Remembering a friend from Edmonds High | Home Again

By Joanne Peterson | Sep 06, 2019

Last weekend, two classmates and I took the ferry to Kingston to attend a celebration of the life of an Edmonds High School classmate, Dave Martin, who died a month ago. We last saw him nearly a year ago at a September Edmonds High School class of ’58 reunion.

He and his wife Linda (Shelton), also a classmate, had a wonderful time – and we thought they still were the cutest couple in the class! No matter how far along we are in life, the years bring us sorrows we often can’t anticipate, don’t they?

Dave and Linda have lived in the Poulsbo/Suquamish area for many years. The Suquamish tribe made available for Dave’s memorial its stunning “House of Awakened Culture,” a vast structure of carefully hewn logs and soaring natural beauty, located in a perfect waterfront setting in which to celebrate a man who loved the outdoors.

Numerous friends and relatives at the memorial celebration talked about Dave’s kindness, positive outlook, work ethic, wisdom, and devotion to family and friends. My own favorite memories were of a popular high school boy who loved sports, was a great skier, lettered in football, and was an active student body member who formed strong friendships.

During our senior year, Dave was sports editor of our student newspaper, “The Wireless,” when I was editor of the publication. His ready laugh diffused stressful deadline moments; I always liked having him around.

At the celebration of his life, many people spoke of their close relationships with Dave and how much they valued him. Countless people – family, friends, business associates, and classmates – will miss Dave Martin.

Edmonds Food Bank

On quite another topic, my cat Mocha has a message on behalf of the cats whose people rely on the Edmonds Food Bank to get them through a rough patch. Some families who are having a difficult time have pets, too.

Mocha and I are happy they have animals to bring them warmth and comfort. She worries about the cats, though, as she likes knowing she has food in her dish for breakfast and for dinner and sometimes in between. She senses they perhaps aren’t as certain of finding food in their bowls.

The last time Mocha mentioned the Edmonds Food Bank needing cat food, the next day someone left bags of cat food by the door to the food bank, on the west side of Edmonds United Methodist Church on Caspers Street.

Last Thursday morning, a generous woman brought in a bag of single-serve cans and pouches of cat food. Her donation turned out to be the only cat food on hand for distribution this week. I’m glad Mocha reminded me to suggest to cat lovers (and generous helpers of families who need a boost) that they can leave cat food at the food bank or wherever they see a container labeled for Edmonds Food Bank donations.

One suggestion: There’s a donation container in the entry of the Edmonds Library, a handy place for book lovers to show their support for cats. Mocha and I both have noticed that many people who like books also like cats, so … .

Creative Retirement Institute

One more thing to mention this week is the Creative Retirement Institute and its fall quarter registration, going on now, offering short classes aimed at enriching the lives of local retirees.

CRI operates under the umbrella of Edmonds Community College, but direct operation of the program depends heavily on the 25 years of service by dedicated volunteers, board members and committees. The CRI phone number is 425-640-1830, office hours 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, at 7020 196th St. SW, Lynnwood.

You can also email cri@edcc.edu. Check out the fall schedule and register soon. History? Music? Politics? Poetry? Sociology? Art? Science? WWII?

Consider the Creative Retirement Institute for fall classes on many topics. It’s a great program.

 

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