Obituaries — May 12, 2021

George Edward Dawson

George Edward Dawson of Sequim died of age-related causes at Discovery Memory Care in Sequim on May 3, 2021.

He was 88.

Dawson was born Sept. 26, 1932.

No services are planned.

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Kathleen Christiansen “Kathi” Larsen

July 23, 1959 – April 28, 2021

Kathleen C. “Kathi” Larsen of Sequim, Washington, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2021 at her home with her family at her side. She was 61.

Kathi was born July 23, 1959 in Long Beach, California, one of three children to parents James and Barbara (Newlin) Christiansen.

She worked in the mortgage industry as a loan officer with Evergreen Home Loans.

She loved her community of Sequim, her family and her dogs. She was an advocate for all and loved Jesus.

She is survived by her loving husband, Ronald Larsen of Sequim, WA and their two children, Nichole Nigam and Ronald Larsen Jr., both of San Diego, CA; six grandchildren, Ila, Kaya, Ethan, Jackson, Alka and Lilly Rose. She also leaves behind a niece, Brittany, a brother Chris Christiansen and a sister, Sherry.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:30 AM at Sequim Community Church, located at 950 N. 5th Ave, Sequim, WA 98382.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kathi’s name may be made to Sequim Community Church or Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG), P.O. Box 3966, Sequim, WA 98382.

Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the family. (360) 683-5242.

Claire Lee Cornell

May 26, 1950 – April 28, 2021

Claire Lee Cornell of Sequim, Washington, passed away April 28, 2021 at Olympic Medical Center. She was 70.

Claire was born May 26, 1950 in Yuma, Arizona, to parents Clarence and Beulah (Gardner) Gunning. Claire, along with her younger brother Vaughn and parents, relocated to Tucson, Arizona where she lived until 1964, eventually settling in Phoenix, where Claire graduated from Maryvale High School in 1968. Growing up, Claire had a second family, The Westers, Don, Juanita “Joni” and their three children, Don Jr., Dianna and Cindy,

After High School, Claire then entered the work world, at a number of different jobs before becoming a clerk in the traffic safety section of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) in Phoenix. She also married and gave birth to son, Shahn in March 1970. In 1971, after celebrating her 21st birthday, she met future husband, Chris Cornell while he was an engineer-in-training with ADOT. They were married in November 1972.

Claire always aspired to improve herself and took college courses, eventually graduating with an Associate’s Degree from Glendale Community College (AZ) in 1978. She became a computer programmer and systems analyst and worked for Arizona Bank, Security Pacific Bank, Bank of America, and IBM.

When husband, Chris retired early in 2000, they decided to move to Sequim, Washington, where her second family, the Westers, had moved in the mid-1980s. Although a native Arizonian for her first 50 years, she did not like the heat or the big city life. Sequim was perfect! She worked for IBM at the end of her career, retiring in 2002.

Throughout her life, Claire was passionate about animals, especially dogs and cats. After retiring, she spent many years associated with Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG). She volunteered her time conducting interviews of prospective homes for WAG dogs with her best friend, Kelly Thomas. Occasionally, a dog would end up fostering at the Cornell Home, then becoming a permanent part of the family. At the time of her passing, she had two dogs, a flat-coated retriever, Bree and a golden retriever, Ginger (who we got from WAG).

Her other big passion was Disneyland. She loved visiting the Magic Kingdom and made it an annual event, often with her ex-daughter in-law, Rachel and granddaughter Anjali, accompanying the grown-ups to Anaheim. She also loved to gamble, play cards and board games, bingo at the local Casino and travelling.

Claire will be laid to rest at Sequim View Cemetery. A Celebration will take place May 27, 2021 at 4:00-7:00 PM at The Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course, located at 1965 Woodcock Road in Sequim. Please come with a smile, have a drink, an appetizer or two and maybe you have a fun story to share about Claire.

Memorial contributions in Claire’s name may be made to Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG), P.O. Box 3966, Sequim, WA 98382.

Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the family. (360) 683-5242.

Robert Gerard Caron

Robert Gerard Caron, age 82, died in Sequim, Washington on April 23, 2021. He was a graduate of South Gate High School in South Gate, CA. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Education and was a Special Education teacher for 19 years at Buena Terra and Danbrook Elementaries. During his teaching career, he earned a life credential for teaching from Los Angeles State. He also earned a Master’s degree in Education from Pepperdine University. Mr. Caron was a proud Irishman and French-Canadian, which he inherited from his parents Ellen Louise and Ernest Gerard, as well as a dual US-Canadian citizen.

