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Elizabeth Kraft (Aguire)
City Clerk Married 2
30 years already!!!  I don't feel that old.  I live in California and am an elected official (City Clerk) for the City of Galt.  Would love to see everyone and will try to make it.  The 20 year reunion was a blast!

Things have been good.  Cancer survivor, my first granddaughter, still working with mayor and city council, and enjoying life.  Trying to travel more and do the things I want to do.
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Tony Aldridge
Logistics Manager Committed Relationship 2
I look forward to seeing the people at the reunion. It's difficult to realize it has been 30 years!!! I'll see you there. Send Tony a MessageSend Tony a Message
Cliff Anderson
It is only a title.... Married 2

It was wonderful seeing so many classmates at our reunion!  The evening simply went by too fast.
At one point during the celebration, I stopped to look at our entire group.  There were so many engaging conversations - the air was electrified of renewed friendships.  It felt so good...so right...to be there that night.  I hope that we all will stay connected in some way; making small efforts to say 'hello'.    Life is so precious and yet so short.  I raise a toast to our 18 classmates who have passed on and may it be decades before we add another remembrance to the board.  Until we meet again: be happy, live well and stay connected.

Best Wishes!!

Cliff



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Kelly Flores (Andringa)
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I have been married for 19 years and have two great kids.  I recently sold my Day Spa and now I am semi-retired.  I am a Aesthetician and a business consultant but only work when I need money for travel, shoes or champagne.  My bestest buddy is still Carrie Lou Morris (Burchard) and I love visitng her in San Francisco.  I am truly enjoying my life and feel extremely blessed that I have lived through teaching my 10th grade daughter how to drive (Thank the lord for the 911 driving school).   See you all at the reunion.  Send Kelly a MessageSend Kelly a Message
Daniel Bailey
Army Medical Service Corps Officer Married 3
I thought I'd write an update to my previous post - I decided to get in better shape, so as a result, I completed TWO marathons (26.2 miles) this year, one in Seattle this past June, and recently the Marine Corps Marathon here in Arlington Virginia where I'm currently living. I plan to complete a Olympic distance Triathlon sometime next year. I'm working a new job, still on active duty, but in a totally different area. -------- Currently I'm living in downtown Washington DC and working at the Joint Staff National Military Command Center at the Pentagon as an Army Reservist. I've just been selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. It's certainly been a very interesting job working here. A few hours ago, as I sat in the Deputy Director of Operations briefing room, I was thinking that someone needs to pinch me as this must be a dream. How did I end up here? Well let's see... After graduation from Lakes, I attended college at WSU and Fort Steilacoom Community College. I then enlisted in the Army in 1981 and worked as a computer programmer and was stationed first in Colorado and then in Germany. I had an especially great time living in Germany because I could speak German and I had a great job where I got a lot of incredible experience. After I got out of the Army in 1985, I worked for Federal Express for 7 years as a systems programmer and developer at their systems development center in Colorado Springs. In 1987 I joined an Army Reserve unit as they offered part-time tuition assistance. I completed a double major (5 years) in computer information systems and business administration at Regis University in Denver. I later completed my Masters degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1990. I decided to become a Reserve officer and in 1989, I was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Medical Service Corps. I spent 3 months in the heat at San Antonio Texas attending my Officer Basic course. I got married (and still am!) in 1991 to my incredible wife Marti with two great kids from her previous marriage. We also ended up with 4 incredible Old English Sheepdogs, but never more than two at a time. MCI moved its systems development center to Colorado Springs, and I worked as a database administrator at MCI/WorldCom for 9 years. My wife also worked at MCI for about 5 years. It was quite an experience living through the collapse of a great company like MCI with its technologically advanced networks and facilities to the shell of a company that was left after the WorldCom buyout. In 1992, I helped to start a Boy Scout troop at the church I was attending and served as scoutmaster for about 10 years. To date, the troop has had well over 200 boys pass through its ranks. The troop had some great high adventure trips, such as backpacking treks, canoeing in the Canadian Boundary Waters, sailing in the Florida Keys, and house boating on Lake Powell. One of the unanticipated outcomes of serving as scoutmaster was that my wife and I gained another son. In 1998, I was working from home and the two kids had grown up and moved out of the house. One of the mothers in the troop called me at home one day and asked "if we could take DJ (Daniel James) for a week or two". Apparently some things had happened at that house and DJ needed to be out of the home for his protection. Eventually we became foster parents and then adopted DJ on his 15th birthday. Now we knew that DJ had a few issues, and as it turned out, he had a lot of issues. When he came to live with us at age 12, he couldn't read at all, was terrified of the dark, weighed only 61 pounds, and hadn't slept more than 3 hours a night in the previous 3 years. I home schooled DJ since I was working at home and could spend time working with him on his school work. When we got DJ, we began attending a new church as his old family still attended our old church. The new church was a lot larger than our old church, about 5000+ people versus less than 100. I had been playing keyboards and piano in the worship band at the old church and got the opportunity to join the worship team at the new church. Since then I've had the opportunity to play with some big names in the Christian music world that served as guest worship leaders at our church. I've also been involved in some great dramatic productions and local theater. I've done some film scoring work for video and have done a lot of other music. You can download some free samples of my music at http://www.danielbailey.com . It's mostly really mellow and relaxing instrumental music. I'm working on releasing a second commercial grade CD sometime next year. We purchased 10 acres of land with some beautiful trees north of Colorado Springs, and I designed and helped to build our house. It is very high-tech and built with solid concrete exterior walls made of insulated concrete forms, has radiant floor heating, a metal roof, and is just a great house to weather a snowstorm. Right after 9/11 2001, I was mobilized by the Army and spent over 2 years working at the Office of the Army Surgeon General near Washington DC. Yes, I have met and given briefings to the Surgeon General who was relieved of duty. When I returned to Colorado Springs, I started working for Lockheed Martin for a 'classified client at a classified location'. My family jokes that I actually had another family, but the truth is that I only have one. It was an interesting project though. That brings me up to the present day, so I want to say thanks to the reunion committee for all their incredible hard work to make this reunion happen. Send Daniel a MessageSend Daniel a Message
Christopher Barnes
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Online Marketing Consultant Married 3
Hi everyone,
Long time no talk!. David (Bone) James told me about the reunion- I think it is great!. For the past 20 years I have lived in Southern California by the beach. My wife kathe and I have been married 17 years and we have three children Josh (20), Jessica (15) ,and Jasmine (13). Currently, I run two businesses, an online marketing consultancy and a growing photography/ writing business. I guess the love of Journalism has never left me. Last year we had the chance to take our entire family to Europe for a couple weeks. What a blessing! We hope to go again next year but stay even longer!
My best to everyone.
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Melodie Bauermeister
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April 18, 1959 Maker of Jewelry Committed Relationship
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Sheila Blevins (Beckstrom)
April 04, 1959 Special Education Teacher Married 2
  I have worked for the Clover Park School Disctrict for 25 years. I worked at Hudtloff Middle School and Lakes High School for 5 of those years. I have 3 grandchildren of which 2 of them I have raised for 15 years now. Send Sheila a MessageSend Sheila a Message
Kelly Burk (Blank)
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Costco Receiving Secretary Married
whatzzzzzzzup?! Life is Great!! I married my best friend 3 years ago(after being friends for 20 years)I am living in the "O.C". Yes, Orange county, Ca. The city where the swallows come back every year, San Jaun Capistrano. We are 3 miles from the beach. I look exactly the same as high school except for the 30 xtra lbs., the hair color change( which I did before I moved here) and tanner skin. I have planned to meet up with Elaine and we will have our DANCIN' SHOES ready... so BOYZ...get ready!!! Can't wait!!! xoxo Kelly Send Kelly a MessageSend Kelly a Message
Nancy Howell (Brinson)
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Advertising Married 2
Hi Everyone!
I can't believe it has been 30 years!  I'm looking forward to a trip back to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and to seeing all of you again!  I've been married for 17 years to Jack Brinson, who was stationed at Whidbey Island with the Navy back in the 80's.  We've lived several places since then, but we settled in Raleigh, NC in 1996 and love it here.  We have two daughters, Sarah (14) and Kate (11) who are both full fledged teenagers!  Hopefully all of my family will be able to join me for the big reunion weekend.  Either way, here's to lots of laughing, fun, dancing and remembering with the Lakes Class of 77...see you in August!
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Carrie Morris (Burchard)
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Business Development Divorced 2
Hi, 

