Claire "Mimi" McLaughlin

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

Claire "Mimi" McLaughlin

April 4, 1939-

February 4, 2020

Claire "Mimi" McLaughlin, a long-time resident of Woodinville, passed away unexpectedly on February 4, 2020, at age 80, from Aortic Dissection.

Mimi was preceded in death by her husband Denny. She is survived by her sister Joan, 4 children: Steven, Lynn, Shawn and Neil McLaughlin and 10 grandchildren. Mimi was born to Dr. and Mrs. JP Caldwell on April 24, 1939, and raised in Cheney, Wash., and graduated class Valedictorian. She graduated from Whitman College in 1961 with a BA in PE, minor in philosophy and K-12 teaching certificate; completing her 5th-year education certificate from Seattle Pacific University in 1984.

Mimi married Denny and they moved to Cottage Lake in November 1961 and she taught PE at Whitman Jr High. Her children were born in 1961, '64, '67 and 1970.

She taught in Northshore schools from 1981-1992. She was employed at Northshore Senior Center as a Social Services/volunteer coordinator and Facilities Manager 1988-2006. She continued her gig at the senior center as a very active and involved volunteer, and as gardener and greeter at the Northshore Health and Wellness Center until her death.

She was extremely active in the community, especially in schools. She served as PTA president at Cottage Lake and Bothell High, on the Northshore Recreation Council 1968-1987, in leadership roles at Camp Casey, Camp Fire and Red Cross swim, as well as a life saving/lifeguard, First Aid and CPR instructor. She chaperoned for Northshore Ski School for 16 yrs. She received many awards for her years of community and school service and was inducted into the Northshore Wall of Honor 2019.

Mimi had many interests, especially sports, gardening, the arts and reading. She was an avid sports fan and regularly attended high school football, basketball, gymnastics, music performances and state solo and ensemble events and enjoyed attending her grandkids' events. She skied until 2017.

Mimi was a force to be reckoned with. She had seemingly endless energy and was creative and resourceful, generous and well-intended. She was ALWAYS willing to help. She was spirited, thoughtful and very "motherly". She was deeply loved and will be missed by so very many.  Services will be held at Northshore Senior Center at 1 p.m. on Feb 22. 

Keith Harold Mantzer

Keith Harold Mantzer

May 14, 1942

December 31, 2019

Keith Harold Mentzer, age 77, passed away peacefully at home after his long battle with cancer on December 31, 2019. His wife of 57 years, Jane, was by his side.

Keith was born on May 14, 1942, in Aberdeen, Wash., and attended Hoquiam High School. After graduation, he joined the Navy and became a corpsman and was honorably discharged, as he liked to say, after 7 years, 11 months, and 27 days of service.

The love he had for his family was never in doubt. He was married to his high school sweetheart Jane Speegle in 1962 and raised two talented daughters, Pamela Duarte, and Angela Heise. 

He cherished and was so proud of his four grandchildren Nathaniel, Samuel, Jade, and Jonathan more than anyone could believe. His sense of humor and dad jokes never failed.

They often generated eye rolls and “oh geez” responses from his audience but it is who he was. He had an infectious smile and he was an outgoing man who befriended anyone with whom he crossed paths.

Due to health complications from Multiple Sclerosis, he was forced to retire from Coastal Medical Systems, a business he co-owned and operated. He eventually got the hang of retirement and spent a lot of time traveling in his motor home, playing golf, Bridge with his friends and volunteering at a local hospital.

He will be in our hearts forever, and all will fondly share our treasured memories of him.

Keith will be laid to rest at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash., with a celebration of life scheduled on May 16.

James Alan DeWater 

James Alan DeWater 

February 2, 1950

December 15, 2019

On December 15, 2019, James Alan DeWater (Jim), a loving husband and father of six, passed peacefully from this world to the next, surrounded by family and his all-time favorite music.

Jim was born on February 27, 1950, in Seattle, Wash., to Walt and June Dewater. In 1978 he married Shirley Toms of Bellevue, Wash., formerly of Toronto, Canada. Together they raised five children and many, many cats. 

Jim was an avid reader, lover of big words, and was known for his emphatic storytelling. He also had a passion for music, replaying the same worn-out cassette tapes in his car on every road trip over and over, until all of his children gave in and also became fans of Lyle Lovett, The Eagles, and Pink Floyd. 

