in 1991 and a daughter in 1967, Nellie Mae is survived by one daughter, one son, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

RICHARD BIVINS ’50 died May 9, 2003, at the age of 77. A graduate of Ballard High School in Seattle, Richard was also a World War II veteran. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Esther; one son; two daughters; and one granddaughter.

CLAYTON BOOTH ’35 died April 13, 2003. He was 90 years old. Born in Vermont, Clayton and his family moved to Seattle by train in 1918. He met his future wife, GENEVA JONES ’35, while attending SPC, and they married in 1936. After graduation, Clayton earned his master of arts degree in music from the University of Washington and began a life of service through music. He was the director of music at several Seattle-area churches, led Saturday night youth rallies at Seattle’s Moore Theatre during World War II and worked as the musical director for many evangelists during the 1940s and 1950s. With his wife on piano, Clayton led the music on the radio program, “Morning Cheer,” on Seattle’s KGDN during the 1950s and 1960s. He later worked in estate planning for Crista Ministries from 1965 to 1985. Clayton is survived by his wife; daughter VIRGINIA BOOTH ’67; three sons, including WILLIAM BOOTH ’64; eight grandsons and four great-grandchildren.

OLLWYN ABRAMS MAMATH BURNETT ’36 died April 5, 2003, at the age of 89. Born in Westminster, British Columbia, Ollwyn moved to Southern California at age 12, where she later entered Los Angeles Pacific College (LAPC). After graduating from LAPC, she transferred to SPC to complete her bachelor’s degree, majoring in history. She married ALTON MAMATH ’36 in October 1936, and they moved to Anaheim, California, where he pastored a Free Methodist church. He later went on to pastor Free Methodist churches in the California towns of Monrovia, Santa Monica and Whittier. In 1947, Alton was appointed president of LAPC, but he died six months later from complications of chronic kidney disease. A widow at age 35 with two young children, Ollwyn earned her teaching credentials and taught elementary school for 26 years in Monrovia and Glendale schools. In 1973, she married Loyson Burnett, who preceded her in death in 1986. In 1991, Ollwyn was honored as one of the Alumni of a Growing Vision at SPU’s Centennial celebration. She is survived by one daughter, GWEN MAMATH HEDGES ’61; one son; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

LENARD GOEHNER ’58 died April 11, 2003, at the age of 84. Born in Kulm, North Dakota, Lenard married his childhood sweetheart, Amanda, in December 1941. They lived in Eastern Washington’s Wenatchee Valley for 15 years, owning a grocery store and an orchard. At age 35, he attended SPC and began a new career after graduation, teaching fourth, fifth and sixth grades for 27 years. He was honored as the first Shoreline (Washington) School District Teacher of the Year in 1965–66 and retired from the district in 1985. After retirement, Lenard and Amanda enjoyed years traveling in their RV. An active member of Shoreline Covenant Church for more than 40 years, Lenard is survived by his wife; one son, LEROY GOEHNER ’65; one daughter, BEVERLY GOEHNER NELSON ’70; two grandchildren, including CHARLENE GOEHNER SANTUCCI ’92; and three great-grandchildren.

CAROLINE WIENEKE HEGELE CC ’33 died March 2, 2003. She was 87 years old. Born in Portland, Oregon, Carol attended Girls Polytechnic and Portland Bible Institute (Cascade College) after graduating from Montavilla Grammar School. She married Eugene “Happy” Hegele in 1935. After graduation, Carol was a mother and homemaker, as well as a sales clerk, receptionist and secretary/bookkeeper. She enjoyed family gatherings, singing, playing the piano, hiking and gardening. In her later years, she became an oil painter, showing her love of the ocean and mountains through her paintings. Carol and her husband lived at Warm Beach Senior Community near Stanwood, Washington, for the past 25 years. She is survived by her husband, one son, one daughter, seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

FRANCIS “FRANK” HORRELL ’48 died May 3, 2003, at the age of 84. Born in Baldwin, Kansas, Frank and his family moved to Washington state during the Great Depression. He graduated from Sunnyside (Washington) High School, entered SPC and served in the U.S. Navy and Marines during World War II. After the war, he returned to Seattle Pacific, where he met ELIZABETH “BETTY” BASSETT ’47. They married in March 1948 and after he graduated, they moved to Ephrata, Washington. There, Frank was director of Environmental Health Services for Grant County from 1948 to 1978. He also farmed in the Quincy, Washington, area from 1956 to 1997. Active in the Ephrata First Baptist Church for more than 50 years, Frank served as a deacon, youth worker and missions promoter. He is survived by his wife; three sons, J. SCOTT HORRELL ’71, DONALD HORRELL ’75, STANLEY HORRELL ’74; one daughter; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, OLIVE HORRELL ’47 and ELSIE HORRELL CARLSON ’49; and two brothers.

