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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Jay C. Stovall '52, OD '53

Jay C. Stovall ’52, OD ’53 died Nov. 29, 2013, at age 90. He was a member of Gamma Sigma and was on Pacific’s golf team. A native of Great Falls, Mont., he served in World War II with the infantry and was awarded two Purple Hearts. He established his optometric practice in 1954 in Marin County, Calif., serving patients for more than 40 years. He was active in Boy Scouts, Little League, Lions International and the Masons. He was a founding member of the Oregon-California Trails Association. He is survived by his wife, Leona (Blackmun) Stovall ’51, and his brother, Dean Stovall ’52, OD ’53.


Elinor M. (Fritz) Darland MA

Elinor M. (Fritz) Darland MA died April 23, 2014, at age 95. An alumna of the University of Wyoming, she earned her master’s degree at Pacific University, where her husband D. David Darland was later dean of students. She taught English at the high school and collegiate levels and later served for 25 years in a communications and editorial capacity with the Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation in Washington, D.C. The family, which included twin sons David and Dallas, also lived in Laramie, Wyo., New York City, Chicago, Forest Grove and Portland over the years. Elinor and David retired to Eugene, where they were involved in the establishment of the Wayne Morse Foundation and served on its board. She loved literature, books and art and was politically active. Friends regarded her as the “Queen of the Nosh,” always serving 5 p.m. cocktails and good food. She was preceded in death by her husband and by son David. She is survived by brother Marvin Fritz of Sheridan, Wyo.; son Dallas of Amherst, Mass.; daughter-in-law Ursula; grandsons Christopher Darland and his partner, Sara DeNobrega, of New York City, and Joshua Darland and his wife, Carmen, of Dallas, Ore.; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Joan (Deane) Miller '53

Joan (Deane) Miller died March 11, 2014, at age 81. She grew up in The Dalles, Ore., and graduated from Pacific University with a degree in education. She taught many of her 30 years in education at Ickes Junior High School in Milwaukie, Ore. For the last 17 years, she lived in Baker City, Ore., with her companion Doug.


Patience Skill '58

Patience Skill died Feb. 8, 2014, of lung cancer at age 77. She grew up in Central Oregon, graduated from Madras High School, and earned a degree in literature and education from Pacific University. She taught in Forest Grove, Fullerton, Calif., and in Salem, Ore. She is survived by her husband, Neil; sons Wayne Anthony and Neil; and two grandsons.


Willard "Twit" Westfall '64

Willard “Twit” Westfall died June 19, 2009. He was a music teacher in public schools for many years, serving in John Day and Grants Pass, Ore., as well as Chinook and Helena, Mont. He quit teaching in 1969, when his father died, to help his mother. He worked for the Beaverton School District in a maintenance capacity until he retired. He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Caldwell) Westfall ’58, six children, 11 grandchildren (including Kevin Westfall Shawver ’07), eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.


Allan V. Tarpenning MSEd '68

Allan V. Tarpenning MSEd died June 20, 2014, at age 81. He completed his undergraduate studies at Linfield College, where he was a three-sport athlete and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. Professionally, he was a teacher and coach, who led the Lane Community College cross-country team to the National Championship in 1972. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Tarpenning ’68, and his son, Kyle. He is survived by his sons Kevin of Albany, Ore., Kurt and his wife, Donna, of Eugene, and Kory and his wife, Sue, of Monte Carlo, Monaco; daughters Karin and her husband, Mike Szadyr, of Troy, Mich., and Kelly and her husband, Tom Feuer, of Stevenson Ranch, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He also is survived by brothers Duane of Temecula, Calif., and Floyd of Sacramento, Calif., and sister Marguerite Wadkins of Sandy, Ore.


Reed C.K. Olaso '83

Reed C.K. Olaso died April 13, 2014, at age 54. He was a graduate of Punahou School and Pacific University,  where he was an all-star athlete playing football, basketball and baseball. In 1988, he married Suzanne Marie Crane, and they lived in Kailua. He worked at the Le Jardin Academy as a coach and athletic director. He is survived by his wife Suzanne; their children Nikki and her husband Ikaika Sugimoto, and Kea-Marie; and granddaughter Ono, as well as by his other children Eric Kiha and his wife Shannon, and Alexa; and eight grandchildren.