AL AMIRAULT February 7, 1948- February 11, 2012

AL AMIRAULT Class of 1966

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Amirault, Al, a resident of Spanish Springs, Nevada for the past 7 years and longtime resident of Orange County, California, joined his family and friends that passed before him in his heavenly home on February 11, 2012 following his courageous battle with brain cancer. Al spent his last days at home surrounded by his family and friends sharing memories of their lives together and sharing lots of laughter and joy. Al was blessed with lots of communication with his family and friends over the past few months and especially the last days of his life sharing how much they all loved and cared for one another. Nothing was left unspoken, so when Al passed from this life to the next he knew he was loved and how much he will be missed by everyone.

Al was born in Burbank, California on February 7, 1948 to Augustin Alfred Amirault and Florence Evelyn Amirault.

Al is survived by his wife, Pamela Amirault; four sons from previous marriages, Todd, Aaron, Ryan and Travis; his sister, Kristi Florin; brothers-in-law, Peter Florin and Glen Randy Mozingo; nephew, Philipp Florin; nieces, Nikole Florin-Smith, Erin Florin, Shawna Rogers, Catherine Mozingo, Jennifer Mozingo; great nephews, Sean Florin and Dahani Smith; great nieces, Katie Rogers, Brianna Rogers, Tessie Rogers; best friends, Dave and Shari Cooke, Dennis and Pam O’Hare, Bob Retzer, Bill and Kathy Retzer, Mike Martin; and many many friends that he loved and loved him throughout his life.

Al made friends so easily and many new friendships that he formed after moving to Nevada helped sustain him through his illness that he was deeply grateful for. Al’s friends Dennis O’Hare, Harry MacAnally, Jim Lacy, and Bob Conatser helped Al and Pam by taking Al to radiation treatments that were required every day for a period over 6 weeks offering their friendship, support and encouragement.

Al attended Garden Grove High School from 1963 to 1966 where he had many athletic achievements as a star quarterback for the Argonauts. Al was ranked among the County’s leading quarterbacks and named “Best” Quarterback in 1965 where the head coaches were quoted stating that “Al Amirault demonstrated a lot of poise, a strong arm, and good leadership skills” leading Garden Grove High to the Freeway League Championship. Al continued his football career at Fullerton Junior College for the Hornets and was recruited by John McKay at USC, Coach Myrel Moore at UCLA, and many other colleges throughout the United States. Al chose Colorado State to continue his football career until he was injured and unable to continue his outstanding career performances at Colorado. Al was an accomplished golfer and fisherman. However, Al’s greatest passion was fishing. Al started fishing as a young boy with his father where they began a tradition of family trips each year to June Lake, California. June Lake became such a special place for Al that he continued the tradition with his best friends, Bob Retzer, Dave Cooke and Dennis O’Hare in their annual fishing trips together at June Lake. Al’s favorite spot at June Lake was a special fly fishing spot at Rush Creek where Al’s ashes will be scattered at his request, later this year and memorialized by a cross and marker with his name and the following phrase that Al selected before his passing. “Whoever believes in me… streams of living water will flow from within” John 7:38.

Al loved animals and had a very special bond with each animal that he brought into his life. Al is survived by his dogs, Cody and Gracie; his cat, Jesse James; and horse, Laddie. His dog Cody was by his side without fail every day throughout his illness. Al could not go from one room to another without Cody by his side. The last few days of Al’s life Cody refused all walks or any activity that would require him to leave Al. Upon Al’s passing Cody laid upon his bed licking Al’s face and hands to say his goodbye. Gracie still waits by the front door every night waiting for his return. Jesse James walks through the house at night howling looking for Al, as Laddie waits by the back gate for Al to come with his carrots. We all miss Al so much. A celebration of life memorial for Al will be held on March 31, 2012 at the home of Al’s sister Kristi Florin in Garden Grove, California beginning at 12:00 noon. All family and friends of Al’s are invited to attend please RSVP to”>”>”> for directions. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the ASPCA or the American Cancer Society for the research and treatment of brain cancer. When you think of Al, he would want you to remember that he continues to live in glory. He will be with all of us again making us laugh and rejoice in eternity with him. He wanted to share this closing thought with his family and friends. “I will cherish all the friendship, I was fortunate to find, all the love and all the laughter, in the place I leave behind. All these good things will go with me, they will make my spirit glow, and that light will shine forever, in the next place that I go.”