He lovingly adopted a rescue dog, Shaliah, who quickly melted his heart. He asked her young pet sitter to adopt Shaliah in his final days. Robert loved his time in Sequim, especially walking on the beach at Port Williams County Park, known to his daughters as “Dad’s beach.”

Robert is survived by his four daughters, Christine Grauer of Virginia, Julie Remer of California, Julia Becker of South Dakota, and Emily Haney-Caron of Pennsylvania. He was very proud of his children and their work as teachers, healthcare workers, and lawyers. He also had five grandchildren whom he loved very much: Mia, Livia, Aurorali, Alexander, and Miles. He stayed in touch with his grandchildren via FaceTime during the pandemic. He is also survived by sister, Yvonne Hurt, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Margo.

Funeral and burial services will take place outdoors at Forest Lawn in Cypress, CA on May 27, 2021 at 2:30 PM; all friends and family are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County ( or a favorite dog rescue organization. To share memories, please visit

John “Jack” Gerard Walsh

September 1, 1936 – April 22, 2021

John Gerard Walsh (Jack) was born on September 1, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, the third child of John and Dorothy Walsh. He grew up in Maywood, Illinois attending twelve years of Catholic school. His Catholic faith continued to be one of the constants in his life. He never missed attending Sunday Mass, even when travelling, and once he retired, he usually attended daily Mass, as well. He was very proud of being Irish.

Jack had a very interesting career, working mostly on military contracts through Hughes Aircraft or Burroughs, and later Raytheon. He started out as a computer repairman, when businesses were just beginning to use computers, and then began programming torpedoes, which took him from the Caribbean to the Arctic, where the crew stayed in tents on the ice while testing torpedoes under the ice. He raised his family mostly in California, but spent several years working at Bangor Naval Base Kitsap. When that contract ended, he retired to Sequim. He always said that of all the places that he had lived, all over the United States, he loved Sequim the best.

Jack was an active volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul at St. Joseph Parish in Sequim, making house calls and delivering surplus bread to charitable organizations. Jack was also a talented artist, with his preferred medium being colored pencil drawings. He also enjoyed writing, and self-published two novels and several short stories and family biographies.

Jack loved to travel and had fond memories of cross-country motorhome trips, as well as family camping trips, visiting family and friends out of state, several cruises, trips to Hawaii and several trips abroad visiting England, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Mexico, Panama, and the Islands of the Caribbean.

Jack loved to talk, and always struck up conversations with anyone in the vicinity. He also loved animals and always had a dog, or a cat, or both. When out riding his bike, he always stopped to pet the horses or cows that he passed, and often stopped by the dog park to pet the dogs and chat with their owners.

Dementia robbed Jack of so much of what he loved to do. But through it all he was still happy, almost all the time, and looking forward to his nightly glass of wine. He passed away at home, on April 22, 2021 with his wife at his side, bidding him fond farewell and asking him to save her a place in heaven.

Jack leaves behind his wife, Marilyn; daughters Kaye (Dan) Reshaw of Rancho Cucamonga, California; Eileen Groves (Richard) of Farmersville, Texas; Maureen (Aaron) Fischer of Canastota, New York; Paula Walsh of Sequim, Lisa (Rob) Kelbel of Colville, Washington; sons Michael Walsh (Fran) of San Bruno, California and Charles Sutton (Suzanne) of Menifee, California; and step-children Dena (Matt) Heath of Hillsboro, Oregon and Vince Sage of Aloha, Oregon, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, John and Dorothy Walsh, his sisters and their spouses, Maureen (Bill) Dickson and Dolores (Gus) Serio, wife Patricia “Patti” Peters and a daughter, Colleen Mawas (James). We wish to thank Forrest Davis and Nick Lester for their companionship and care for Jack.

A funeral Mass with a reception following will be held in September (more details to follow) at St. Joseph Parish in Sequim. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jack’s name to St. Vincent de Paul, St. Joseph chapter at 121 E. Maple St. Sequim, WA 98382 or Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County at 829 East 8th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362. Linde-Price of Sequim was in charge of arrangements.