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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Brent Stricker PT '90

Brent Stricker PT died Nov. 14, 2014, at age 61. He was born in Ohio and lived in Kula, Hawai‘i, where he was a physical therapist at Kula Hospital. He is survived by his sons, Jesse (and Dawn) and Lucas (and Amanda) Stricker; grandchildren Dominic, Julia, Alexandria and Isabella Stricker; mother Janet Leonard; and siblings Brian Stricker, Kim Reuscher and Lisa Kohl.

Danielle (Buchholz) Crosby '06

Danielle (Buchholz) Crosby died Nov. 15, 2015, at age 30, following a battle with cancer. She was raised in the Reno, Nev., area and graduated from Douglas High School in 2002. She studied history and social science at Pacific University. Following her graduation, she worked for Verizon Wireless, first in sales, then as an executive assistant. She met her husband, Matthew Crosby, while working, and they were married June 25, 2011. They made their home in Beaverton, Ore. Danielle was a devoted wife and mother who loved books and movies and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband; daughters Bailee and Madison; father Craig Buchholz; mother Toni Lucas; and siblings Cameron Buchholz, Laramie Lucas and Arielle Lucas; as well as extended family.

Kaualii Fernandez ’10

Kaualii Fernandez ’10 and Mahealani Sapla welcomed baby girl Póhina Healoha Makamae Lyn Fernandez on Aug. 26, 2014.

Dayna Michelle Wong '10

Dayna Michelle Wong and Dustin Otis ’10 were married Oct. 4, 2014.

David and Michelle (Bose) Humphrey '11

Michelle Bose '11

Michelle Bose and David Humphrey were married Sept. 7, 2014.