A musician himself, Jim enjoyed “nibbling around the edges” on his harmonica, and even performed live on stage with his son-in-law in both Seattle and Austin, Texas. 

Jim remained in the Seattle area all his life and was a prominent resident of Woodinville, Wash. There, he ran a local small business called Copier Support Northwest. 

He also coached girls’ fastpitch softball for Woodinville West Little League for several years. A passionate coach, he could, and would, describe in detail every play of every game of his entire tenure with the league.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother and father, Walt and June. He is survived by his beautiful wife Shirley, his six children, Andy, Sarah, Emily, Nathan, Rebecca, and Chelsea, his two sisters, Judy and Kathy, brother Steven, and many nieces and nephews. 

A small celebration of life ceremony for Jim will take place at the end of February at the Woodinville Cemetery, where Jim would pick apples from the giant apple tree and make his “Applesauce with Soul.” 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s name to Homeward Pets of Woodinville,

Rest in Peace, Coach. We love you, and we’ll take it from here.

John William (Bill) McDonald

John William (Bill) McDonald

April 24, 1947

Jan. 5, 2020

John William (Bill) McDonald passed suddenly on Jan. 5, 2020. He was born to John and Aileen McDonald on April 24, 1947, in Tacoma, Wash.

Bill graduated from Lincoln High School in 1965 and received a degree in Economics from Washington State University in 1969. He was then commissioned in the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant and retired as a 1st Lieutenant in 1972.

Bill was employed by Boeing, and during that time he studied at Seattle University for his MBA.  After eight years with Boeing, he became employed by Sundstrand, which became Allied Signal and finally Honeywell. His positions with Honeywell were Director of Finance, Director of Quality Assurance and Radar Product Line Manager. He retired in 2006.

Bill married Leslie P. (Penny) Nelson in 1968.  Their son Jeffrey Scott was born in 1970 followed by their second son, Eric William in 1971. In 1983 they adopted their daughter, Lori Jo McDonald.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents John and Aileen McDonald and his sister, Judy Fritz. He is survived by his wife, Leslie Penny McDonald, his sons, Scott McDonald (Kaylee) and Eric MacDonald (Amy), his daughter, Lori Jo McDonald, his four grandchildren, Jaide and Taylor McDonald and Zoe and Zachary MacDonald, his sisters, Jan Bauer, Kathy Weeks (Bob) and Carol Wrenn (Bill), his sisters-in-law, Shannon McClanahan, Laurel Corral (Ernie) and Eileen Lillie (Steve), cousins and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was very attached to his Scottish ancestry and was happy to visit Scotland in August 2019.  In his early family years, much time was spent boating in the San Juan Islands and skiing at White Pass with family and friends.  He also enjoyed both salmon fishing and fly-fishing. 

In 2005 Bill and Penny bought their Whidbey Island cottage and enjoyed crabbing and fishing with family and friends.  Bill purchased a Model A and joined the Model A Club on the island. The car was driven in many parades on the island.

A memorial service and picnic luncheon will be held at Edmonds Yacht Club on Jan. 26, at 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Everett Recovery Café, P.O. Box 2373, Everett, WA 98213.

Edward William Todd


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Edward William Todd

November 7, 1948-

December 29, 2019

Edward William Todd, 71, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2019, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

Ed was born in the Philippines to Ed and Doris Todd and grew up in Hawai’i on the island of Maui.

After high school, Ed moved to Seattle for college and lived in the Pacific Northwest for the rest of his life, but he never lost his love for Hawai’i or stopped calling Maui home.

He met the love of his life, Jan and in 1983 they married. Ed and Jan raised two children together, Erin and Kelsey.

Ed was a man of faith with a lifelong passion for serving in his church as an elder at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church and dedicated his life to supporting diverse and underprivileged communities.

In his career with Safeco, he served as a Diversity Marketing Specialist, where he identified and supported non-profit organizations serving their local communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Ed played a positive role in his community and served as President of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the School District Education Foundation, and was selected as Community Leader of the year, all in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

After moving to Seattle, Ed spent many years counseling and mentoring minority small business owners. He was a resident of Woodinville from 2002-2018.

Ed is survived by his wife Jan, daughter Kelsey (Reed) of Seattle, his daughter Erin (Christopher) and sister Barbara (James) of New Zealand, and his stepmother Mabel of Hawai’i.

Memorial donations in memory of Ed can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (