Northwest NEWS

October 7, 2002

Local News


Linda Pymrel Sexton
   Linda was born in Spokane and resided in Woodinville. She is survived by her brothers, Jack Silzel of Spokane and Wayne Silzel of Villa Park, Calif.; sons, Stephen Sexton of Everett and Mike Sexton of Weston, Fla.; daughters, Annemarie Seablom of Bonney Lake and Sherry Brechtel of Florissant, Colo.; and six grandchildren. She was precious to all of us and will be deeply missed. A memorial service will be held Wed. Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Community Church, 15118 Gary St., Sumner. Contributions may be made to the International Rett Syndrome Association in Clinton, Md., at (301) 856-3334.
   E. Allen McClure
   Allen, known to many as Mac, passed away while sleeping Sunday Sept. 22, just weeks before his 88th birthday. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 5,1914, Mac spent many years in California. As a teenager during the Depression he spent several summers working in Avalon, Calif., on the rowboat dock, and in the oil industry as a roustabout. He graduated from Fullerton Union High School and then Fullerton Junior College where he played water polo on the state Cchampionship team.
   In August of 1936 he married Gertrude Menges and began working for Baker Oil Tools. Mr. Baker thought so much of Mac that he offered to send him back to school where he received degrees in petroleum engineering and geology from the University of California at Berkeley as well as another water polo title. His fist two children, Gladys M. Potter and Mark A. McClure, were born during these years.
   His career in the oil industry took him, and his young family, to Bakersfield, Coalinga and Taft, Calif., then to Harvey, La. 1941 brought a move to west Texas with DeKalb Agricultural's Oil & Gas division, where Mac managed exploration and drilling for many years. While in Lubbock Texas, he and Gertrude had another child, Janet M. Beaudry.
   In 1952, they moved to Fort Worth, Texas, because Mac was hired as exploration and production superintendent for an independent oil man named W. Ridley Wheeler.
   As the family grew by one more child, Jeffrey W. McClure, Mac helped grow Wheeler Oil into a strong, successful business, finally retiring in 2000.
   He was a founding member of the Fort Worth Petroleum Club, a member of University Christian Church and of Theta Tau Professional Fraternity.
   Though Mac moved from California in 1940, his love for the ocean, and boating, drew him back regularly with monthly summer rentals in Newport Beach.
   In 1957, he and his family purchased a waterfront home in Long Beach, Calif., and a tradition of boating summers followed.
   The minute schools let out in May or June, the family would drive to California, returning only the night before school began again in September.
   Over the following 40 years the family boated all over California from Avalon to San Diego, Newport and Long Beach, Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands. Besides his own boating, Mac fell in love with cruising, and he and Gertrude spent more than 15 years covering the globe as passengers with Royal Viking Cruise Lines.
   Mac and Gertrude bought a condominium in Woodinville years ago so they could trade the summer heat of Texas for the cooler Washington climate and to spend time with their three grandchildren: Colin, Kent and Parker McClure, of Woodinville.
   They have also stayed at Brittany Park during the past two years.
   Mac was preceded in death by his daughter, Gladys McClure Potter, but is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gertrude, three children: Mark A. McClure and wife Ann of Chino Hills, Calif., Janet M. Beaudry and husband Ward of Dallas, Texas, Jeffrey W. McClure and wife Barbara of Woodinville; eight grandchildren; eight great-grand children and many who called him friend.
   Also left behind are a myriad of stories and memories of rich experiences and a wonderful, generous man.
   Mac wished to be cremated; and, in lieu of a service, his family will place his ashes in the Pacific Ocean.