In Fond Memory…

For a complete listing of all classmates who have passed away, click on the link below to open an alphabetized obituary list.  Click on a name to go to that person’s specific obituary.

BHS Obituary List

Recent Obituaries

Janice Lorraine Dahl

Janice L. Dahl of Renton, WA, passed away Thursday, February 21, 2019. She was 71, born on November 16, 1947 in Bellingham, WA to Karl and Dorothy Dahl. Janice was preceded in death by her father Karl and is survived by her mother Dorothy; her brothers Ed (Barbara) Dahl and Jon (Ellen) Dahl; her sister Ann Dahl; and numerous nieces, nephews; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and cousins. Janice graduated from Bellingham High School in 1965 and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University. She worked for King County since graduation, working twenty five years as a Regional Recreation Program Administrator and then as a Ride Share Service Representative in accounting when she retired last July 31st. In her younger years her hobbies were slow pitch softball, badminton, and bowling; winning many trophies in slow pitch. Janice was also very involved with Special Olympics. She enjoyed traveling around the United States to visit family and even took a trip to Norway and Sweden. Her family and friends will always remember her as a kindhearted person, always doing random acts of kindness, paying for someone groceries or a meal was the norm for her. To her it wasn’t just big things that made a difference but also the little things. Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church. A celebration of life is scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 4th at Faith Lutheran Church in Bellingham. You may share your memories at


Donald Thomas Alderson

See this article in the Bellingham Herald for remembrances of Don:



Friends Remember Don

Glen Arthur McMurry


Glen Arthur McMurry, 70, of Sedro-Woolley passed away Monday, November 5, 2018. Glen was born December 24, 1947 to Neil and Hannah McMurry in Bellingham, WA. He graduated from Bellingham High School and obtained a degree from Skagit Valley College in Forestry. He resided in Skagit Valley for many years where he built himself a “man cave” shop, with a residence attached. He retired from the Department Of Transportation where he worked on our major highways as an engineer. Glen was passionate about woodworking, photography, and hiking. He built wood rocking motorcycles, kaleidoscopes and hope chests for a few of his family members. He inherited his Dad’s green thumb and produced an impressive garden every year. Glen also put a lot of work into making a calendar every year that featured his photographs of beautiful scenery. He passed these out to family and friends. He took 1st prize in the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival photo contest in 2015. After he retired he started “Shutter Finger Photographs,” and started selling his photos. Many photos he printed on canvas and stretched himself, others he place in hand built frames. Glen is survived by five siblings, Marjorie Giger, of Bellingham, Frank (Julie) McMurry, of Bellingham, Robert McMurry, of Seattle, Irene (Roger) Hall, of Friday Harbor, Alan (Laurie) McMurry, of Kirkland. He was preceded in death by his parents, Neil and Hannah McMurry; brother-in-law, Wesley Giger. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley, with a reception immediately following at Rustic Roots, 133 State St. Suite B, Sedro-Woolley. Share your memories of Glen and sign the online guestbook at


Michael Dean Anable

Michael Dean Anable passed away peacefully on April 28, 2018, at the age of 71, from the effects of Parkinson’s Disease. Mike graduated from Bellingham High School in 1965 and was in the United States Airforce from 1965 to 1969. Mike also served in the Air National Guard of Washington and the Reserve of the US Airforce from 1969 to 1978. He worked for many years, as a machine operator, at Georgia Pacific in Bellingham, WA. Mike was a very intelligent and caring person, who you would have definitely wanted to be on your team for a game of trivial pursuit. He was also an avid Seahawks and Mariners fan. Over the years, Mike often traveled with his brother, Jim, to Maui where they made many lasting friendships. Mike’s passing comes one year after his brother Jim passed away. Mike is also preceded in death by his mother Harriet Anable. Mike is survived by his brothers Dan Anable and wife Kay, and Greg Anable and wife Kathy, along with his nieces Tracy Anable and Jennifer Anable, and grandniece Emily Morgan. A casual afternoon memorial service will be held to honor Mike on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 2:00pm, at Moles Farewell Tributes Greenacres, 5700 Northwest Drive, Ferndale, WA. To share your memories of Mike, please visit

John H. Hocking

John H. Hocking, 71, a longtime Mount Vernon resident, passed away at his home on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 after a battle with cancer.  John was born in Bremerton, WA on January 3, 1947, the son of Norman and Dorothy (Hogan) Hocking. The family later moved to Bellingham, where John was raised. He attended Shuksan Jr. High School and graduated with the class of 1965 from Bellingham High School.

Always a hard worker who wanted to make his own way, John was on a boat graduation night headed to Alaska to begin commercial fishing. During the fishing off season, he worked for Bellingham Cold Storage.  A few years later, he moved to Mount Vernon where he worked for Skagit Valley Trucking. Soon after he began his career in real estate, first with Countryside Realty, then later earning his Broker’s license and opening his own agency, J&J Properties. John found his passion in real estate development. He was proud of his accomplishments and grateful for the life he was able to lead.

John was forever teaching his children and grandchildren the value of a dollar. He loved animals, especially his beloved dogs, Otis & Rose. His favorite pastimes were walks at Washington Park in Anacortes, and driving up into the mountains to enjoy the snow.  John will be remembered by his friends and family for his love of making a deal and living life on his own terms.  John is survived by his daughters, Rita Hocking-Kombol (Aaron) of Saudi Arabia and Bellingham and Cheri Wisdom (Brett) of Kirkland; four grandchildren, Lauren & Morgan Kombol, Mitchell & Sam Wisdom and several extended family members.

At John’s request there will be no services. Private inurnment will be at Greenacres Cemetery in Ferndale. Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, 18841 Kelleher Road, Burlington, WA 98233 in honor of John.  Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.