Fife, TJ Mitchell

TJ Mitchell Fife, age 26, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, after a courageous and long battle with depression.

TJ was born in Bellingham, Washington on April 3, 1989.

TJ was involved in athletics from an early age. His passion was basketball, he also played baseball, football, golf, and bowled. In baseball TJ played outfield and was also a pitcher. He played on a Babe Ruth Baseball team that was state champions in 2002. He attended Sehome High school, where he played baseball and was on the State Champion team in 2007. Also the Bellingham Post 7 baseball team that year which went to the Senior American Legion World Series in Bartlesville, OK. In college TJ was a walk on to the baseball team at Brigham Young University, but had to abandon his baseball career due to a shoulder injury.

TJ attended Whatcom Community College, Brigham Young University and Peru State College, where he obtained a degree in Accounting.

He interned with the local accounting firm Larson Gross.

TJ’s great passion was athletic shoes. He owned dozens of pairs of shoe. He studied their design, style and manufacture. The pinnacle of his working career was his dream job, working at Adidas North American headquarters.

TJ loved gourmet cooking, watching cooking programs and recreating the dishes. He was especially good at making sauces and homemade pasta.

TJ is known for his infectious smile and sense of humor. Laughing was always present if TJ was there. He also loved to do voice impersonations. TJ was a competitor, regardless of the activity, be it sports, cooking, researching shoes, plays in school. It was always done with intensity.

TJ is survived by his fiancée, Gina Christensen of Portland; his parents Terry & Doreen Fife of Bellingham; his sister Valerie and her husband, Jeremy Swayne and his daughter Jeslynn Swayne of Bellingham; his brother Shawn and his wife, Melissa and their daughter, Hartley, also of Bellingham; his grandparents, Garry and Karen Fife of Nyssa, Oregon, and Sam and Juanita Mori of Ontario, Oregon; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 1, 2015, 1pm, At the LDS chapel, 2925 James Street, Bellingham, WA.

Stewart, Duane Walker

Duane Walker Stewart was called home to his Heavenly Father on June 25 th , 2015. He was preceded in death by his sisters: Delna, Norma, Florence, and Joy, and brothers: Walker, Lyle, Reed, and Don. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife: Ivania; two sisters: Jean Caldwell of Lake Arrowhead, CA , and Mary Abbott of Delta, UT; his children: Dana (Peter) Watkins of Orange, CA, Douglas (Lora) Stewart of American Fork, UT, Diana (Bruce) Bugbee of Logan, UT, Preston Stewart of Alpine, UT, Stephanie (Stephen) Pratt of Ferndale, Marci (Ty) Brooks of Everson, Elizabeth (Paul) Baltes of Springville, UT, and Miriam (Matthew) Trott of Bellingham; grandchildren Luke, Bryn, Seth, Rachel (Scott), Sarah (Dustin), Marissa, Micah (Laura), Hannah (Pete), Gabriel, Hillary, Elijah, Maxx, Abbey (Jake), Brigham, Rosie, Emily (Jason), Haley (James), Eli, Tiana, Meagan (Greg), Maddy (Adam), Maisey, Emma, Micaela, Madison, Brighten, Daniel, Rachel, Mylo, Millie and 16 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Duane was born on November 9 th , 1932, to George Lyle Stewart and Clara May Walker of Hinkley, Utah. He was the 10 th of 11 children, and was born just shortly before the death of his older brother, Duncan Walker Stewart.

Duane was committed to his faith, his family and to his profession of helping others. He was a teacher, marriage and family counselor, group home administrator, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor. He took great satisfaction in serving and lifting others. He recognized goodness in others and wanted all to reach their full potential. He was a man of great intellect and had a love of the scriptures. He served a mission to Helsinki, Finland, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in the Army September 1956 – September 1958, of which 18 months were served in Germany. Another five years were spent in the Army Reserves.

After completing his associate’s degree at the College of Southern Utah in Cedar City, he earned his Bachelor of Science at Brigham Young University. Having a continual thirst for knowledge, he continued on to receive his Master’s degree in Family Life Education and then his PhD in Child Development and Family Relationships at BYU.

Duane had a beautiful voice and took the leading role in many operas. No matter how he was feeling, he would always find peace through singing. He brought much joy to those around him through his voice.

He loved animals and was a gentleman farmer. He won trophies at stock shows and rode brahma bulls and broncos in the county rodeos. He wanted his children to learn the value of hard work and always had horses, pigs, calves, and even some sheep to care for. Riding horses was a hobby and a love.

He was good at sports, and loved to play basketball well into his older years. When he was younger, they referred to him as “Dart” because he was such a fast runner. Parkinson’s disease took its toll on him but he endured it well. He always told his kids, “The race is not to the swift, but to those that endure to the end.” He was one that endured to the end. We feel comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering and is able to use his legs once again.

He described his faith by writing, “It is my all and it gives every instance of my life purpose, a purpose which goes beyond my frailties and my temporal existence.“ He has fought a good fight and has kept the faith. We love him and miss him but know that we will be reunited with him again.