Looking forward to the reunion, the others we've had were really a great time.   I have to say, I did have a tiny hangover after!!   I live in California, but get up to the area often to see Kelly, who is still my dearest friend.   My youngest is graduating from high school this year, my oldest is a freshman at Berkeley.   Not married again, but my kids will be out of the house soon, giving this old lady a chance to kick up her heels...watch out!! 
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Leslie Simmonds (Cleveland)
Water Resources Manager Married
Hello Everyone,
Like all of you, can't believe 30 years have passed. I have been working for the same agency for 25 years.  I have been marrried for 12 years (first and only marriage-waited a long time to take that step). My husband is a retired U.S. Marine with 31 years of service.  He now works for UPS.  We have only one child- Kiska, our 15 month old mini schnauzer!  We live in Southern California (thought I would come here for 5 years and have been here 25- so much for planning!!!!!).  Besides working, family life, travelling, I am also a Tribal President of an Alaskan Native Village (yes, I am an Alaskan Native with strawberry blonde hair).  Like many of you, we have been truly blessed with a wonderful life of good health, financial comfort, travel experiences and great extended familiy and friends.  We look forward to seeing you at the reunion.
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Kathy Brown (Clowers)
Consultant, Project Manager - ERP Implementations (Emphasis on HCM and Financials 
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Married 2

It's another job well done!  Thanks committee team members for taking a year out of your busy lives to be such a blessing to all of us. It truly was wonderful seeing all my old friends again and even making a few new ones ......  Matt - I didn't know you in school, but you sure turned out be a genuine nice guy and you have a very lovely family. I wish you the best.

Well I would tell you about work or school, but I wouldn't want to bore you to death. Anyway, I got married right out of high school and I am still married to the same man, almost 30 years now. We have 2 sons that we raised in
California, David is 22 and Eric is 21. We recently relocated to Oklahoma. I know Oklahoma over California. What were we thinking? Money - it's all about the money! I got 5x the house I would have been able to get in California. Ooops ..... too much information, now I really have bored you. 

Anyway, was it fun? Yeah. The most interesting or should I say bazaar thing was: the guy I had a crush on in high school, married someone from the same high school as my husband, works in the same occupation as my brother, and now (believe it or not) lives on the same street I grew up on. What a small world; makes me laugh.  

 

Anyway, it was good seeing all of you. I hope everyone enjoys whatever treasures of life are still coming their way.

Keep in touch. I welcome your hello’s. KC

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Mark Conforti
Attorney Single
Looking forward to seeing everyone again. It has been fun catching up with some folks by working with the Reunion Committee. I moved back to WA about 8 years ago and am an attorney. It was nice seeing the world, but also nice to be back home. Hope to see everyone at the reunion! Send Mark a MessageSend Mark a Message
Mark Doelman
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October 30, 1959 I.T. systems analyst Committed Relationship 1
After LHS, started out working in consumer electronics sales and support, electronic parts distribution and continued with interests in music as a professional performing musician playing in variety top 40 bands as a singer, guitar and sax player that became a full time occupation for many years.   Went back to school at Green River C.C. for an AA in electronic technology and was hired by BofA equipment repair and supported branch banking systems in the Seattle area, then moved to Hailey Idaho to support BofA central ID branch banking systems.  Moved back to Tacoma taking a job offer to go into  PACS medical imaging systems support with a company in the bay area that was purchased by 3M Imation then Kodak Heath Imaging.  Recruited to a San Diego based PACS company and moved to Spokane.  Got off the road and out of airplanes taking a position with Spokane based healthcare systems company.  Relocated and raised my daughter for her high school years here in Spokane and proud that she graduated with honors from high school while in a running start program at the Spokane Falls C.C. where she graduated with a liberal arts degree with plans to go into the health care field.  I have stayed active in the music business mostly as a sax player in the blues and jazz genre and nominated in the best instrumentalist catagory by the Inland Empire Blues Society in 2011.  More recently I have worked for Pemco Insurance supporting the Spokane office information systems, and at Enhanced Software Products as a consulting systems administrator, and as a contracted IT systems engineer.
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Tom Dunn
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Software Engineer Divorced

Fellow classmates, 30 years have seen many changes for me, so here are some highlights.

After attending WSU for Computer Science, I worked for Boeing for 12 years as a systems analyst and project manager.  But our gray skies inspired me to get some sun and so I moved to Phoenix.  Wow, what a change – from damp to extremely dry and dusty, from gray to blue and bright!  I was married for a few years while there; now divorced.  My career took me to California for five years working for defense companies.  But I never became accustomed to Southern CA.  So, 12 years after moving away from the Northwest I moved back last week to Portland, OR to start a new job with Jeppesen, a Boeing subsidiary.  Jeppesen is known for aeronautical navigation charts and is transforming from paper based charts to digital charts.  They are expanding into the nautical market with electronic nav charts for boats and ships.  I work with the software development teams and departments to improve their operating procedures.

 

To the Reunion Committee: you’ve done a wonderful job!  Many thanks.

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David Fejeran
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Systems Engineer Married 3
So, here is what’s new in my life since the last reunion. You know this would have been much easier if we’d had a 25th year class reunion! That’s probably just as much my fault as anyone’s for talking about it and not doing more. That’s why I was more than happy to join this year’s reunion committee because I figured it was that important. Speaking of 25th, I would have to say my crowning achievement is reaching my 25th wedding anniversary with my wife Kelly. She and I have really hit our stride; we’ve been keeping each other young and healthy. Hopefully it shows. Taking walks, Disney vacations, enjoying our boys and dancing at the local casinos. Life has been a joy and she’s been my rock. You can check us out on her MySpace page www.myspace.com/FejeranGirl1, that’s where you’ll find the latest about us. In 2005 we went on our first cruise and first family trip out of the country. Disney Cruise Line came to the west coast to celebrate Disneyland’s 50th anniversary. In addition to the seven days aboard the Disney Magic, we got to visit Cabo San Lucas, Matzatlan, and Puerto Valarta. . It was an exciting time and just an amazing experience.
 
