Dylan Garrett Backman

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

obit - backmanDylan Garrett Backman:  On to a beautiful place

His love and respect and honor towards his family was relentless. He is survived by his adoring mother Jyl Backman, his proud father Eric Backman, his adoring youngest brother Dakota Backman who always looked up to him, and by his devoted “Papa” Victor Ferguson.  

Dylan’s “Angel” brother Dallas ... took Dylan’s hand and led him to heaven peacefully on February 8th, 2017 in El Segundo, California.  He is also with his “Angel” grandma Gail Ferguson.

Dylan was born November 2, 1991. He grew up in Woodinville, Wash. He attended Evergreen Academy, Cedar Park Christian School, and graduated from Chrysalis School.

Being the intelligent young man he was Dylan was very proud of earning the President’s Award for Academic Achievement from Cedar Park Christian School.  This is a very prestigious honor.

He competed nationally in gymnastics for many years with his brothers Dallas and Dakota a sport he loved.  His most treasured friends and memories come from gymnastics and his coach who fostered that bond amongst the boys that still carries on.

Dylan experienced living in several exciting places in his young life including Mammoth, California where he worked on the mountain and enjoyed the outdoors.

When Dylan moved to Utah with Dallas he was lucky enough to become a lift operator at Solitude Mountain Resort. They got to enjoy what they loved every day racing each other down the mountain together and enjoying the beauty of the mountain and snow.

His latest home was El Segundo, California where he worked and was thrilled to live “the beach life” since he loved the sun, sand and the variety of people there. I have received so many amazing accolades from his peers who shared the last six months with him and learned so much from his encouragement and strength.

One of his fondest and cherished memories was the trip Dylan and Dallas took together camping, fishing and enjoying the great outdoors.

Dylan was wise. He kept it “real” by helping others in his new life. It makes me so proud he made an impact on so many people’s lives in a short period of time in Utah and California.

Everyone loved his charismatic attitude, his wit and his humor. Dylan was just Dylan: always clowning around and making everyone laugh. He lived his life for his family and he was a genuine friend to all those who knew him.

A Celebration of Dylan’s life with his friends and family will be on Thursday, March 16, 2016 at 6PM at Overlake Christian Church, Redmond, Washington. 

There is s Facebook page with more information:  Dylan-Backman-Remembered.

Elinor Mae Rowan

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Elinor-Rowan-portraitElinor Mae Rowan passed away on February 24, 2017 in her home. Elinor was born 93 years ago on June 29, 1923 in Humboldt, Kansas, the youngest of three children of Walta Earle and John Francis (Frank) Stevens.

Elinor Stevens “Stevie” graduated from the College of Emporia in 1945 with a BA in Education and taught music to junior high and high school students in Bern, Kansas, then became the Supervisor of Elementary School Music in Concordia, Kansas, in 1946.

She met her husband, Lester (Les) Matthew Rowan, when he was on leave from the Air Force. After three years of getting “acquainted through letter writing,” they married in the fall of 1947 in Humbolt, and settled in Woodinville, Wash., Les’s home town, where they built a home in the fir forest of Hollywood Hills. She taught music at Woodinville Elementary in 1957-58 and substituted in 1970 for Northshore School District.

While raising her family, Elinor continued to teach voice, violin and piano private lessons and directed choirs for Woodinville Methodist Church, Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church, Avondale Bible Church, and Bear Creek Community Church. She was often asked to perform solos at life events, known for her clear soprano voice. She refused payment in lieu of a single china tea cup — and the collection grew.

Elinor volunteered regularly at the Union Gospel Mission, and gleaned fruit from eastern Washington orchards to deliver to the local food bank every summer for many years until a ladder injury slowed her down. This same injury made it too painful to play her beloved violin, so she taught herself the mandolin. In her late eighties, she baked cookies for the Awana after-school program once a week.

Elinor was an avid reader, gardener, calligrapher, animal lover, fisherman, volunteer, and musician. She was an expert crochet artist, and also knit and sewed many memorable gifts. She was a long-term member of the Seattle Music Study Club among other church and social groups. Her friendly, warm companionship will be missed by her many friends and family. Her last residence was Riverside East Retirement Community where she formed many friendships and participated in music, art, and played a mean game of Scrabble. Just outside her window there was always a hummingbird visiting, and while inside, an open Bible on her desk.

