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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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.