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Lake Havasu City - Dale Allen Van Matre, 63, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, passed away in his home on Saturday, November 13, 2021. Dale was born in Mount Vernon, Washington on February 18, 1958; son of Clifford and Dorothy Van Matre. He attended Burlington High School and graduated in 1976. On November 7, 2002, Dale married Susan Renee Van Matre on Kapalua Beach in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. He adored his dogs, Princess Bella and Princess Nikki. Dale had a very strong work ethic. He worked with produce, starting with Thrifty Foods, then Charlie's Produce in Western Washington, before moving on to be the Director of Procurement at Greenleaf in San Francisco. Dale had a kind heart, infectious smile, and he loved his music and having a good time with family and friends. Dale is survived by his wife, Susan; Daughter, Misty, her spouse, Dustin, and their children: Conor, Ryder, Gail, and Lila; Daughter, Nicci, her spouse, Derek, and their children: Cash and Cruz; Daughter, Renee, her spouse, Kasey, and their daughter, Madison; Son, Jason, his spouse, Crystal, and their children, Michelle and Xylah; Son, Brandon, his spouse, Krista, and her son, Collin; Daughter, Jennifer, her spouse, Chad, and their daughter, Chloe; and Brother, Doug Van Matre and his spouse, Margo. He is preceded in death by his sister, Alison Jean (Van Matre) Forsman. There will be a Celebration of Life held for Dale on Friday, February 18, 2022. Donations can be made to Hospice of Havasu or for Cranial/Nerve Cancer Research.

Mount Vernon - Patrick Erwin Park passed away on October 28 at 75 years of age. He was born February 20, 1946, the son of John Erwin Park and Beth Margaret Brunson. He was raised in Seattle, graduating from Blanchet High School and Seattle University. He had a long and varied career and liked to joke he retired three times. He was proud to have joined the King County Sheriff's Office shortly after his 21st birthday, becoming a detective, and working undercover for many years. He was a regional manager for the Washington State Division of Fraud Investigation. He finished his career developing security protocols as a senior investigator for Comcast. Pat lived for many years on Whidbey Island. After his third and final retirement in 2012, Pat and his wife Patti moved to Bermuda Dunes, CA, where he enjoyed playing golf, completing home construction projects, and supporting Patti's work at the nonprofit Angel View. Pat is survived by his wife, Patti Park, his children and their families; Christine (Ken, Ali, and Julie), Julie (Ben, Mia, and Anna), and Steve (Erica); and his sisters, Sharon and Mary. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Diane. He also leaves behind many other family members and friends who will miss him dearly. Pat was extremely charismatic; he always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. His blue eyes, his smile, and a smart wardrobe were his trademarks. You could always tell a story was coming when those eyes started to twinkle. During his battle with pancreatic cancer, Pat focused on the bright side ¬- appreciating the time he spent with family. He was surrounded by his family in the final weeks, days and moment of his life. The family would like to thank Hospice of the Northwest and Skagit Regional Health, especially the outpatient infusion nurses for the care and support they provided. Memorials may be made in his name to Angel View in Cathedral City, CA or American Cancer Society. Burial will be at Mount Vernon Cemetery, 1200 E Fir St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273, on Thursday, November 4 at 1 pm. A memorial service will be held at Assumption Church, 6201 33rd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115, on Friday, November 5 at 10 am. Services are under the care of Kern Funeral Home. You may offer your condolences and share memories of Pat online at www.kernfuneralhome.com