We tragically lost my mother that same year. Not having my parents around has been one of the hardest adjustments I’ve had to make. Before they were gone I always had this buffer between me and eternity. Now I really appreciate the elders I come in contact with and in a sense looking forward to becoming one, at least one’s like my mom and dad.
 
This year I celebrated 21 years at Comcast,  I’ve settled into a System’s Engineer job that is still rewarding and hectic at the same time. Kelly works part time at the local Dinner’s Ready, having previously given the dental industry 23 good years. She’s really enjoying the extra time with our boys and has become quite efficient in knitting, crocheting, cat wrangling and quilt making (check out the quilt she made for the Reunion). She’s also a volunteer blanket maker for Project Linus. www.projectlinus.org They are a non-profit organization  But beyond all this, I’ve discovered her greatest gift has been the ability to put up with me. That’s an amazing feat all to itself!
 
Together we’ve gotten one child thru higher education, with two more in the wings. My oldest son, Zak, is now semi-self sufficient working in Seattle. My second oldest, Keenan, will be a senior this coming year at Curtis High School in University Place. He volunteers as a camera man in Tacoma’s Life Center, where we attend. He enjoys all the typical teenager digs, making ample use of my company’s services, when he’s not defeating the dark forces on our Xbox 360. Our youngest, Gabriel, will be in sixth grade and is taller than both his mom and I. He’s also a big video game fan and a favorite companion of mine on many a bike ride. Both the home boys love lounging around with our resident house owners. Those would be the four cats. They own the place and allow use to co-habitat here. When our oldest child moved out, it left a awkward void in our house. So, Kelly felt it was time we had pets. Cats were the answer and somehow we’ve grown to having four. They don’t answer to their names, but this is what we call them; Pixey, Dusty, Figuro, and Nessie. 
 
I’ve reread my entries in the 10 year and 20 year memory books and I still stand by them. My only regret is that we don’t have more reunions more often. Meeting all of you and being on the reunion committee has been a great source of joy and I’m sure I’ll miss it when it’s all over. For all my alumni buddies, who couldn’t make it this year, I hope to hear from you all and just maybe we’ll cross paths in the near future. God Bless and Go Lancers!
 Hope you like the pics. The before pic is Donnie Courson & I in our monkey suits. The second is my family at Disneyland in 2006. Drop us a line and tell us what you?ve been up to! GO Lancers!
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Wade Gibson
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Telecommunications support technician Married 2

Its been a long time since I have seen everyone , so I should tell you what has been happening in my life. I have been very happily married for 21 years to my wife Kathy.  We have 2 Beautiful daughters Jessica 16 and Crystal 12.  We moved to Anchorage in 2006 where I Have been working for GCI an Alaska Based Telecommunications company as a support technician. I hope to see most of you at the next reunion.

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Yvonne Nehl (Ginoulis)
June 17, 1959 Operations Coordinator Married 4

35 Year update:  Still married to a great guy.  Three grandchildren, 11, 4 and 2.  All my kids have graduated from H.S and College.  Oldest is a teacher, middle daughter is in nursing program and my twin, my son who will be my designated driver at the reunion, is 22.  Look forward to seeing everyone at the 35th and catching up on what everyone is doing.  Also collecting more Facebook friends.

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Preston Glaude
Sales Manager Married 3
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Preston Glaude
Married 3

Lakes High - Class of 77! Thirty years later, where has time gone? I'm excited to see everyone at the reunion activities - the committee has worked hard to make this a great event!

I am a Sales Manager at South Tacoma Honda - I have worked there 19 years! My wife of 15 years, Jenny, and I live in Bonney Lake with our adorable black lab, Auggie. Jenny and I like to travel, mostly road trips in our travel trailer with the dog and our quads. Once the weather is warmer, we enjoy jetskiing and taking Auggie swimming.

My kids are all grown up! Rachel is 25 and lives in Denver with her boyfriend and their 3 year old son, Ashton. He calls me Gramps!! We visit them as much as we can and Rachel and Ashton will be here the weekend of the reunion. My son Noah is 22 and is attending UW. He works at the library on campus and volunteers at the Arboretum. My youngest daughter, Jordan, is 20 and graduated from a junior college in Colorado this year. This summer she is living "on her own" in Seattle and attending UW. She is moving back to Colorado in August to finish her bachelor's degree at Metro College in Denver. We see the kids often, although it never seems like it could be enough.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion! Please visit the reunion website at triple w dot lakes77 dot com for additional activities.

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Kari Gonter
Protector of the airways Single Again 10
30 years, holy $#iT, it just seems like a few years ago, but I guess that means my buzz is finally wearing off. I look forward to seeing all the beautiful ladies. Send Kari a MessageSend Kari a Message
Michelle Smith (Gould)
Admin Asst Married 2
I have been happily married 28 years to Rocky Gould and we have two adult children, Kevin who lives in Florida and Stacy who lives in NY. I have an adorable grandson (Brayten) who is 18 mo old and am thankful for my job at Alaska Airlines for the past 9yrs which gives me the ability to visit them.  Looking forward to seeing you all at the reunion!  Send Michelle a MessageSend Michelle a Message
Gina Mercier (Harada)
teacher Married 2
I didn't move far after Lakes-live in Federal Way. Have 2 boys, 17 and 11 years old. worked a few jobs but i'n now teaching 1st and 2nd grade and working on Master's.I can't believe it's been 30 years! Send Gina a MessageSend Gina a Message
Lori Thomas (Healey)
Chief of Staff to Mayor, City of Chicago Divorced 2
It's been 20 years since I've been to Tacoma, and I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone.  I have an amazing job, working as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of the City of Chicago (just like the West Wing!).  I have two great kids, Ramsey (24) and Emily (21), both in college with graduation in sight.  I can't wait to see Shirley, Larry, Gary, Terese, Mark and everybody else! Send Lori a MessageSend Lori a Message
Angelika Confer (Heaton)
Administrative Services/Risk Managment Director Married 1
Hello Everyone:

I am looking forward to seeing you all at the upcoming reunion.  I'm not sure who is more excited, me or my husband Mike Heaton (Class of 1976).  Mike is looking forward to seeing some of his old football buddies from our class.  We went to the Class of 1976 Reunion last summer and we had a great time.

Mike and I have been married for 23 years and we've lived in Puyallp for almost 20 years.  We have been extremely blessed by our wonderful son Kyle who is 16.  He is currently a student at Rogers High School in Puyallup and preparing for college.  He is a great kid and he plans to pursue a degree in engineering when he goes to college.  He is much smarter than either of his parents because he plans to pursue a Phd. too.

Mike has been with the Coca Cola company for almost 30 years and will retire in less then 2 years.  He is in the process of deciding his next life adventure after 30 years of soda pop!  He is still an avid football fanatic (go Seahawks!).

As for me, I graduated from the Univeristy of Puget Sound (back in the stone ages) with a degree that has relatively little to do with any job I've ever held....well, it least it wasn't basket weaving.  I am currently a Risk Director at a company in Seattle that develops, builds, and manages retirement communities.

Our family enjoys spending lots of time together and we love the movies, traveling, and Kyle especially enjoys terrifying his mother on the wildest roller coasters he can find. 
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Keith Hillstead
June 05, 1959 auto dealer Married 2
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Claudia Schott (Hockett)
Mental Health 3
Thanks to the reunion committee for all their hard work and effort in putting this together. Fabulous site! It's a great time to reflect back on our lives and share with others. 

