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Marty O’Connor passed away in his sleep on Friday November 9th, 2012. He leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Deanne and their four children, Leah, Corey, Haley and Morgan.
Marty was born in Seattle and grew up in Stanwood. He graduated from Stanwood High School in 1976 and St. Martins University in 1980 with a BS in Civil Engineering. He worked for PSE as an Engineer for 32 years.
Marty loved skiing and was a Level III PSIA Certified instructor, joining PSIA in the early 80’s. As a child he grew up skiing at Stevens Pass, and later taught skiing and led certification training for John Mohan Skiing and Ski Masters Ski School at Snoqualmie Pass. Marty was an Alpine DCL, Alpine Examiner and former PSIA-NW Technical Team Member.
He was also a avid cyclist and rode for Cucina Fresca cycling team. He enjoyed playing basketball on Sunday mornings and on a local team. He also loved to build/remodel and always had a project going.
We will cherish memories of him at Camano Island at the beach house; crabbing, laughing around the bonfires and competing in cribbage tournaments. He always had a cup of coffee in his hand.
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Marty was an amazing husband, father, uncle, son, brother and friend. We will miss him and his love of life and adventure.
Louise Anne Lenihan, a passionate skier and ski industry executive, died peacefully on Sunday October 14, 2012 at her home in Kirkland Washington after a long battle with cancer. She was 75. Lou was born and raised in Corvallis, OR, where her father, Henry Hartman, was Professor and Chair of the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in 1960. Her first marriage was to Melvin Johnson, an engineer employed by ALCOA. They initially resided in Vancouver, WA, later moving to Wenatchee, WA, then to Geelong, Australia, and ultimately returning to Wenatchee. Louise married William (Bill) F. Lenihan in 1979 after moving to Seattle, Washington.
Lou worked in the ski industry for much of her life. She was an instructor and supervisor with the Mission Ridge Ski School, and served as the director of the Mt Spokane Ski School for two years. In 1977 she moved to Seattle, where she became the assistant director and then director of the Snoqualmie Summit Ski School. Later she became part of the Snoqualmie management team, advancing to general manager at the Summit, and then vice president of its managing company, Ski Lifts, Inc. She was a gifted manager and mentor who was always able to help her coworkers, employees and family members achieve their best.
Throughout her ski career, Lou was active in several professional and trade organizations, including Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), PSIA-NW, and the National Ski Area Operators Association. She served as a director and president of PSIA-NW, and as vice president and director of PSIA. Lou and Bill met through their involvement in these organizations and in other ski related activities. Skiing, ski instruction, alpine racing and coaching, and ski area management have been major components of their combined family’s activities for more than 30 years.
Lou was a chef extraordinaire and a master seamstress, knitter, and photographer. She naturally possessed the skills of an expert interior decorator and her home was filled with bold and bright artwork lovingly arranged. Lou was blessed with a green thumb and every plant, shrub and tree she encountered grew and prospered.
Lou brought two Siamese cats into her marriage with Bill, readily converting him to a cat lover. Their current beloved cats are two extraordinary Egyptian Maus, Calvin and Hobbes, who have trained their masters well and allow them to share their home with them.
Lou is survived by her beloved husband of 33 years, Bill; their children, Greg Johnson (Susan), Kit Pogliano (Joe), Colleen Larsen (Peter), Brian Lenihan (Lisa), Kelly Lenihan, Terry Lenihan (Sue) and Brendan Lenihan (Gerry); their grandchildren Nicolas Pogliano, Sofia Pogliano, Kristina Cain, Jesse Lenihan, Ryan Lenihan, Jessica Lenihan, Nicolas Lenihan, Christopher Douglas and Duncan Stiller; their great grandchild, Garrett Lenihan; and their cherished cats, Calvin and Hobbes. She will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for memorial contributions to the King County Humane Society or the American Cancer Society.
A celebration of Lou’s life will be held in the Timber Wolf Pub at the Summit at Snoqualmie West Ski Area on November 3, 2012 starting at 1:30pm.
From the NW Snowsports Instructor newsletter, Winter 2011-12
Lucky Joy Lucas was a pioneer in the ski industry. Yes, her first name was Lucky, but we were the lucky ones as she settled on ski teaching and gave her time and talent to us. She passed peacefully on Black Friday – November 25, 2011.
