Obituaries — June 15, 2022

Frank E Meek

August 11, 1924 – May 18, 2022

Frank E Meek (Bud to many) 97 of Sequim WA passed away on May 18, 2022. A Navy Honor Guard service will be held on his birthday 8/11/2022 @ 1:30p at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent WA.

He served in the USN as AMM 3/C during WWII on the Marshall Island chain and in Okinawa. Frank did several jobs in his life. Car salesman, Mail carrier, school bus driver, volunteer fireman in Courtland CA, carpentry, casino janitor in Sequim. He always found work of some kind. Frank was a people person and finally lived where he always wanted to in Sequim WA for over 35 years. He could be seen every day out and about town. Joining the Navy he probably told them the “E” stood for Earl. Thus, he went by his middle name as Earl and all documents said as much. When he was in his early 80s his sister Patricia found his birth registration. He actually was Frank EDWIN Meek Jr!

Frank Meek. Submitted photo

Frank Meek. Submitted photo

Frank enjoyed life to its fullest by fishing, clam digging, going to see the eagles’ nests by water in Sequim, visiting the area’s lavender farms, bartering with crabbers – trading buckets for crabs or fish, spending time at John Wayne Marina, taking candy or flowers to women in town who helped his wife, Dortha, singing with friends at various nursing homes. He enjoyed camping and traveling. He never met a stranger. He enjoyed spending time with his two grandchildren, Darin and Michele Street, and visiting family who mostly live in E. WA. His family was among those displaced from Hanford/White Buffs when the government took their homes and businesses to build Hanford nuclear site for the war. His family ended up in Yakima WA.

Frank was born Aug 11, 1924 in Kent WA. He was #5 of 7 children. He is preceeded in death by parents, Frank and Laura (Lemaster) Meek, all his siblings 3 sisters, Aloha, Betty, Patricia and 3 brothers, Victor (Bill), Howard (Bus), George and their wives, his two wives Martha (Greene) and Dortha Tyner and her son John, one niece Cinde Meek McCay (Bill Jr). He is survived by daughter Lynette Watson, grandchildren Darin and Michele Street, step daughter Sherrye Dix of Middleton England, step son William (Kate) Tyner of Roseburg, OR, several nieces and nephews and their families. He will be missed by many. His daughter would like to thank OMC, Assured Hospice, and Avamere Rehab of Sequim for their patience and kindness shown toward Frank the last 2 years of his life. She’d also like to thank Michele Helms and her brother for taking him out when he could go, taking lunch to him once per week, and being good friends to him. Also, Moon Palace owners who graciously give free meals to veterans. Cindy was only one who knew what he liked! And so many others who gave Frank things he always shared with others. May you all be blessed.

Karen Louise Skinner

February 16, 1941 – May 27, 2022

Port Angeles resident Karen Louise Skinner died from age-related causes at Olympic Medical Center. She was 81.

Services: A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.

Drennan and Ford Funeral Home in Port Angeles is in charge of arrangements.

Diane Whitney

Diane Whitney. Submitted photo

Diane Whitney. Submitted photo

April 8, 1943 – June 12, 2017

Your family and friends love and miss you. We hold you close in our memories.

Evelyn Smelling Shaw

Evelyn Shaw. Submitted photo

Evelyn Shaw. Submitted photo

September 11, 1931 – June 3, 2022

Evelyn Smelling Shaw was born Sept. 11, 1931, in Port Angeles WA, the only child of Harry Christie Smelling and Barbary Marie Fouts. She died at her home in Sequim WA on June 3rd, 2022.

She met her sweetheart Richard (Dick) Shaw on the first day of school in the 6th grade and they were married Sept. 29th, 1951. This was later solemnized on June 5th, 1955 for Time and All Eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. After graduation from Sequim High School in 1949 and their subsequent marriage they settled down to farm in Sequim. This lasted until Dick’s brothers returned from the Korean War and started college on the G.I. Bill; seeing little future in the dairy business unless they got a lot bigger, they sold the cows; loaded up the family sedan and moved to Utah to begin school.

Mom was an avid gardener, cook and cat lover. At the height of her gardening, she had over 3000 dahlias on her patch. She loved to bake fruit cakes and dry the bounty of her many labors (apples and pears). She also loved to cook, many hours were spent making jam, canning, prepping and making delicious meals and for family and friends. She was FAMOUS for the senior math dinners she cooked over 25 years, which included hamburgers, baked beans, homemade onion rings and chocolate eclairs. Over the years mom has rescued/adopted innumerable cats…If she could pet them, they could stay.

Mom was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many callings and areas most recently served alongside her eternal mate Dick for 17 years in the Seattle Temple.

Preceded in death by her “frog prince” Dick, her parents and two grandchildren.

She is survived by sons Tim (Betty), Mark (Cindy), daughter Valerie and adopted daughters Sherrie Ball(RT) and Amber Golding(Dave), 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held June 8th, 2022, from 10am to 10:45am followed by the funeral at 11am at the Sequim Chapel 815 W Washington St. Sequim, WA

There will be no viewing except for family members.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to your favorite charity.