Published in Orange County Register from Mar. 18 to Mar. 25, 2012


GENE GRAHEK – June 15, 1948 — March 12, 2014

GENE GRAHEK – Class of 1966
June 15, 1948 — March 12, 2014

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Friends and family were deeply saddened at the sudden passing of a great man and classy gentleman, Gene Grahek, on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. A 32-year resident of our El Dorado county, his presence brought a bright light to anyone fortunate enough to know him — whether it was as one of the more than 9,000 El Dorado County residents and students who learned about the sun through his solar scope, or the stars and planets at the Cameron Park Community Observatory in Placerville, where he served as a Lead Docent and permanent member of the Observatory Advisory Committee, a Boy Scout lucky enough to be in Troop 95, a friend who joined him on one of his El Dorado or Sonoma County wine tours, or fly model airplanes, or run model trains with him, or enjoyed the more than 700 varieties of conifers he had planted on his property. Time spent with Gene was always special and filled with fun, learning, and laughter.

Gene enjoyed 36 years married to the love of his life, Pat, and they were definitely “joined at the hip.” Friends rarely referred to Gene or Pat, but to “Gene and Pat,” as they were the epitome of a loving couple — Gene in the lead and Pat providing all of the necessary background support. He served many years as the president of Sea Lodge, a special home they shared in Bodega Bay with a group of friends and loved sharing it with friends and family. He graduated with a degree in fisheries biology from Humboldt State College, and worked in various capacities for the federal government — mostly in Social Security — prior to his retirement. He and Pat enjoyed boating and traveling with friends in their travel trailer. They were active members of the American Conifer Society, often attending their annual conferences throughout the western USA.

Gene is survived by his loving wife, Pat; as well as his two children, Justin and Erin (Aaron) Kilbourne; his beautiful granddaughter, Ava; and his brothers, Randy (Valerie) and Greg. He was a true family man and always placed them first in his life. He will be missed by friends and family, and his influence will remain enduring and ever-present in all of his life’s endeavors.

A celebration of Gene’s life will be held on Saturday, April 12, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Cold Springs Country Club. Anyone fortunate enough to have known this wonderful man is invited to attend.

Miriam Isabell (Johnson) Knapp Jan. 2, 1919 — Aug. 10, 2003

Miriam Isabell Knapp

Jan. 2, 1919 — Aug. 10, 2003

Miriam Isabell Knapp of Port Hadlock died in Kah Tai Care Center, Port Townsend, from a stroke at age 84.

She was born in Fergus Falls, Minn., to Carl and Carrie (Swenson) Johnson.

Following an earlier marriage to and divorce from James Charles Hansen Sr., she married John F. Knapp in Minneapolis on Jan. 16, 1948.

She moved to Alaska in 1947, where she lived in Anchorage, Homer and Kasilof, then moved to Port Hadlock 15 years ago.

Mrs. Knapp was a kindergarten teacher and 4-H leader, as well as a lifelong homemaker.

She enjoyed flowers and gardening and was a member of the Lutheran church and Rebekas.

Mrs. Knapp is survived by her husband in Port Hadlock and son James Charles Hansen in Wichita, Kan.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

Services: Private internment will be in Anchorage, Alaska. Kosec Funeral Home, Port Townsend, is in charge of arrangements.

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Kenneth Alan Hermer April 15, 1971 — Aug. 4, 2003

Port Angeles resident Kenneth Alan Hermer died in Arlington at age 32. Cause of death is pending.