Joy will be remembered for a long list of firsts. She was the first woman ski instructor certified in the United States and on the Northwest’s first board of directors. She was the first Executive Secretary for the PNSIA (Pacific Northwest Ski Instructors Association) and set up the first office; which was a bedroom in an apartment just East of Sea-Tac Airport. This was a shared office with PNSA (Pacific Northwest Ski Association) and before that the Northwest Division was a committee of the PNSA. The first newsletter was run on a mimeograph and mailed from that office. We didn’t have zip codes then and zip codes later became another learning experience.
Joy kept the balls in the air, keeping our membership in order. She became known with affection as our Mother Superior. She organized our Symposium events where we were placed into classes per our ability to handle slopes; at the time we were the only division to provide that kind organizing. We were a hard playing group and she kept some of us out of jail, literally. I remember a “lost bus” at a Bogus Basin Symposium one year. If you do not know the story you must ask a Legend or at least an old timer.
Joy worked in the office year round, even when we were small. Summers were spent in review and organizing for the next year. When dues billings went out she was in full swing with Fall Seminars, ski school insurance billing, etc. It took three years to break someone in to help out as each thing we did usually only happened once a year.
One year she fell and they said she would never walk again. The doctors didn’t know her strength of will and of course she was back up on the slopes. Not only did she teach, but she and her late husband Jim ran the Evergreen Ski School at Snoqualmie for 18 years. She knew our organization from all sides and that made her so very valuable to us.
It Started on the Mountain was a book written by Joy. It was fun being on the committee with Joy, Kay Haley, and Willa O’Conner. The committee expanded as we went, but working from a picnic table on the water at Camano Island a book took shape. Many stories were told that wouldn’t or couldn’t make the book, but we loved every one one of them. If you have not read our organization’s history, pay tribute to Joy, purchase a book from the office and learn about our early years.
Joy was a hard worker all of her life. Her father was a Forest Ranger and she grew up in the woods, coming to Seattle every winter to go to school. She modeled for local department stores and worked ski retail among other things. Joy gave birth to 4 children; one died at age two from tuberculosis and Michael, Katie and Dave still are here along with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dave carries on the family’s PSIA-NW legacy; he’s a Divisional Clinic Leader, Alpine Examiner, past Technical Team member and past PSIA-NW President.
Joy served other people and enjoyed doing that. She passed away from pneumonia brought on by a small stroke that knocked out a flap in her esophagus that controls where the air and food go. There will be a private family service at Chinook Pass to celebrate her life when the snow is gone in the Spring 2012. Remembrances can be made to the charity of your choice.
Joy Piles Lucas born February 15, 1917, in Spokane Wash. Passed away Nov. 25, 2011. Her parents were in the Forest Service and she spent every summer at the Barlow Pass Ranger Station, near Monte Cristo and Big Four before coming to Seattle. She attended Broadway High School, where she was very active in activities, being Treasurer of the Girl’s Club, awarded the Rene B. Raymond award for the most outstanding girl athlete as well as the Candle Log award for outstanding girl student. Joy was Executive Secretary for the Broadway High School Alumni Association for more than 15 years. She was honored to be placed in their Alumni Hall of Fame. In 1938, she made her first trip skiing to the Milwaukee Ski Bowl, (now Hyak).
On the train home, she met Jim Lucas – they made a bond, he taught her to ski and they were married the following year. Joy became the first woman in America to become a Certified Ski Instructor in 1941. She and Jim ran the Deer Park Ski Lodge and ski school in the Olympics in 1940, then taught with the Seattle Times Free Ski School in 1941-42. They managed the Milwaukee Ski Bowl the year after the War, then taught at Snoqualmie Pass for 27 years, including directing their own Evergreen Ski School for 18 years – then to Ski Acres for another 14 years, teaching and training instructors for the Ski Acres Ski School. She taught for more than 50 years. She taught until she was 75 and skied until she was 80.
Joy was one of the founders of the Pacific Northwest Ski Instructors Association (later PSIA-NW) and served with their board for nearly 30 years. She was Executive Secretary for the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA-NW) for over 16 years and organized their Symposiums for more than 25 years. She was “Momma” to all the ski instructors in the Northwest. Her awards: Ski instructor of the Year – the Legend Award – and inducted into the Northwest Ski Hall of Fame in 1992. She was honored by the International Skiing History Association for her book, “It Started in the Mountains”, a history of skiing and ski instruction in the Northwest. In 2006, she authored, “Ancient Skiers of the Pacific Northwest”, a history of skiers who skied Mt. Rainier prior to World War II.
Joy is survived by her children, Dr. Michael Lucas (Cindy), Kate Lucas and Dave Lucas (Marla), 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Remembrances may be made to charity of personal choice.
Published in The Seattle Times on January 15, 2012