Northwest NEWS

September 2, 2002

Local News

Obituary: Kevin Vaughn Axlen

Kevin Vaughn Axlen, 21, entered heaven on Aug. 2. A 1999 graduate of Woodinville High School, he had recently completed training as a phlebotomist through Lake Washington Technical College. A newly launched career search in the medical field was fueled by his desire to become a registered nurse.
   Kevin was loved by many including his parents, Denise Markel and Wes Axlen, both lovingly supported by their spouses, Steve Markel and Linda Axlen; Kevin's siblings, Jeff Markel, Brandon, Jennifer and Janae Axlen; grandparents, Jim and Joyce Vaughn, Sharon Cameron; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
   The large family camp-outs at Oso and Cle Elum are treasured memories. Always loving and affectionate, Kevin expressed his feelings openly and freely. His hugs hello and kisses good-bye were always followed with "I love yous." Quiet cuddles with Jaydan and time shared with family were precious and valued above all else.
   Kevin was blessed by the special friendships of Chaundra Foster and Tasha Flowers.
   Memorial Services were held Aug. 10 at the Bastyr University Chapel.
   The impact and importance of his short life was evident by the attendance of over 225 people. If family and friends were a measurement of one's wealth, he was a very rich young man.
   In accordance with Kevin's wishes, an open invitation is extended for friends to join his family in Oso, just east of Arlington, Wash. A private campground with overnight accomodations has been reserved for the weekend of Sept. 6, 7 and 8. Help celebrate his short life and legacy of love with music, laughter and Mexican food. A toast, candlelight tribute and celebration of Kevin's life will begin at dusk, Saturday, Sept 7. Contact the family at smarkel@earthlink.net for additional information and driving directions.
   Donations may be made in Kevin's name to Treehouse, Attn: Development, 655 S. Orcas St., Suite 220, Seattle, WA 98108. This non-profit organization assists children in foster care by providing them financial means for extra curricular activities and educational support. For information, call (206) 767-7000.