It still doesn't seem like 30 years but then again time marches on.  I have three kids (Jarrett 25, Joshua 21 and Jessica 16)...no grandchildren yet. The boys are both living on their own. Josh is in Iraq so it's been a tough year. I pray for him and all the other soldiers' safe return home. My daughter is attending Lakes so I'm still connected to Lakes 30 years later.

I lived briefly in the Midwest but Washington was always home. I've worked in the mental health field for 20+ years. My greatest accomplishment was finishing graduate school. Those old brains cells had to work twice as hard. There are benefits to being young but then again with age comes wisdom. A few years a way from 50 and the world looks differerent. At this point, retirement is starting to sound pretty good.  

I'm looking forward to the reunion. Hope to see everyone there.

Take Care,
Claudia
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Romero Iral
TSA Deputy Federal Security Director Married 4
First of all, well done to all those involved with making and managing this
website...and the music really brings it home - of course, my kids only
recognize it from "Night at the Museum" - a good movie by the way.
Seeing those guest book names again brings back lots of memories from those "glory days" (as Bruce Springsteen puts it) at Lakes.  Well done also (probably the same people) and thanks to the reunion committee for organizing our 30th reunion...I'm planning to be there.  My family and I currently reside in Yorktown Heights, New York (about 45 minutes north of New York City).  I retired in 2001 as a Commander after serving 20 years in the US Navy; and 10 days later, 9-11 happened.  So I jumped back into the arena and now work in the Department of Homeland Security / Transportation Security Administration and am in charge of TSA at Westchester County Airport (HPN for my FAA Lakes classmates) as the Assistant Federal Security Director.  The mission concept is the same from when I was in the Navy although now, I get to come home every night and don't leave for 6 months at a time anymore...which is important for that family life thing.  Speaking of family, my "main squeeze" (Helen) and I have 4 daughters (Heather(21), Colleen(12), Juliana(8), and Shannon(6)), two huskies, two horses, and a bunch of fish, turtles, gerbils and hamsters...yes, our own little zoo.  Heather just graduated from Catholic University in Washington DC majoring in architecture and has just started work in an architecture firm in San Francisco.  Colleen(blue belt), Juliana(blue belt), and Shannon(green belt) are doing well in school and are involved in Tae Kwon Do as is my wife Helen (purple belt) and some of our classmates (Dave James and Diane Stockbridge with their black belts) per the guest book.  Regarding the get-together, unfortunately, the "family unit" will not be able to make it out there for the reunion so I'll have to do the pictures thing.  I look forward to seeing you all again and perhaps we'll even get in a game of foosball. 
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DAVID JAMES
Contact Representative Married 3
Ay chuleta! Trienta anos!  Where did the time go? Okay, after Lakes, did 2 years at Fort Steilacoom CC, then 2-1/2 at Washington State University, got BA in Communications.  Briefly wrote ads for an advertising agency.  Was an actor for about  13 years after, best role was Rick Steadman in "The Nerd."  Supported acting with government work; have been with Social Security for way too many years!  Have a home in Tacoma North End, Married in 1990, have one daughter who attends Tacoma School of the Arts,  2 stepdaughters  who are out of school, ages 23, 19.  Wife graduated from U of Washington.  But that's okay!   I have a black belt in taekwondo; citizenship in Panama, have made many visits there.  The weight I didn't have in high school I have now. And I still have my hair! Try to stay active, but three years ago tore rotator cuff and a year later tore Achilles tendon.  Still get together with Romero when he is here visiting from New York.  Send DAVID a MessageSend DAVID a Message
Bev Johnson
Business Analyst Single
Hi Everyone!  I look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.  I went to both the 10 and 20 year reunions, but this 30 year seems to have come even faster than the other two!  And the life changes in the last ten years are remarkable.  This wonderful website the committee has set up is just one great example of how far technology has progressed!  
After graduation, I attended the U of WA, along with orange and blue, I bleed purple and gold!  8-)     After getting my degree, I moved down to Northern California, and have been living there the past 24 years.  I am single, no kids, and when I am not working I love to spend most of my spare time trying to travel to new places.  My parents still live in the same house we lived in while I was going to Lakes, so I am up there often to visit.  And I am still friends with Audrey Cunningham and see her every year.  I have had a blessed life the last 30 years, and it will be great to see everyone and take a step back to 1977!  See you all at the reunion!
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Janine Jornlin
college student Single 1
I'm starting life over again! Returning to college after 24 years is very exciting - but not as motivating as I had hoped for my 13-year old son, Hunter. My plan is to continue working towards my Masters while working in the "helping" industry. I survived breast cancer - it's 4 years now - and I want to inspire others to work through life - not try to go around it. Can't wait to see everyone - save a dance for me cuz I'm puttin' on my boogie shoes!! Send Janine a MessageSend Janine a Message
Patti Klein
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June 19, 1959 Residential Energy Consultant Divorced 1

Hi Everyone,

WOW I am amazed at just how fast almost 35 years have gone by!!  Okay so where do I begin.  After high school I got married at the young age of 28, was married for 10 years and we had a daughter who is a gift from the lord.  She is getting married this year to a wonderful man on August 7th.  It will be a blast because my step brothers of what 40 years or so are coming too the event.  Ya all remember Jerry and Darrin Davenport? 

Yup, you may not have know but we are related by marriage and are still involved in each others lives.  Vern their dad (my step dad that I loved very much ) and my mom Patti died very close to each other in the last 10 years.  So it is great that we are all still family.

I have lived in Denver for 19 years and love it here.  I work for Xcel Energy as a residential energy consultant, fancy title saying I sell solar, furnaces, ac's, insulations, home energy audits, indoor air quality products for the home.  I LOVE what i do and do well at it.

I cook a great deal for family and friends, hike, bike, yoga, pilates, wine...did I say wine...whine no whining here.

I have a deep belief in our lord Jesus Christ and truly with the life hardships we have all had by this time...dont know if I would have made it with out our lord.

Bored yet??  I would love to see all of you again.  Hugs Patti (changed my name when I was 22 to Diane)

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Roy Litts
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Hello all; I've got 3 great kids; Jeffrey (22), Breanne (20), and Derek (15). Susie and I have been married for 6 years; she's my best friend (sorry Tony)... I currently work in the IT; commuting weekly to Wenatchee.  Hey, it's a non-profit health care clinic... we do what we can... 

