April 13, 1998

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Community to honor Larry Lydon

'Many Occasion' party set

   A "Many Occasion" party for Larry Lydon of Duvall will be held on April 19, 1-4 p.m. at the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation. All who knew him, know him or have heard of him are invited to attend. Be prepared to share your favorite stories--especially the athletes, said Lydon's wife Bette. "If he gave you a hard time in school, now is your chance to get back at him."
   Larry started school in 1924 as a first grader in Carnation. He graduated from Queen Anne High School in Seattle in 1936 and then attended the University of Portland until Uncle Sam called him for the Navy Officers Training Program. He was having breakfast aboard the USS San Francisco at Pearl Harbor when the war began. Later he saw action at Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After the war, he returned to the University of Portland and received his BA degree with honors.
   He began a 30-year teaching and coaching career, returning to Tolt High School in 1964 to teach and coach all sports. The last 12 years at Tolt he started a program that developed into Diversified Occupations. He also taught Driver's Education. His titles included Counselor, Vice Principal and Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of District 407.
   He retired to his U-Pick Blueberry Farm in 1977, but continued community involvement by working with the Eastman Rush Foundation. He was also elected to two six-year terms as a fire commissioner for Fire District 45 and has been service officer for American Legion Post 199.
   He married his wife Bette on Thanksgiving Day in 1942. They have three children: Michael, Patric and Karen and spouses, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. For information about the event, please call 425-788-1395.