In Memoriam, Fall 2012

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Dan Hess 1954 (Obituary)

Merle Daniel "Dan" Hess '54 died Dec. 12, 2011. He was born in Umapine, Ore. While at Pacific University, Hess earned a degree in physical education and played football, receiving all-conference honors during his last three years. He was also the president of the Alpha Zeta fraternity. He spent his career as a teacher and coach until retiring in 1984. Despite his college major, he never taught physical education but instead concentrated on social studies. He coached wrestling and football and, at times, assisted in baseball and track. He initiated the Kid Wrestling program that is still in place in Scappoose. He later added athletic director responsibilities to his career. He was president of the Hillsboro Education Association for two years and a lifetime member of Optimist International in Hillsboro. He is survived by his wife, Marvelyn Davison Hess, two children, two grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Eva Krebs   (Obituary)

Eva Krebs (Obituary)

Eva Krebs died Thursday, July 12, 2012, following a long battle with breast cancer. Krebs was the vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students at Pacific University, where she worked since 1995. She was a passionate advocate for students, who personally helped countless students overcome personal and educational challenges. During her tenure, she assisted with the development of new orientation and ambassador programs for students, took the lead in the design and construction of two new residence halls, assisted in the development of the Health Professions Campus, led the effort to create health and counseling services for graduate students, and helped reinstate the “sign, shake and ring” tradition. Prior to her work at Pacific, she worked for Rider College and, before that, as a lawyer. She is survived by her husband, Rick; children, Heidi and Alec; and grandchildren, Ryan and Annabelle. Memorial donations may be made to the Eva C. Krebs Boxer Spirit Award for an Extraordinary Student at

Miles Shishido (Obituary)

Miles Shishido died March 21, 2012, at the age of 91. Shishido was born in Paia, Maui, where he worked as a plantation clerk to help support his nine siblings. He married his wife, Florence, in Honolulu and graduated from the University of Hawai’i in 1947. He earned a master’s degree at Chicago Theological Seminary in 1948. He served as a minister in Hawai’i, then in Illinois, while earning a second master’s degree and doctorate degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago. Shishido began teaching philosophy and religion at Pacific University in 1963, and he eventually became a University Distinguished Professor. He also served as the chair of the philosophy and religion department. During his time at Pacific, Shishido went to Japan as a visiting professor and was the adviser of the Hawai’i Club. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling, skiing, chess and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, two sons and five grandchildren. The Oregonian

Samuel Wilson 1949  (Obituary)

Samuel Wilson 1949 (Obituary)

Samuel Wilson '49, O.D. '50 died Feb. 12, 2012, at the age of 86. Wilson was born in Shelton, Wash., where he attended high school before enlisting in the Navy. He was accepted into the Naval V-12 Program at Whitman College, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. He completed officer training school at Columbia University and served as a chief engineering officer in the South Pacific. After graduation, he chose a career in optometry and came to Pacific for schooling. He and his wife, Helen, moved to Lakewood, Wash., where he practiced optometry for more than 40 years. He was one of the founders of Western Vision Services, which was instrumental in getting optometric care covered by insurance. He also was active in the Kiwanis, the Tacoma Country & Golf Club and as a board member for the Camp Fire Girls. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two beloved granddaughters who affectionately called him “Pops.” The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.

Sheldon Olsen 2011  (Obituary)

Sheldon Olsen 2011 (Obituary)

Sheldon Walter Olsen O.D. died March 17, 2012, at age 31, in an accident at Lake Limerick in Washington. Olsen’s son, Jace, also passed away in the same accident. Olsen was born in Salt Lake City and earned his bachelor’s from the University of Utah. He and his wife, Julie, were married in 2002. After graduating from Pacific’s College of Optometry, Olsen worked at the Shelton Walmart Vision Center for six months, and he was excited to serve in his chosen profession. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a counselor in a Bishopric. He also served as a Youth Men’s President, Ward Mission leader and Boy Scout leader. In his spare time, he enjoyed exercising, playing basketball, snowboarding, barbecuing and riding his motorcycle. He is survived by his wife, parents, brothers and sisters. Shelton-Mason County (Wash.) Journal

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Gordon Stanley Young '53

Gordon Stanley Young died Sept. 29, 2014, at age 84. He was president of the Phi Beta Tau while at Pacific, where he earned a degree in business. He also served in the Air National Guard. He worked for 32 years at Crown Zellerbach, retiring at age 55. He went on to serve as treasurer, chaplain, vice president and president of the Gideon ministry in Washington/Northern Idaho. He traveled to distribute Bibles throughout the U.S. and Japan. He also served as chaplain of Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and traveling. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy; son Gary; daughters Lori (and Harry) Bicknell and Karen (and Mark) Brose; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