We also have two great little dogs; Cooper and Bentley. 
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Matt Losch
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Hello 77 Grads, I have been married for 22 years to Donna the best thing that ever happen to me !! I have two boys Nathan 19 and Adam 12, I am still doing real estate, this will be my 12th year. My mom and Dad are going great and my brother Mickey and I are still very close. You know those Losch Brothers. I still stay in contact will a lot of people from school we all get together as much a possible camping trips and on the holidays. All of us on the committee have been really working hard on the reunion to make this a killer event, so I encourage you to all come for a super time!! Put on your dancing shoes!! See you all on the 4th of August 2007 Take care and God Bless, Matt Losch Send Matt a MessageSend Matt a Message
Lori Semrau (Mann)
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Wow!  Is it 30 years already?   It's been a wild ride, full of fun, adventures and challenges.  Tom and I have traveled a bit with his years in the Army and decided that there's "no place like home" settling in the Puget Sound area (Lacey).  I've been a school counselor for about 8 years now and love it.  Was busy doing the "mom thing" prior to that.  The 3 kids are adults now- in various stages of the college experience.  Heather (23) just finished WSU's dietetic program, Brian (21) will finish WSU's engineering program next year and Eric (19) is just starting college next fall.  Tom and I are looking forward to those "golden years" when our kids will pick up the tab when we go out. Send Lori a MessageSend Lori a Message
Pam Bartels (Martin)
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Thirty years!!! It's hard to believe so much time has passed since the day of the bright orange gown! I've been teaching for 25 years in the CP School District. I'm currently a first grade teacher on Fort Lewis, where I've been for the past 16 years. Steven and I have been married for 19 years. He is a supervisor in the Traffic Division for Pierce County. We built a home in Steilacoom two years ago. We have two daughters...Haley is 21 and just got engaged to her high school sweetheart! Kellie is 13 and is going into the 8th grade at Pioneer.  Life is good!

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Ruth Martin
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Hi All,

I won’t be coming to the reunion this time.  The last one I made it to was the 10 year reunion.  I am still very close to Nina Sanchez (Jennsen), we manage to see each other every couple of years and attended each others weddings.  She told me the 20 year reunion was great too.  Nina and her family won’t be in town the weekend of the reunion, so I won’t be coming up from Phoenix where I have lived for the past 18 years.  After graduation my family and I moved to Southern California where I graduated from college at San Diego State University.  I have been working for the Federal Government for the past 24 years and found out a few years ago that a fellow Lakes Alum, Leslie Simmonds (Cleveland) works in our Southern California Office.  She’ll have to give me updates on the reunion.  I hope this web site stays up for awhile and you post pictures from the event.  On a personal note, I have been married for 16 years to a great guy named Ken Hopson and yes I retained my maiden name for business and personal reasons.  This is my only marriage and we don’t have kids.  My older brother Rich (Class of 74) has a son named Remy (Richard Martin III) that I get to spoil.   Since they all still live in Southern California we go over a couple times a year to visit, we just go back a couple of weeks ago where we took my nephew on his 30th trip to Disneyland (he lives 30 minutes away).  My husband is a retired Engineer from the VA hospital, I plan to join him in the next couple of years.  Over the years we have done a lot of traveling mainly with our favorite hobbies skiing and scuba diving. I didn’t make it to the 20 year reunion because my husband and I were diving in the Cayman Islands.  I have been fortunate in my life to have traveled to all the continents in the world with the exception of Antarctica, which is on my list.   Some of my favorite trips have been to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Fiji, Tahiti, Egypt, the Galapagos, Indonesia and the Maldives.  We already have our next two trips planned to the Philippines in November and Borneo in May.  That’s a quick synopsis of what I have been up to the past 30 years. If you want to contact me send me an e-mail at ramphoenix@yahoo.com, I would love to have a blast from the past or if you ever come through Phoenix, give me a holler.  Have a blast at the reunion and I will be thinking of all the fun I will be missing.

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Becky Hurlow (McCauley)
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Hi everyone, long time no see. Somehow I missed the 20 yr. reunion, so we have a lot of catching up to do. After teaching Preschool for Bates Tech. College and Tacoma Schools for many years, I am now A Speech and Language Therapy Assistant. I love the job and I love having my summers off. I have a wonderful 16 year old daughter named Katy who goes to Bellarmine and will be a junior this year. I'm also dating a great guy and we've been together for 8 years. I've slowly been remodeling my little house in Tacoma and Mom and Dad still live in Oakbrook and are doing well. All in all life is good and I've been blessed. I can't wait to see you all again. Send Becky  a MessageSend Becky a Message
Cheryl Cheryl McColm (McColm)
April 24, 1959 Real Estate/Mary Kay Sales Committed Relationship
Hello Everyone, just attended the 35th class/1977....I was shocked at all the energy. It has been a long past three years since I was diagonosed with Thyroid Cancer and I now can proudly say I am a Survivor.....I already knew that! just kidding! It was fun to see everyone. I did not stay very long because my energy level is about half of what it used to be however I am going to start walking again and working out everyday till the day I die. Hope to see the rest of you that did not make it @ the 40th. I am currently looking to put together a 40th year reunion for the graduates of Pioneer Middle School of 1973..Steilacoom,Wa....So....If you know anyone who would like to join me on the committee I could sure use some help. Give me a Call @ 253-221-9862 or email me @ cherylleemcc@yahoo.com
God Bless, Cheryl
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Annalise Brown (McCulloch)
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Glory Days, In the Wink of a Young Girl's Eye.....

Continued luck and happiness wished to all my classmates!
David McNeel
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After high school I moved to Anchorage Alaska
and enjoyed living in the "last frontier" for 20 years. 

In 2002 I moved back to the Northwest and currently live in Puyallup along with my 13 year old daughter.  

I'm employed by the FAA at the Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center and have the best job in the world.


The photo on the left includes two dear friends - Bob Bowers, and
Nancy Howell (Brinson)