DONNA BAHNSEN KONTOS ’49 died April 3, 2003, two days after her 77th birthday. Born in Iowa, Donna attended a teachers college in Cedar Falls, Iowa, before transferring to SPC. After graduating from Seattle Pacific, Donna spent most of her adult life in Seattle. Called a “master teacher,” Donna taught first grade at the Tukwila Elementary School for more than 30 years, retiring in the mid-1990s. In her later years, she attended Fairwood Assembly Church in Renton, Washington. Preceded in death by her husband and one son, Donna is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

MIRIAM TARGGART MAIER CC ’50 died November 20, 2002, at the age of 75. After graduating from Cascade College, Miriam earned a master’s degree in social work from Portland State University. She was employed as a caseworker and supervisor for Oregon Children’s Services Division for 26 years, and retired as a medical social worker from Providence St. Vincent Hospital. Miriam is survived by her husband, Raymond; two daughters; and two sons.

ROGER MCCORKLE ’59 died July 5, 2002, after a battle with brain cancer. He was 64 years old. He is survived by his wife, Ardeth; three sons; one daughter; four grandchildren; one brother, DAVID MCCORKLE ’56; and one sister, MARY MCCORKLE HAWLEY ’56.

HYLDA MACY PIKE CC ’40 died November 9, 2002. She was 84 years old. Born in Waldron, Indiana, Hylda became a homemaker, writer and public speaker for several church publications and organizations. She and her husband, Claude, hosted a radio program, “The Claude Pike Report,” from the 1960s to the 1980s, and published Crisis magazine. Hylda is survived by her husband, two sons, one daughter and three grandchildren.

SCOTT PROCTOR ’78 died January 4, 2002, in a snowmobile accident. He was 44 years old. After holding a key communications position with King County, Washington, for several years, Scott moved to the Cascade Mountains near Lake Wenatchee in 1995. He loved mountains and wildlife, and enjoyed living in the beautiful region of Washington state where he had spent time with his family as a child. Scott is survived by his parents, former SPU staff members KEN PROCTOR and MARILYN PROCTOR; two brothers; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. At a memorial service in Leavenworth, Washington, Scott was remembered for “his love for family and friends, his gentle spirit, his generosity, his humor, his love for the mountains and his music.”

HERMAN SMITH CC ’31 died at his home in Trinidad, California, on December 21, 2002, at the age of 92. Married and ordained in 1932, Herman served as a pastor for many years in the Church of the Nazarene in Washington, Oregon, California and Western Canada, where he also served as district superintendent for 14 years. He later received an honorary doctorate from Canadian Nazarene College. Herman’s retirement hobby was creating artistic rock walls, and his stonework foundations have been laid from Alaska to the north central jungle of Peru. He is survived by his wife, GENEVIEVE BECKETT SMITH CC ’31; four daughters; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

DOUGLAS TEEL ’73 died November 5, 2002, at the age of 53. Born in Spokane, Washington, Douglas entered the University of Washington School of Dentistry following his graduation from SPC. Before opening his own private dental practice in Harrington, Washington, he worked in the public health service on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. He was a member of the Harrington Community Church, the Harrington Lions Club, and the Harrington Golf and Country Club. A musician, Douglas sang and played bluegrass and gospel music. He also farmed and was a member of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. He is survived by his wife, KAREN VIDGER TEEL ’74; three daughters; and three sisters, including SUSAN TEEL BEST ’65.

WYNN UPDYKE ’52 died March 22, 2003, in Tucson, Arizona. After graduating from SPC, Wynn entered the University of Washington, where he earned a master of science degree in physical education. He then spent two years in the U.S. Army Intelligence Branch. Upon discharge, Wynn enrolled in Michigan State University, where he earned a Ph.D. in physical education. He went on to serve on the faculty of the University of Toledo, the University of Florida and Indiana University, where he spent the majority of his research and teaching career. Among many accomplishments, Wynn directed a pioneering 16-year study of the physical fitness of more than 24,000 elementary school children. He is survived by his wife, June; three daughters; and five grandchildren.

LEONARD VIDGER ’48 died after a brief illness on May 24, 2003. He was 83 years old. Raised in Hawley, Minnesota, Leonard married Alice Esther Lorentzen after graduating from SPC. His further education was interrupted by active service in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean conflict, but he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1960. He became a professor at the School of Business at San Francisco State University in 1958, retiring as professor emeritus in 1990. He moved to Edmonds, Washington, in 1989. Leonard authored books and articles on land economics and finance. He is survived by his wife, Alice; one daughter, KAREN VIDGER TEEL ’74; one son; and six grandchildren.

STEVE WOLLAM, a longtime SPU staff member in the Facilities Department, died May 11, 2003, at the age of 50. Employed at SPU since 1985, Steve was born in Anacortes, Washington, and served in the U.S. Navy from 1979 to 1985. An active member of Glendale Evangelical Lutheran Church in Burien, Washington, Steve is survived by his wife, Patricia; two young sons; a brother, former SPU staff member DAN WOLLAM; and a sister.

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