Bow - Buddy Fritz Partridge, Jr went to Heaven on 8/16/2021. He was Surrounded by a lot of Love, Great Stories, Classic Rock (his favorite), Eagles Flying By a ton of Gratitude & Prayers...it was the best it could be under the circumstances (minus way too many missed goodbye's). Buddy was born on November 27, 1946 in Maywood, CA. He lived an incredible childhood with his parents who loved him dearly. His Father Buddy (Fritz Partridge, Sr) was in World War II & contracted all over the world with the US Navy after his Service. His Mother Helen (Louise Partridge) was an absolute delight, dancing with troops well into her 80's. She called him Buddy Boy. Buddy always said he got the best of Our Nation's History.. the good times, sock hop simplicity, riding bikes to the beach to surf, hanging out with his cousins & sneaking into the Cinnamon Cinder (as a minor) to dance, and forever enjoying the warm Southern California days. He also had an older Sister, Priscilla Partridge de Garcia who had a large awesome family that loved Buddy very much, they called him Uncle Buggy. Buddy was drafted during the Vietnam War in 1966 and was stationed in Germany. His job was working directly under the Commander in Chief 'On Air' distributing the daily news, stats, notices & announcements, kinda like Radar from Mash. His 1st wife Francis (Fran) accompanied him in Germany & they had some of his most memorable times, they lived on 'The Economy'. Fran was a Model, Actress & Boutique Clothing Store Owner in Manhattan Beach carrying on the Southern CA connection, keeping the Partridge name until just a couple of years ago...they were friends until she passed away in April 2021, he was heartbroken & loved her dearly. Bud's Lineman Career started in Compton, CA. He loved the high life, climbing poles, bringing power to the people & showing up in storms as a true first responder. When his family moved to WA he worked for Puget Power past the March 2002 merger with Potelco. This career allowed for life long friendships & weathering the storms, they were like family. He wrapped up his career in Seattle as a Foreman, tearing down the viaduct, undergrounding all of the cable for this massive project, kept the lineman to code, brought 115k volt overhead lines to underground & helped shape the current Seattle skyline. There were not many poles in north western WA that you could drive by that Buddy didn't have a story working on. He always said he was highest paid grunt ever, forever ahead of the game & handing you the tool you needed next. Buddy was survived by his second wife Carrie Mack (Niemi), Chris & Amber's Mother. They met in 1974 & were a Beautiful Family Unit, starting in Southern CA, moving to WA in 1980. They were incredible parents together & remained very good friends after their divorce and all the way up until the day Buddy passed. They were even roommates at one point due to some unique circumstances & always kept such great attitudes with each other, even with their own spouses in the distance. They were a true example of how to be mature adults after a divorce, always for the kids, this was a gift. Buddy was also survived by his wife of 27+ years, Kathryn (Kathy) C. Partridge, she loves him very much. Unfortunately they were separated when he passed but they spent many, many good years together. Bud was never the same after the Brain Trauma & Kathy's Challenges with her Leg Amputation. They laughed, played, traveled & had a pretty cool dachshund named Freddy. They loved their fishing & seafood trips. Kathy has a son Tim, that Buddy was a fantastic Step-Father too. Tim's Family is his Wife Sanita & their Daughter Sarai. Buddy was survived by his Son, Christopher Partridge & his wife Dawn Rochelle (Shelly), their girls, his Granddaughters, whom he was SO PROUD of, Riley & Heather. Buddy & his Son were basically best friends. He taught his son how to Survive, Ride Dirt Bikes, Fish, Hunt, Camp & to thoroughly enjoy the great outdoors. They spent countless incredible memories & Chris cherished his Father. Shelly is Bud's favorite 'Renton Girl' & they had a relationship that was full of trust, laughs, friendship & so much Father/Daughter-In-Law Love. Bud's Granddaughters were the Light of his Life. Riley is in the US Navy & he could not be more Proud of Her. Buddy took Riley on a train across the US from WA State to Washington DC to introduce her to her New Boss before she started boot camp, it was an unforgettable trip. They were super close. Heather & her Papa Buddy were very tight, sharing private jokes, inside secrets & matching Old Souls. She was an instrumental part of his recovery after his Brain Trauma, they got to be roommates & she loves him dearly. His Granddaughters each have owl tattoos in honor of their Papa, as he loved owls and collected them, they are pondering adding a hang loose too, that was their version of waiving while saying "shocka". Apparently he & his Grandpa did this too. Buddy was also survived by his Daughter Amber Louise Soria & Son In-Law Daniel-Son (Bud's name for Danny) Soria, his very dear friend. Amber is an Official Daddy's Girl & Proud Of It! She also feels like she had the best childhood ever due to growing up with this amazing guy, he was over the top incredible at Holidays, Birthdays & Everything he did. He taught her to wake up happy everyday, maintain her dirt bike, change her own oil, survive in the woods, camp, fish, shoot guns, play hard & everything a Daddy should teach his little girl. She was so blessed to have him as a Father. They traveled the planet together, had some of her most incredible memories in life & was able to assist in his Natural Cancer Fighting Journey in his last years here. Thankfully there was a recent 4 Months on Maui that Amber & her Father got to experience together, it was magic. His Son-In-Law Danny got to get in on Maui too & they were really good friends, he was a Father to Danny & they had an incredible relationship. His grand dog Otis was really his best friend (says Otis), classic chocolate lab & grandpa style love, Otis was at his side with every step. He will be missed so much by his Cousins, Aunts, Nephews, Nieces, Brother/Sister In (Out:) Laws, Friends, Family Noted, his Union Brothers & Sisters & everyone who was fortunate enough to cross paths with this incredible human. Buddy was fighting Brain Cancer after having Thyroid Cancer that metastasized into his Brain. Unfortunately this led to multiple failed surgeries, gamma knife radiation procedure with major complications that lead to an emergency craniotomy & Brain Trauma. Buddy kept the Cancer at Bay, Naturally without Surgery or Radiation, for about a year with much Dedication & Belief in his Health. In the end, his last days, he was living in some brand new fresh digs by himself, fell & fractured his hip, went into the Hospital & came out well on his way down the hospice path of Comfort Care until he passed. He was surrounded by his Nephew, Jesse Mack whom he had an incredible relationship with & his Daughter, Son-In Law & Grand Dog at their Home in Bow, WA. Buddy lived every minute as if it was a gift, & to enjoy it ALL. Family, Life, Work, Friends were Bud's #1 & he would do anything for you, he was an absolute gem of a human & everyone who crossed his path remembers him. He would always look you in the eyes, he'd bring the light & the funnest guy to have at your Party. If you met him you would gravitate toward him, his energy was infectious, full of laughter & entertaining. He was Skillful, Engineer Minded, Smart, Incredible at Drafting, had a Killer Imagination & was Full of Dreams & Inventions. He was also a Very Proud American & LOVED His Country. Please help Us Celebrate Buddy's Life @ BUD FEST on July 1-3, 2022 @ Larrabee State Park @ 245 Chuckanut Dr, Bellingham. There will be a Ceremony with Veteran Honors, Free RV/CampSites, Discover Passes on Bud, Music, Events, Games, Incredible Food & So Many Good Memories, Please Join Us! More to come, check out Shelly Partridge's Facebook Page for more information.

Samish Island - Mark was born in the old Burlington hospital on Fairhaven Avenue, the third of four sons born to Edwin E. Blau and Elizabeth (Benson) Blau. He grew up in a great world of hunting, horseback riding, and many other boy activities on Samish Island in the 50's. Mark attended Edison School, and graduated in 1968 from BEHS. He attended Skagit Valley College, studied business. Because of Legg-Perthes disease, he had four hip replacements in his life, along with other neck, back, and shoulder surgeries that were related to Legg-Perthes, working too hard, and motocross injuries. Mark had many friends, and many were from childhood. He is survived by his wife, Wendy, son Thomas (Angie) Blau, step-children Ian (Kaoko) Albright, Louisa (Thurman) Albright, Matthew Albright, Christina (Jim) Kurscher, Elizabeth Albright, and Piper Albright. He leaves brothers Paul Blau and Bruce Blau, eleven grandchildren, former sister-in-law Susie Kuykendal, nephews and nieces, and cousins who made his life memorable. He was predeceased by his parents, his son Robin Blau, brother John Blau and special cousin Jay Ingersol. A memorial is planned for June 27th of 2022, when covid is hopefully gone, on Samish Island. A notice will be posted here in early June. Memorials can be sent to Hospice of the Northwest, or the Skagit Humane Society.