* Sadly, Bob passed away on December 7, 2006 *


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Linda Bennett (Merritt)
self-employed childcare centers owner Married 3
Hello to everyone past and present.  It has been alot of fun reading everyones blurbs.  I find all of you to be very intelligent,successful, and interesting people.  We did have a great class!!.  I've gotten to be reaquainted with some of you by phone or visits, during this whole process and that has been great.  I have been married to Richard Merritt for 26 years as of August 1st 07.  We actually met when we were 12!  He has his 30year class reunion a week after ours! On our honeymoon in Hawaii I ran into Patty West from grade school who was just finishing college.  That was weird. We have a boy and two daughters.  Kyle is 23 and works for the Sumner school district.  Carin is 20 and lives in Longbeach, CA attending Orange Coast college to persue a career in Broadcast Journalism and acting.  Last but not least there is Brianna who is my baby and is learning to drive and will be a junior in high school next year.  My fondest memories of school actually are Lake City Elementary, and Mann Junior High.  It is an honor to get to grow up with people from grade school through High School. My  memories of high school are working ,going to all the dances with the same boy Tino Simpson, and studying while he cheated off my papers.  Currently Richard works for Boeing on the F-22 fighter planes.  I am a childcare center director/owner and have 2 sites.  One in  Parkland and one in Lakewood.  I have been taking care of kids for 27 years. I Got my start from Lakes lab school and degree from Pierce college in Early Childhood Education.  I dedicate this last 30 years to my wonderful parents who still live for the past 60 years in the house that dad built on Forest Ave.  They are the greatest people alive and taught me everything I know about caring for people and working hard.   Thankyou committee for working hard and can't wait to talk to all of you.   Live, Laugh, Love  Linda Bennett/Merritt Send Linda a MessageSend Linda a Message
Laura Hile (Modawell)
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My life these past 10 years is good--we are still in Redmond; and our children are 13 and 10 so I'm actually sleeping through the night now!! The biggest change for me is during ski season when we are gone every weekend to Crystal Mountain. I'm either packing or unpacking but its worth it. Our boys are in CMAC (ski racing) there and I'm working on keeping ahead of my youngest for at least another year (if I get those shorter and fatter skiis, maybe two). Chris B. if you are reading this, I have finally graduated from Queen's Run! I'm looking forward to some nostalgia since I never run into anyone from Lakes in Redmond! Send Laura a MessageSend Laura a Message
caren waggoner (moritz)
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I'd like first to say thank you to all of you that make reunions happen.  I can image it takes a lot of time.  How generous of you!
I have been living in eastern washington in a little town called Zillah.  My husband grows cherries, pears, and apples and I have been a teacher for 25 years.  I recently became a specialist for our district.  I will begin a new career this year coaching teachers and providing professional development.  Teaching has been such a rewarding career.
Tony and I have two children, Andrew, 20, and Amy, 18.  Both are interested in the teaching/counseling occupations and are in college.
I will continue to check this site to see who checks in.  I hope to be able to attend the reunion.  Again, thank you for your hard work putting this together.
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Diane Stockbridge (Mortzheim)
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Hi Eveyone!
My husband and I have owned a software development company for 15 years now.  We work together and are still married!  We've raised four, all grown and out of the house.  We actually have a life again as of about two years ago.  We like to scuba dive (in warm water), hike, ski and have fun out on the town.  My oldest daughter has her Masters in Engineering, my other daughter has finished "chef" school.  Our sons are still figuring out how to get up in the morning, but doing fine.  Jeff, our oldest, is studying to get his realtor license.  I'm a proud grandmother of an 18month old - took some getting used to being called "grandma"!!!*&*.  My parents still live on Lundstrom Drive and are doing great - travelling, etc.   I look forward to seeing everyone - it's been great getting some emails from lost, but not forgotten, friends.
Hugs!
Diane
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This is a 1969 "THEN" look at and for several classmates who have posted to this website so far.  Let's hear from others!  All of these Lakes grads (and a few CP too) will remember the folk songs sung in class led by Mr. Sysum on guitar.  What an amazing time of our lives.  How many of these Lake City Elm. classmates can you name? Send Lake City Elementary a MessageSend Lake City Elementary a Message
Janice Coleman (Myers)
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I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT SEEING EVERYONE.  I'M GETTING MARRIED AUG 25TH SO AUGUST IS GOING TO BE SUCH A SPECIAL MONTH AND VERY BUSY, TOO.  AND YES I HOPE EVERYONE HAS THEIR DANCING SHOES READY (SMILE) LET'S PARTY LIKE IT'S 1977 AGAIN...LOOKING FORWARD TO CATCHING UP WITH YOUR LIFES JOURNEYS

WE MAY NOT KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS, BUT WE CAN TRUST THE ONE WHO HOLDS THE FUTURE

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Mike Nelson
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Life has been a constant adventure.  I graduated from WSU in Business Marketing and then returned to Seattle where I started a career with Ford Motor Credit Company.  Today my family and I live in Laguna Niguel, CA where my current position is in national brand marketing for our Jaguar, Land Rover, and Volvo brands. 

 

My wife of 23 years, Kathy, and I have two great kids.  Our daughter, Blair, will be a sophomore at Drake University in Iowa.  She plays college soccer and is majoring in communications.  Our son, Reid, will be a junior in high school.  He plays football and basketball among a number of talents and gifts.

 

We've had a chance to experience many parts of the country working with Ford, not unlike the Army-brat experience I and many of us grew up knowing.  We have lived in the SF Bay Area, Michigan, Austin TX, outside Washington DC, Dallas TX, and now the OC.  We've also been able to travel some internationally.  But, it's nice to be back on the West Coast again.

 

I still keep in touch with some of my Lakes buddies…Jeff Thoren, Eric Herbel, Wally Miller, Steve Hauge, Bob J.  No doubt we'll squeeze a game of Risk somewhere into the festivities.  Fellow-Coug Nancy Howell (Brinson) introduced me to my wife.  Small world.

 

Lakewood is still "home" after all these years.  I'm a Mariners fan and Cougar die-hard.  I find myself following the Lancers on the internet and we still own a home in Seattle.  We get back to visit, but not often enough.  All my (our) family is still in the Pacific Northwest.  Maybe we'll return for good some day…if you all can ever fix that weather!

 