He was born in Long Beach, Calif., to Alan and Janet (Saalfeld) Hermer and graduated from Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Calif., in 1989.

He earned an associate degree from Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, Calif., in 1992.

Mr. Hermer, who was a commercial flower grower, lived in Port Angeles the past three years and was preparing to return to California.

He particularly liked lilacs and enjoyed sharing good times with his dog, Boo.

Mr. Hermer’s interest in sports included surfing, kayaking, fishing, snowboarding. He, also, enjoyed music, gardening and camping.

Survivors include his mother and father and stepmother Sandy Hermer, all of Huntington Beach, Calif.; and sisters Linda Hermer-Vazquez of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Laura Hermer of Missouri City, Texas.

Services: Saturday, Aug. 16, at 8 a.m., memorial in Saints Simon and Jude Church, 20444 Magnolia Ave., Huntington Beach, Calif. Weller Funeral Home, Arlington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alamo Club, 2040 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92627.

KayDee Mae Chrisman Campbell Dec. 12, 1989 — July 22, 2003

KayDee Mae Chrisman Campbell of Sequim died in Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, from brain injuries received July 19 in a vehicle collision on state Highway 169 between Snoqualmie and Auburn.

She was born in Auburn to Edward Allen Chrisman Campbell and Ronda Campbell.

From the age of 5, KayDee was active in basketball, football and softball. The love of her life was basketball and her dream was to play in the WNBA for Seattle.

At the time of her death, she was participating in baseball state championship competition with the Little League fast-pitch all-star team Sequim Pyros, which was undefeated leading up to July 19.

As an organ donor with a rare blood type, KayDee continues to help others even after her death.

Survivors include her mother and brothers, Jeff and Tony Chrisman Campbell, as well as her sister, Brianna Chrisman Campbell, all of Sequim; grandparents Jan Peterson of Burien, Ron and Terri Campbell of Kent, and Betty and Kyle Kennedy of Olalla. Her father died Dec. 5, 2002.

Services: Sunday, Aug. 17, from noon to 3 p.m., Celebration of Life in Carrie Blake Park, 202 Blake Road, Sequim. Cremains will be joined with those of her father in a vault at Greenwood Funeral Home, Renton. Bonnie Watson Parker Funeral Home, Burien, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations to KayDee Campbell Memorial Fund, First Federal Savings and Loan (any branch). After service and interment costs have been met, remaining funds will be used to purchase a memorial bench at the Sequim Little League field, James Standard Park, where KayDee frequently played ball.

Terry Duane Batchelor Sr June 12, 1944 — Aug. 9, 2003

Terry Duane Batchelor Sr. of Port Angeles died in Seattle of cancer at age 59.

He was born in Clifton, Colo., to Arthur Vernon and Ardith Rose (Stahl) Batchelor.

In 1964-68, he served with the Navy and was a member of the military police.

Mr. Batchelor, who retired from employment with Brinks in Washington, D.C., also worked 10 years for the U.S. Postal Service in Sequim.

He was a member of the Teamsters, American Legion, Salvation Army and Independent Bible Church.

Mr. Batchelor, who greatly enjoyed using a computer, collected antiques through Internet shopping. Additionally, he loved the outdoors, especially camping and fishing.

His marriage to Yvonne Batchelor ended in divorce.

He is survived by son Terry Duane Batchelor Jr. and daughter Tina Peterson, both of Port Angeles, and daughter Kimberly Batchelor of Reno, Nev.; mother and sisters Vera Mayhak and Cindy McFarland, all of Port Angeles, and sister Judy Johnson of Moses Lake; brothers Jim V. Batchelor and Larry D. Batchelor, both of Sequim; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and by one grandson.

Services: Sunday, Aug. 17, at 3 p.m., memorial in Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, 260 Monroe Road, Port Angeles. The Rev. Steve Devine of Little Brown Church of Blyn will officiate.

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