She is survived by her children Carol Hoffman of Bothell, Barbara Rowan of Seattle, Donna Szekely of Arlington, and Robin Quiroga of Woodinville; three grandchildren, Carry Schmitt of Enumclaw, David M. Grout of Maple Falls, and TJ Berger of Everett; and three great-grandchildren, Trevor and Olivia Schmitt, and Hazel Grout; sisters-in-law Mary Stevens and Louise Rowan, and nieces and nephews Rebecca Mellentin, Phyllis Lehr, Darrel Stevens, Sarah Stevens, Tom Rowan, and Mike Rowan.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Ronald and Delmar Stevens, and sister-in-law Elizabeth Stevens, nephew John David Stevens, and loved cat Sasha. Her husband of 54 years, Les, died in 2001.

A Ceremony of Life will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Bear Creek Community Church, 18931 NE 143rd Street (off Avondale Road), Woodinville, WA 98072. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: 
Bear Creek Community Church, Union Gospel Mission, Kirkland/Northshore Food Bank and Emergency (HopeLink).

Michael Andrew Clauson

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Obit-ClausonMichael Andrew Clauson, 61, of Kirkland, Washington passed away on February 23, 2017 at his home.

Michael was a devoted father who enjoyed spending his summers camping with his family at Fort Stevens State Park. When his children were younger, they all spent baseball season at the complex in Woodinville and Michael volunteered his time as a little league umpire, and only made a few “questionable calls” according to his children. He was also a problem solver, a human version of Google, and his quick wit went unmatched. Michael had an open door policy resulting in many neighborhood kids and his children’s friends looking at him as a father figure and he treated them as his own.

Michael was a loving father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all. He is predeceased by his parents, Marvin and Annelies Clauson. Michael is survived by his five children, Michael and his wife Kelly, Mark and his wife Ashley, Miranda and her husband Wade, Matthew, Morgan, three grandchildren, Kennedy, Madison, and Hailey, two brothers, Marc and his wife Fiona, Marvin and his partner Sandie, and his partner Janet.

A celebration of life will be held at Lake Forest Park Civic Club, 17301 Beach Drive, Lake Forest Park, Washington 98155 on March 25th, 2017 at 1 pm. The family will be present from 1pm-5pm with speeches and open mic taking place at 2pm. The family is collecting donations at Michael Clauson’s Memorial Fund at for a donation to Oregon State Parks in his name and a bench to be placed in his honor at Fort Stevens State Park, where the family plans to uphold Michael’s camping tradition.

Jeffrey Marantz

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Obit MarantzJeffrey Marantz passed away on February 21, 2017, in Bellingham, WA. He was born to Brian and Shelley Marantz on July 19, 1996, in Kirkland, and lived in Woodinville.

Jeffrey was a junior at Western Washington University, studying computer science. He graduated from Woodinville High School in 2014, where he was the drum major for the marching band. Jeffrey played baseball in the Woodinville Little League and Woodinville Baseball Club, and also played soccer in the NYSA. Jeffrey loved playing video games on his Xbox One and his PC, hanging out with his friends, and spending time with his two pet beagles, Porter and Tove. As well as being survived by his parents, Brian and Shelley, he is also survived by his brother Steven, and his grandfather George Marantz of Palm Springs, CA.
 Funeral services for Jeffrey were held on February 26, and he is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Snohomish.  Jeffrey left us too early, but touched many, as seen from the overflowing outpouring of support since his passing.  He will be greatly missed.

Dorothy Rhodes Forsyth

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Dorothy Rhodes Forsyth
March 13, 1919 - January 19, 2017

Born in Milton, MA, Dorothy passed peacefully in the Vacaville, CA home of her daughter, Sandy and son-in-law Bob Dale.  Prior to living in Vacaville, Dorothy spent several months a year staying with her daughter and Woodinville resident, Jean Fowler. She attended many Woodinville Garden Club events and generally enjoyed her time with her Washington family.
Dorothy is remembered for her volunteer work especially with the Girl Scouts of Northern California. She loved music and played both the piano and accordion. She was also a great puzzle worker and enjoyed solving a challenging crossword or jigsaw puzzle.
She is survived by 3 of her loving children, Jean Fowler, Douglas Forsyth and Sandra Dale, 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Her kind and generous spirit will be missed by all who knew her.
A graveside memorial will be held at 2 p.m., March 5, 2017, Oak Hills Funeral Home & Memorial Park in San Jose.  408-297-2447