Here's to all of us.  We deserve to celebrate our accomplishments, life lessons, God's blessings, our family, and friends.  See you all there.  We're all wearing orange, right?
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Michelle Bishop (Oliver)
Database Technician Married
After getting married to a red-neck from Montana in July 1995, my husband David and I moved to Spokane, then left 3 years later to the little town of Deer Lodge, MT.  David works at the lumber mill in town and I am currently at the Department of Environmental Quality in Helena.  After working at Montana State Prison as a Records Tech for 7 years, I quit and went to work for DEQ.  David has 2 sons, Mike 28 and Ken 30!!!  We have 3 beautiful granddaughters, Kira is 7, Kristina is 5 and Marley is 3.  We also have a dog Koda that David and I consider our "baby".  After living in the big cities of Tacoma and Spokane, it's pretty nice living in a one horse town (only 1 stoplight and rush hour is 3 cars stuck waiting for the light to turn).  Many of you may remember my Dad as the security guy at the Ice Arena.  We lost Dad in 1994 to a heart attack.  Mom is still alive and kicking in University Place.  I can't wait to see everyone in August, espically now.  My husband just lost a high school friend to cancer.  He had talked about looking him up "one of these days".  Well, my "one of these days" is going to be in August!!!  I am so excited to see everyone again.  Love to all!! Send Michelle a MessageSend Michelle a Message
Charles Peiffer
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Cindy Lind (Peterson)
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Wow!! 30 years. My body tells me it's been thirty years. Oh what I would do to have that back again!! Life has been incredible for me. I'm living the life far better that what I had dreamed. I have been married to Jay for 23 years. We own an Architectural business along with 2 other Lakes graduates, Steve Storaasli and Wayne Lerch and design K-12 Schools. I manage the financal and human resorces end of the business. Jay and I have lived on Lake Steilacoom for 20 years. 5 years ago we gutted our house and dozed our yard and turned it into the home of our dreams. We have 3 kids (two from my first marriage) Elizabeth 26, who is in her last year at UW Tacoma before she heads to Law School. She works at the Starbucks at Lakewood Town Center. Brandon 24, who graduated from UW with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and works for UW and Jens 19 who's a sophmore at Indiana University attending the Jacobs School of Music. He's a world class soloist playing the tuba. I've been fortunate to have a great life. We have traveled many places in the world. I just returned from Tokyo where Jens was sent to record a DVD. Check out our website for some of our travels web.mac.com/jmp7020 I love my job...mainly because my bosses let me take the day off when I feel like it. And anybody who knows me knows I love to count money!!! We are empty nesters so I have replaced my kids with 3 dogs and a cat. I can't believe I have 3 dogs, a 7 year old English Setter and two Havanese puppies just adopted last month. Plus a persian cat. I love entertaining and there are lots of awesome events at our house. E-mail me and I'll have you over for one!! By the way, I need any old friend out there to convice me to come to the party!!! It will be one interesting night won't it!! Send Cindy a MessageSend Cindy a Message
Michael Pettigrew
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Well...I can't believe it's been a whole 30 days since we graduated!...Oh really?!...are you kidding me?!...it's been 30 YEARS!!! WOW, what the hell have I been doing?!!
...actually, as with everyone else, this whole event is bringing back a flood of memories for me...and I mean a flood! Just hearing that EWF song on the web site triggered a few. I remember going to see them at the Seattle Center Coliseum!
Anyway, my parents live just outside Vancouver B.C. so between this awesome event and seeing them...this is a trip I just couldn't pass up on. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again. Even though we all didn't really get to know each other back then, it just doesn't matter now cause we all share a common achievement...ya baby!...part of the Lakes graduation Class of '77!!!
Can't wait see, talk, have a drink, and crazy dance with everyone, eh?!
Cheers and see ya soon...
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Terryl Ross
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Can‚€™t believe it has already been 30 years. YESTERDAY‚€”some of my favorite memories are: Pioneer, Dupont, woodshop with Mr. Warner, getting a ‚€œB‚€¬Ě from Mr. Crosdill and being proud of it, kickin it with Joey and Lewis, Nina Sanchez and Ruth, Angie Confer (Heaton), watching Spud pin the guy from Lincoln, Janice and Dale Coleman‚€™s dance routine, drill team dancing to Serpentine Fire, finally starting in football our senior year, going to the prom with Deanna, graduation speaker (thanks!). Since Lakes I have been a football coach, Army Military Intelligence Officer, DJ, professor, and documentary film maker. I am single and have a 22-year-old son that lives in Germany. In 2003, I received my Ph.D. from the UW in educational communications, and technology. TODAY‚€”I am in charge of diversity at Oregon State University. I enjoy family, friends and doing stuff with new media. I am a performance coach and do consulting in diversity and new media. TOMORROW‚€”In my time remaining on this earth, I hope to use my blessings toward social justice. I‚€™d like to create a 21st century new media company. I feel very blessed to have grown up with so many of you and the older I get, the more I realize how far ahead Lakewood was about diversity. I grew up with a healthy respect for all people and with the ability to talk to people that are different than me. In loving memory of Terrence Cyrus Ross, my twin brother and fellow classmate that died of complications with AIDS in 1987, and all of the other Lancers that have passed away. For pictures of our 30th Reunion, please go to: http://gallery.mac.com/themosaicvillage/100027 I would welcome the opportunity to reconnect with all of you, you can reach me at tjross@myuw.net "BE THE CHANGE YOU HOPE TO SEE IN THE WORLD" GHANDI Send Terryl a MessageSend Terryl a Message
Lori Smedley (Sabo)
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Hey eveyone, 
Mark and I are empty nesters and even grandparents.  We don't feel old enough to wear that title, but we obviously are...and are loving it. 
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Henry Schlenker
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Edna Scurlock
IT Account Manager Committed Relationship
Our 35th Class Reunion is fast approaching. Will be fun to see everyone! Had a GREAT time at our 30th. I have registered and we have our room booked at La Quinta.
Still an IT Account Manager for Quest Diagnotics. I have been working for Quest for 33 years.
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Patti West (Sooy)
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Hey Everybody-it was so good to see so many of you at the reunion.  What a fun time.  We need to work on getting together with small groups so we have time to really catch up.  That was the only frustrating part of the reunion-not enough time.  I am comitted to staying in touch with as many of you as I can.  This website makes it easy, so post something every now and again so we can all stay in touch.  Many good wishes to you all for a safe and healthy year!  I finally found an old photo and the new photo was snorkeling with the stingrays down in Grand Cayman.  That was our 20th anniversay celebration and yes, we took our son.  We had a blast.
Thirty Years-WOW.  Time does fly when you're having fun and I try to have fun everyday.  SO a quick recap:  I'm still in the dental business-hygiene specifically and also own my own consulting business. It's really been a great career.My husband of 22 years is a rancher and he raises the best beef ever.  If you want tasty steaks-give us a call.  My one and only son just graduated highschool and is off to Montana State next year in Bozeman.  It will be awfully quiet around here.  In my spare time I try to stay fit-Yoga/Pilates is my favorite, I'd love to travel more and we have the greatest friends to hang out with.  If you ever get over to Eastern Washington-look me up.  We have plenty of room and a great view.  Can't wait to see everyone.  Dancing Anyone?  Don't forget I "gatored" at our 10th!!!
I'll find a picture soon.
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Henry Stockman
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Wow 30 Years,
Where Did The Time Go Seems like Yesterday
we Were at our 20TH Reunion, Im Married
to A Awesome Lady and God Has Blessed me with
4 Great Kids Scott 25,Kylee 22, Kate 15 and 
Whitney 14 Going on 21 LOL, My Greatest Thrill
is Accepting Jesus as My Savior Back in 1996,
and All The Great Times My Kids Have Provided,
They Are All Athletes and Have Helped To Keep
Me Young and Broke,Can't Wait to See all of
You At the Reunion,Save Me Some Dances
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Mike Stovall
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Hi, I don't have a then photo, I guess if you don't remember me or were too cheap to buy a yearbook you probably won't care anyway. Suffice it to say I was a rail thin, bespectacled looking nerd that couldn't get lucky in Helen Keller's bordello.

I currently live in Steilacoom with my girlfriend Pam and my youngest daughter Lauren 15. My older daughter is 16 and lives with her mom (Satan).   Both of them go to Lakes. Lauren is a Lancer Dancer, which if I remember correctly, in our day was a bunch of lederhosen clad yodelers. Now it's a pseudo-cheerleader group- don't tell my little one I said that.

I was employed for almost 25 years in the plastics industry, the last eleven years in the IT field. In May the company I worked for moved its corporate office to Detroit and I decided that I had enough and we parted ways. Meanwhile I have been studying nursing with a hope of changing career paths. 

I have spent the last 30 years traveling around when I can, so far this year I have been on a cruise in Hawaii and a trip to Orlando a couple of weeks ago to show my girls the Mouse and let them swim with the dolphins. The only important thing in life is friends and family and that is where my focus lies these days.

I won't be coming to the reunion, prior commitments preclude my participation in the festivities. Maybe I will be around for the next one and perhaps I can say hello to those of you who are not pushing up daisies at that time. Maybe we can race our Little Rascals around the convention hall at the next roundup. 

I wish you all success, health and prosperity in all you endeavors.
Melanie Warmbier (Sullivan)
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Hey all,
I'm not lost, just living a fabulous life with my husband of 25 years!  Kids were not in our picture so we do the best we can by spoiling each other.  Can't believe I was so lucky to find the love of my life.  Sean's a 3rd grade teacher and I have worked for 20 years at the University of Puget Sound.  We have a home in Puyallup.
No one will be surprised that I won't be at the reunion.  Instead we will be in Orlando -- Yes, I know it will be hot, hot, hot...but, I'll still have fun, fun, fun.  
If any of you find a way to slow time down -- fill us in, will you?  I'll be watching the postings.
I think of so many of you often.  Wishing you all the best.  Enjoy the reunion!
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Chris Tess
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Hi everyone!! Its been alongtime alright. I have not been very well in the Marriage department until 19 years ago. When I met the love of my life from New Zealand. Yes a kiwi! WE have three children together. All three are Boys. My first son from a previous marriage is now 24. He is set to get Married next July. My other boys are Russell age 15, Alex age 13 and just three years old Lucas. I stiil work for Black Angus in puyallup. I have worked in the Restaurant business since 1978. I wanted a Soccer career but college soccer life was hard on me. I got to many injuries playing. So I retired for a year. Than played divison one soccer for two years than called it quits. Anyhow I enjoy watching my boys play baseball now. Hope to hear from some of you. Send Chris a MessageSend Chris a Message
Jeff Thoren
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Greetings fellow Lancers!  Peggy and I are looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion!  Thanks to the reunion committee for all your hard work!
   
