Archive - Jul 2013
Lillian M. Janson of Deer Park passed peacefully, surrounded by family, at Royal Park Care Center, Spokane, on Thursday, July 18.
She was born on March 31, 1924, at St. Maries, Idaho, to Martin and Ruth Abbott. She moved with her family to the Mt. Spokane area and attended Chattaroy Elementary School and Mead High School. She married Roger Janson on June 7, 1941, and moved into the Morgan Acres area of Spokane, where their three children were born.
In 1953, the family moved to a farm north of Deer Park, where Lillian created a beautiful yard and flower gardens.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s deputies were called to a drive-by shooting on the Newport Highway at 7:30 p.m. on July 21.
An adult female complainant told Deputy Damon Anderberg that she and her boyfriend had been shot at multiple times by three men in a vehicle between 2:30-3 a.m.
She told Anderberg that she and her boyfriend were at a store at the intersection of Day-Mt. Spokane and Newport Highway. She said they saw 19-year-old Jarrod Markosian, 18-year-old Jesse Pollard and another adult male at the store.
Bob R. Swanson, 54, passed away unexpectedly at the Loon Lake home he shared with his daughter and his girlfriend/mother of his children.
Bob was well loved in the community and was an avid fisherman and poker player, loved the outdoors, animals and children. He worked throughout his life as a talented welder/fabricator.
He leaves behind his girlfriend, Vickie Campbell; his parents, Robert and Marlene Swanson; three daughters, Kristen Swanson, Hannah Campbell-Bush and Cheryl Melville-Gilliam; a son, William Melville; nine grandchildren; and his four-legged best friend, Bronson.
Allen Austin Ashworth, 62, passed away, surrounded by his family, after an almost-successful struggle against cancer.
Allen is survived by an amazing family: Cynthia, his beloved wife and best friend for 31 years; two daughters and a son: Rachael Ashworth (Nick) of Spokane, Deborah (Eric) Good of Deer Park, and Benjamin Ashworth (Audrey) of Spokane, as well as five precious grandchildren: Lenore, Leif, Nathan, Isaac and Noah. He is also survived by two brothers and a sister.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
Clay Starbuckâ€™s fate was sealed on June 4. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Gregory Sypolt made it official on Thursday.
Starbuck was convicted last month of premeditated first-degree murder with aggravating circumstances in the killing of his ex-wife, Chanin, in her Deer Park home in December 2011. Under state sentencing guidelines, Starbuck was required to receive a life sentence with no chance of parole for his crime. In addition, he also received a 12-month sentence for his conviction of violating human remains.
Updated July 22:
A Chattaroy couple were killed following a mobile home explosion and fire on Wednesday evening.
Investigators continue to center their investigation on the fire being deliberately set as part of a domestic dispute.
Mike Asselin, 51, who passed away on Friday, and his wife, Sheila, had been separated for the past couple of months. Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that Asselin had disconnected one of the mobile home gas tanks and then set a match to the escaping gas.
A memorial service will be at noon on Saturday, July 20, at the Deer Park Zion Lutheran Church, E218 Crawford, followed by a potluck, for Charles L. Scott, 71.
Mr. Scott was born in Fort Lewis, Wash., to Clyde and Charlotte Scott on June 29, 1941. He passed away on May 5, 2013.
He attended Rogers High School and after graduation joined the Navy. Upon returning from his service in the Navy, He obtained a position with the Western Fruit Express Railroad where he worked for 27 Â˝ years.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s deputies received information that 49-year-old Robert S. McDonnell might be staying at a residence in the 14900 block of East Blanchard Road in Elk and might have an active warrant for his arrest.
After checking McDonnellâ€™s name, it was found there was a confirmed Department of Corrections felony warrant for an escape community custody charge.
When deputies arrived at the location on July 3, they found the door of a travel trailer wide open and a lighter, cigarette rolling papers and tobacco on the ground nearby.
A funeral mass will be 11 a.m. on July 16 at St. Maryâ€™s Presentation Catholic Church, E602 Sixth St., Deer Park, for local resident Robert L. Creech, 75, who passed away on May 7, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The mass will be followed by burial at Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Deer Park and a memorial ceremony and luncheon at the Deer Park Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 3067 post home, E29 First St.
Born on Jan. 25, 1938, in Tulsa, Okla., Mr. Creech served in the Navy for two years and was a retired carpenter with the Clark County Housing Authority in Las Vegas and was a licensed cosmetologist.
The annual â€śAs American As Apple Pieâ€ť concert will be held at 7 p.m. on July 4 in the parking lot of the Deer Park First Baptist Church, E1205 Crawford Ave.
The concert will feature performances from the Deer Park Orchestra and Chorus along with guest soloists James Hicks from Spokane and Eric Walsh of Spokane Valley.
The audience, who will be treated to free apple pie and ice cream before the concert, should bring their own lawn chairs and bottled water.