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.


We Say Goodbye…

We were saddened to hear of the loss of another classmate, Judy Corne Bray. Judy attended Bellingham schools throughout her formative years. She was a steadfast member of the Sunnyland+ Lunch Bunch and missed only two of the annual luncheons in over ten years. She will be missed at those gala events. Our condolences go out to her husband, Paul, and her family and friends. Her obituary also appears on our “In Fond Memory” page.

Judy Louise Corne Bray

Judy Louise (Corne) Bray was born March 9, 1947, and passed away December 2, 2017, in Tacoma, Washington.  She grew up in Bellingham, Washington, attended Bellingham schools, and was graduated from Bellingham High School in 1965.   She married Paul Bray and together they raised three children:  Jeff, Kris, and Anjee.  Judy is survived by her husband of 51 years, her three children, eleven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.  She also leaves two sisters, Joyce and Janna.  She will be dearly missed by her family.  Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2018, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Tacoma, Washington.



Reunion Luncheons…

A delightful time was had by the Sunnyland+ Lunch Bunch as we celebrated our 2017 luncheon at Bob’s Burgers & Brew on the Cook Road today; this is our 13th annual get-together.  It seems that as time passes these events become more meaningful as we reconnect to share laughs and old memories from when we were young.  If you have a photo you’d like to share with our classmates, please send it along to us.  We love pictures!





One More Goodbye…

Unfortunately, we add another classmate to the roll of those who have passed away this year as Sharen Farrar Macy died this past July.  Her obituary is below as well as on our “In Fond Memory…” page.  We offer condolences to her family and friends.

Sharen Lee Farrar Macy

Sharen Lee (Farrar) Macy was born April 20, 1947. She passed away July 15, 2017. She is preceded in death by her Mother, Betty Therrien, her Father, William Farrar and her husband Denny Macy. She is survived by her daughter, Babbette; sons Shane Bouffiou and Bryan (Vanessa)Bell, Brent (Shannon) Macy, Greg (Amy) Macy; brother Mike (Dianne) Farrar, grandchildren: Larrissa Barber, Kyle Macy, Brianna and Emma Bell; step parents Henry Therrien and Marilyn Farrar, nephews Jason (Becky) Farrar, Scott (Jamie Woods) Farrar; great nieces Kennedy, Ruby & Jessa Farrar and Summer & Mazee Farrar. Sharen was a talented florist and decorator. She had a great eye for beautiful antiques. She is finally home with the love of her life, Denny. Sharen was one of a kind and she will be dearly missed. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

Once again…

Once again, we regret to advise you of the passing of another classmate, Jane Veratt Bradley.  Her obituary appears below as well as on our “In Fond Memory…” page.  Our condolences go out to Jane’s family and friends.

Jane Ann Veratt Bradley

Jane Ann Bradley (Veratt) passed away unexpectedly on 5/23 in her home in Federal Way. Jane was born 5/19/47 to long time Bellingham residents Chester & Mary Veratt. She grew up in Bellingham and graduated Shuksan High School in 1965. She then moved to Seattle to become a dental assistant; shortly after meeting Rich. They were married in the summer of 69. They built a home in Federal Way and raised their children in it. As the children grew Jane stayed busy making crafts of all kinds and selling them, she was creative and always was finding new and unique outlets to express it. As the kids grew she went to work as a teacher’s assistant, and also worked with children with disabilities, her compassion and love knew no bounds. Now reunited with her father Chester, Jane leaves behind: her husband Rich, daughters Carin & Katie, grandsons Aiden & Elijah, mother Mary, Sister Lisa, and niece Alisha. Life celebration 2 p.m. June 10th at the Dumas Bay Center in Federal Way. Family asks that you wear bright colors in honor of the brightness Jane brought to our lives.

Another Loss…

It is with much sadness that we announce the loss of another classmates, Steve Zatrine.  This is an especially hard time for the Zatrine family as Steve’s wife and the mother of their only son also passed away last November.  No further information is available at this time.

zatrine-001Steven C. Zatrine, Sr.
7/4/1947 – 2/10/2017

Steven Zatrine, Sr., age 69, was born in Bellingham, Washington, and passed away February 10th at Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham, Washington.  Arrangements by Whatcom Cremation & Funeral.


Veterans Page

We have added a page to our website listing those of our classmates who were members of the Armed Forces of the Unites States.  The names were culled from our obituaries so it is a very limited listing.  If you know of someone or are someone who should be on this list, please send us the information via the comment section at the bottom of the page; we will try to update the page in a timely manner.  Include the name, branch of service, and service years.  Go here for the new page (it’s under the CLASS OF ’65 tab)…


Also, if you can help with the questionable branches of service on some of our deceased, that would be appreciated.  In some obituaries, it simply stated that the loved one served in Viet Nam or something similar.


Another BHS Class Website…

In searching for some of our missing classmates, I stumbled upon the website for the BHS Class of ’66 and saw their plans for their 50th reunion this year.  In addition, I recognized so many–way too many–faces on their “In Memorium” page.  Click on the link below (it will open in the same window) to peruse their website.

BHS Class of ’66

I really like their idea of honoring their veterans.  If there is enough interest, we can create a page of our classmates who served (along with a picture of him or her in uniform?) which would include the branch and dates of service.  Let us know!