Here's a chronology of my life since 1977:
1984 (May) - Graduated from WSU with a DVM degree;  1984 (June) - realized I'd chosen the wrong career, briefly thought about enrolling in the Barnum & Bailey clown school, masqueraded as a small animal veterinarian for a couple more years to keep my parents happy and explore other options; 1987 - Took a job as a Professional Services veterinarian with Hill's Pet Nutrition (I was really just a glorified dog food salesman), move to Gig Harbor;  1992 (October) - Married Peggy Dubbelde!;  1994 (June) - Took a technical services job with Novartis Animal Health (selling veterinary drugs but at least it beats selling dog food);  1994 (September) - Our daughter, Emily, is born!;  1996 - I get promoted to management and we move to Greensboro, NC;  2000 - I become the Director of Recruitment & Development for a corporate group of veterinary hospitals (this was a significant transition, moving me into an HR role vs. a technical/scientific role), we move to Chandler, AZ;  2005 - Gifted Leaders, LLC is born, a coaching/consulting business focusing on personal & organizational leadership development and team building. Check out www.giftedleaders.com, sign up for the free e-newsletter;  2006 - Had an epiphany during a coaching class ... realized great leaders are great coaches (not the "drop and give me 20" variety we might remember from High School, but people who empower others by doing more asking than telling). 
   
Launching my own business has been a great lesson in living by faith and not by sight!  Without a doubt, I've grown more personally and professionally in the last two years then in any other two-year period in my life.  God is good! 
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Estrella Carmona (Torres)
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It's been great to read what everyone has been doing. I am remarried to Jimmy Torres for almost 19 years. We have three wonderful children Bianca (from my first marriage) 26 and teaches Kindergaten at Cherrydale in Steilacoom; Camille 18, just graduated from Steilacoom High School. She will be going to Pierce and wants to become a vet tech; and Max 15 (my baby boy) he will be a sophmore at Steilacoom.  
As for Jimmy and I , we are retired military after 20 years of service. Jimmy has been currently employed for 10 years at Boeing. After 21 years of Early Childhood experience I opened my own child care in my home. I have been doing this since 2001 and absolutely love it. I moved back to the old neighborhood after moving from Colorado. My mom still lives right down the street.

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Larry Upton
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30 year re-cap in one paragraph: 2 kids from first marriage, Liberty (22) graduating this year from Willamette U. Mason (19) in his first year at U of Arizona. Daughter Mykael (21) from second marriage works for Starbucks. Married last year in Central Park NY to wonderful lady I've been laughing and enjoying life with with for past 10 years. Veta manages the Starbucks across from the South Hill Mall in Puyallup which is one of the top producing stores on the west coast. I'm still in the firefighting business (23 years) working in Auburn for the Valley Regional Fire Authority feeling blessed everyday that I have a job I love that provides a decent wage and exceptional health insurance (I believe Regence Blue Shield had to order a whole new file cabinet just for my files). Most of my free time is spent staying active with volleyball, racquetball and cycling, once again thanks to my schedule and good doctors. We live in Ruston where I serve as a planning commissioner about 1 mile from Pt. Defiance and the waterfront and unless we win the lottery couldn't think of anywhere else that would suit us any better. Dad still lives in Lakewood, Mom still lives in Tacoma about 1 mile from us. She walks over to say hello about 3 days a week rain or shine and is as funny as ever. Brother Dennis still in Bellingham working for Morse Steel and cycling all over the place. I apologize in advance for having difficulty remembering a whole lot from 30 years ago so please re-fresh my memory when you get a chance. It's apparent I was more intent on having all my fun in the moment and didn't use any of my energy toward storing it away for a later time. Send Larry a MessageSend Larry a Message
David Vanos
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Nice to hear from everyone.   I've been  busy with a marriage to my wonderful wife, Jill, since 1983 and have 3 great kids Neil (age 20), Chelsea (age 18) and Nathan (age 10).  I've been  a doctor of anesthesiology since 1988 and have been working at Holy Family Hospital since 1994.  
     After graduating from Lakes in 1977 I went to Creighton U. in Omaha, Nebraska and attended undergraduate school and subsequently went to Creighton's Med School in 1981, graduating from the program in 1985.  I also spent 8 years in the USAF paying back time that I owed for a scholarship.  
     Currently I love running(still), golf, and whatever other sports I can pursue with interested people (tennis, basketball, etc.).  I will look forward to hearing from folks in our class and/or emails.  Also, I'll definitely look forward to 5 years from now at the 35th (WOW)! 

Janet Andrus (Warning)
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David and I will celebrate our 29th wedding anniversay this month. We are living in Lacey where David is the principal at the alternative high school.  Prior to that he was the principal at Lakes Elementary .,  here in the North Thurston School District.  I have mostly been a stay at home mother and grandmother the past several years.  I do volunteer work for church and school and also sing with a group of old ladies.  
    We have 3 children.  Becca, 26, is married and has taught high school math the last four years.  With the arrival of her 2nd little boy in May she has quit to stay home and raise them.  
    Our son Bryce, 23, is married and is attending BYU majoring in business.  His wife is an elementary school teacher. 
   Our youngest, Katie, almost 20 will be a sophmore at BYU this years majoring in elementary education.  
    We have a beautiful home on Long Lake and love to travel.  Other than a few rought years after a bad car accident in 1998 , life has been really good to us.  
    My father passed away in 1999 but my mom is still living in the same house on 121st. 
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Keith Watness
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Greetings!!!  Amazing it has been 30 years....I have been at SeaTac Airport since 1993 working in the tower as a controller. The "then" photo is Dave McNeel and I at the ocean and some 25 years later the "now" picture is my new bride and I at Lincoln City, OR. on our honeymoon. I was married to Nicole on 11-8-03 and "all is well". I even became an instant father to 17 yr old Michael and 9 yr old Miranda. Our 2 Pitbulls, Olivia and Elliot make for a busy house!!!
I can't wait to catch up with everyone at the reunion.
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Wayne Wright
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September 13, 1959 Photographer & Fisheries & Wetlands Scientist Married 2
35 years ago we would never even think of this day when we could regroup and "check in" with ourselves.  Sincere thanks to the reunion committee for the dedication and work you do to make these special gatherings happen!

Well, the kids are all grown up, graduated college and employed! Kelly (McCollum '78) and I will celebrate 31 years of marriage in September.  We play golf almost every weekend and travel the world together.  Working hard has paid off for us.  I still take lots fo photographs and started EcoPerspectives, LLC last year to show off some of my work and to do some online sales in my spare time.  Full time, I am the senior fisheries and wetlands scientist for GeoEnigneers, a national consulting firm.  My greatest pleasure professionally is to restore rivers and watersheds (or at least make them as good as we can under today's pressures) - taking photos of the work from start to finish. 

Looking forward to seeing the Lakes '77 crowd tonight! 
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