In Memoriam

Remembering Tom Holce '59, '93; Don Iverson '59; Dr. Roy Clunes and other Pacific graduates.

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Donald Iverson (Courtesy Photo)

Donald Iverson 1959 (Obituary)

Don “Ivy” Iverson passed away Feb. 14 after battling a brain tumor. He was 74. Iverson was a teacher, basketball coach and later a vice principal for Vancouver, Wa. schools. After starring in basketball and football at Vancouver High, he was offered scholarships from three colleges, but chose Pacific in 1954. He played football for the then-Badgers, earning all conference honors, and was scouted by the Baltimore Colts. He loved golf, his fully-restored blue 1967 Ford Mustang and sailing. He was also quite the storyteller. A favorite was how football teammate Tommy Thompson rushed in so fast on one play that he intercepted the other team’s hiked football and ran it in for a touchdown. Another story involved an eerie happening at Knight Hall where his fraternity was housed. Late one night he was awakened by the opening of a squeaky door and footsteps proceeding up the stairs. The footsteps continued up into the room, but with no visible owner. Don had just encountered Vera the ghost!

Dr. Roy Clunes (Courtesy Photo)

Dr. Roy Clunes (Obituary)

Dr. Roy Clunes, One of the key contributors to the founding of the College of Optometry, Dr. Clunes died May 27 at age 93.

Born June 5, 1916 in Scotland, Clunes immigrated to the United States in 1937 and graduated from North Pacific College of Optometry in 1939. Clunes and two other optometrists purchased the college in 1941.In 1945, the college merged with Pacific University.

Clunes joined the U.S. Navy and became a U.S. citizen during World War II. In 1941 he married Helen, who passed away three months prior to his death. He served on Pacific’s Board of Trustees from 1956 to 1974, then was an honorary trustee. He also served ten years as a clinical contact lens instructor. Clunes practiced optometry for almost 50 years, first in Albany, Ore., then in Corvallis, Ore. He traveled many times for eye care projects with the Christian Medical Society and was a contributor and member of many professional optometric associations.

Thomas Holce (Courtesy Photo)

Thomas Holce (Obituary)

1959, Honorary Degree 1993

Thomas Jefferson Holce

Tom Holce, one of Oregon’s leading technology entrepreneurs, died July 14 at his Jantzen Beach home after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.

Holce, who grew up in a logging family in Mist, Ore., was a key figure in the growth of Pacific. He served on the Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1992 and was the group’s chairperson from 1991 to 1992. He served on all the Board’s subcommittees and led the University’s first comprehensive capital campaign, which ended in 1993 after raising $24 million.

Over the years, he gave well over $1.5 million to the University. Holce came to Pacific after a stint in the Air Force at the recommendation of his first wife Joyce, who preceded him in death in 1992. Although a self-described poor student in high school, at Pacific he quickly blossomed into a top student in math and physics. While still at Pacific, he began work on an electron microscope in his Forest Grove garage that was the genesis of his first company, Pacific Instruments. He later sold the instrument to Doug Strain and Electro Scientific Industries, and went on to found several more technology firms and record over 20 patents.

Holce is survived by his spouse, Gretchen Holce; sister, Irene Jones; half-brother, Robert Mathews; son, Kent Holce; daughter, Tonya Holce-Owens; stepsons, Mark and Ryan Griffin; stepdaughter, Heidi Griffin; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce; and brother, Wilfred.

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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.