Doctrine and Covenants 98:18

Let not your hearts be troubled; for in my Father’s house are many mansions, and I have prepared a place for you; and where my Father and I am, there ye shall be also.

Ross, James

James August Ross passed away surrounded by his family on February 14th. He was 64. He is survived by his two sons Eryn and Joel Ross, his sister Barbara and her two children, his devoted wife Margarette Grant, and his five stepchildren and seven grandchildren who affectionately refer to him as ‘Popz’.

Jim was born in 1950 to Bill and Dorothy Ross in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. He moved to Boston after high school and became a radio DJ while attending college. After graduating Emerson college with a degree in broadcasting, in 1976 Jim married Robin Murphy outside of Portland, Maine. After a brief time working at a television station in Pittsburg, Jim and Robin moved out to Washington state, where he started working at KVOS television in 1978 while residing in Mt. Vernon. They gave birth to their first son Eryn, in 1980, and to their second son Joel, in 1983. In 1990, Jim spent the summer in Seattle working as a media producer for the International Goodwill Games. He began working for the Seattle Supersonics as a touring production manager in the early 1990s while continuing his work for KVOS, allowing him to travel all throughout the United States, as well as to Japan and Russia for diplomacy games.

He moved up to Bellingham in 1998, where he met Margarette Grant. They were married in 2005.

Jim was known for his warm and loving attitude, his enduring sense of humor, and endless love for jazz and the outdoors. As an Eagle Scout in high school, Jim continued his adventurous nature by hiking Mt. Baker, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams. He was one of the founding members and saxophone players for the big band outfit “Swing Connection”, as well as an avid bicyclist, riding several times in the “Seattle to Portland” race.

Friends are welcome to attend a ‘Celebration of Life’, which will be held at the Squalicum Boathouse 2600 N Harbor Loops Drive on May 3 rd from noon to 3:00. Guests are encouraged to share any memories, pictures, and stories they may have. Those who plan on sending flowers are encouraged to make a donation instead to a non-profit of their choice.

Clutts, Earl Eugene

Earl Eugene Clutts died Monday, March 23, 2015 in Bellingham from an extended illness.

Earl was born April 22, 1931 in Murphysboro, Illinois to Harry Everett and Delores Lula (Brothers) Clutts.
He served his country by enlisting in both the Army and Air Force for 20 years during the Korean War. At this time he was blessed to travel to many foreign lands, including Germany, the Philippines, Thailand, Bermuda and more.

Woodworking, golfing and camping were some of his favorite pastimes as well as square dancing and playing guitar in a band with wife, Beverly.
Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; parents; as well as a brother, Homer Leon Clutts. Earl was also preceded by his first wife, Sharon Jackson Kovacsics.
Survivors include: his sons, Dale (Karen) Clutts of Bonney Lake, David Clutts of Hoquiam, Danny Clutts of Federal Way as well as daughter Debbie Jackson of Tacoma; a sister Linda Schack of Murphysboro, IL and brother, Harry Clutts of Herrin, IL. He was blessed with 4 children, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

Funeral services with military honors will be held Monday, March 30, 1pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 503 Everson Rd. Everson, WA. Burial will follow at Nooksack Cemetery.

Johnson, Earl

Earl Johnson of Blaine WA passed away on March 3rd 2015 at the age of 91.

A viewing and visitation will take place on Friday March 20th from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Squalicum Boathouse located at 2600 North Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham, WA.

Clutts, Beverly Jane

Beverly Jane (Lenon) Clutts died at her home in Everson, Thursday morning, February 26, 2015 after valiantly fighting pancreatic cancer.

Beverly was born in Neodesha, Kansas on December 9, 1936 to Edgar Lee and Myrtle Magdalene (Johnson) Lenon.

Gardening, doing genealogy and camping were just a few of her favorite past times. She also enjoyed canning, square dancing and playing her steel guitar in a band with her husband, Earl.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Shirley Harrison; and brothers Edgar Jr. and Jerry Lenon.

Survivors include: her husband, of the home, Earl Clutts; sons, Daniel Lee (Cheryle) Schindler of Ferndale; Joseph, Rodney (Janae) and Edgar (Debra) Schindler of Everson; and Duane (Lanie) Schindler of Hayden, ID; daughters: Brenda (Steve) Moa of Lake Goodwin, WA and Mary (Angela) Licon of Montesano, WA. Also surviving is her friend and first husband, Robert (Christine) Schindler of Lynden. She leaves behind 30 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren as well as two nephews (Darrell and Randy Judd).

Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 2nd, 1:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 503 Everson Rd. Everson, WA. Flowers can be sent to Safe Harbor Funeral Service, 2750 Peace Portal Suite D Blaine WA.

Benton, Douglas

On January 22, 2015 Douglas Oliver Benton of Blaine WA, passed away at the age of 53.

Tugman, Merrill

On January 13, 2015 Merrill Tugman of Bellingham WA, passed away at the age of 83.

Clark, Kay

On January 15, 2015 Kay Jean Griswold Clark of Bellingham WA, passed away at the age of 76.

Hicks, Sean

On January 12, 2015 Sean Owen Stacey Hicks of Bellingham WA, passed away at the age of 28.