"Sweet William” Killion '58

"Sweet William” Killion died Sept. 16, 2014, at age 78. He enjoyed a carefree childhood with his brothers and sisters, enjoying clam digging, fishing, exploring the woods and becoming a skilled hunter — activities he enjoyed throughout his life. As a young man, he was a paper boy and worked for a poultry farm. In 1956, he married Genevieve “Ginger” Moore, and they spent more than 58 years together, raising six children. He served in the Oregon National Guard and worked as a grain inspector for the state of Oregon, in maintenance for the Port of Astoria, and at Astoria Plywood, where he bought a share of the company and later served as board president. He later sold electronics, heating and air conditioning, then became a partner with his wife and son in Spartan Mortgage, where he retired in 2007. He was an avid map collector and analyzer, coached softball and Little League, and enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife; children Randy (and Jui-Mei) Killion, David Killion, Suzanne (and Steve) Aiken, Donald (and Karen) Killion, John Killion (and Dino Pereira) and Steven Killion; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.

Ronald L. Stewart '59

Ronald L. Stewart died Oct. 24, 2014, at age 78. He graduated from Tillamook (Ore.) High School, where he was a star football player. At Pacific, he earned a bachelor of arts in education, then attended Portland State University for his master’s in education. He married Nita Myers in 1978. Ron taught sixth grade, later moved to administration, and then back to teaching, in the Hillsboro School District, retiring in 1990. He enjoyed golfing daily, playing his guitar and singing. He is survived by his wife; son Gary Stewart; stepson Derek Myers; siblings Gordon Stewart, Susie Hasse and Sally Allen; in-laws Daryl Allen, Rita Smith and Robert Myers; and three grandchildren.

Judith (Devlin) Huntington '64

Judith (Devlin) Huntington died Nov. 19, 2014, at age 72. She attended Pacific University, then the University of Oregon, graduating in 1964. After graduating, she married Earl Huntington, and they had two sons, Dirk and Dana. Although the marriage ended, she and Earl remained close for more than 50 years. She worked as a realtor and was named 2007 Oregon State Realtor of the Year. She was principal broker for Barnhart and Associates. She is survived by her sons and ex-husband; daughter-in-law Jill; and four grandchildren.

David I. Williams OD

David I. Williams OD died Nov. 18, 2014, at age 70. He attended Jamestown College, where he met his future wife, Mary Landes, who he married in 1965, and earned a degree in biology and physics in 1966. After graduation, the couple moved to Forest Grove, where he earned his doctor of optometry degree. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a captain in the Medical Service Corps, stationed as an optometrist at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, NY. In 1972, he purchased an optometry practice and moved to Astoria, Ore. where he practiced for 42 years. His wife, Mary,
died in 2008, and he married Sue Malinen in 2010. He enjoyed spending time with family, fishing, bird hunting and woodworking. He built his home and office building and said if he hadn’t been an optometrist, he would have been a carpenter. He was a member of the Astoria Lions and Rotary clubs and a sponsor of Ducks Unlimited. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary, and brother Rodney Williams. He is survived by his wife Sue; children Kirk (and Jean) Williams and Michelle Williams; stepchildren Nate, Sarah and Caleb Malinen; seven grandchildren; a brother and several nieces and nephews.

Donald Garris OD '81

Donald Garris OD died Sept. 14, 2014, at age 64. He completed his undergraduate studies at Linfield College in 1972, and married Stephanie Mattoon in 1976. The couple moved to Forest Grove shortly thereafter, where he attended Pacific University and they raised a family of four daughters. He ran his own practice in Portland for 32 years and also served on the Oregon Board of Optometry, of which he was vice president for three years. He was an avid golfer and fan of the Portland Trailblazers and Oregon State football. He is survived by his wife Stephanie; daughters Melissa Garris (and Mike Wormington), Bryn (and Sean) McCleary, Lara (and Casey) McCabe and Justine Garris (and Adrian Sifuentes); grandchildren Jesse and Ella Garris and Madeline McCabe; parents, Arlene and Bob Jackson; and siblings Gayle Behrend, Daniel Garris and Roanne Purkey.

Siobain “Chevy” Ryan '87

Siobain “Chevy” Ryan died Sept. 6, 2014, at age 48. She double majored in journalism and communications with a minor in sports medicine and was a soccer captain at Pacific. She also enjoyed basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis and golf. She worked in film production for Gary Adams Productions on a number of projects, including ones that won an Emmy Award and a Parents Choice Award for Excellence. She later worked with Craig Henderson Films and went on to become a freelance editor and producer and to work alongside her father at Pro-Met Machining. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. She is survived by her mother, Deirdre; father Tony (and Janet); brothers Eamonn (and Allison) and Brenden (and Heidi); nephews Declan, Ian and Patrick; niece Makailan; aunts Ann, Joan, Georgina, Margo (and Dieter) and Maire (and Steve); and a clan of cousins in the United States and Ireland.