Edward Harry Landon|
Edward Harry Landon's daughter, Marlys, was with him at her home when he passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 15. He was 98.
Ed was born in Chicago on November 25, 1914, to William Jay Landon and Mabel Henrietta (Kleeb) Landon. After graduating from Moclips High School in 1933, Ed began working in the mill. Sometime later, Ed was recruited for a job with Acme Door Company in Hoquiam, he didn't build doors, he was hired to pitch for their baseball team. This talent would serve him well in the minor leagues as well as a high school baseball coach. As one of his catchers remembers, "He threw a mean knuckle ball - I couldn't catch it and nobody could hit it!"
Ed met the love of his life, Virginia June Morgan, in Hoquiam, WA. They married in Aberdeen on December 24, 1941.
Ed wanted to join the Army during WW2 but because he was blind in one eye, he was classified 4F. After reading about the Death Marches, he requested a hearing with a judge. Ed's passionate argument bore fruit: he was accepted into the Army.
Ed was honorably discharged from the Army on November 1, 1945. Prior to the war Ed had earned teaching credentials at Western Washington College and taught 5th grade. After the war Ed attended the University of Washington, earning a B.A. degree in December of 1946. Furthering his education, he graduated from the University of Washington with a M.Ed. on June 11, 1949, and was ABD for a PhD.
Ed began teaching at Cleveland High School in Seattle in 1948, he taught history and coached football, basketball and baseball. His students now refer to him as "Mr. Cleveland" for his love for and dedication to his students as individuals, his teaching and coaching. Many of his students remained in contact with him until his death, 5 visiting him recently.
A few years before his retirement Ed took on a project that he spoke of later with a sense of humility and gratitude. Ed, who at the time was Cleveland's History Department Head, was enlisted to write the first Seattle Public School's curriculum on African American History. Ed remembers welcoming members of Seattle's Black Panthers sitting in on his daily lectures, after which he welcomed feedback from them.
In 2006, Ed was humbly honored when students held a birthday party for his 92nd, in which there were over 200 former students in attendance. Also, spearheaded by former student Mary Ann (Bosnich) McCord, a scholarship fund was created in his name, which is managed by the Cleveland HS Alumni Association. Shortly before Ed passed away, he was notified that a plaque commemorating his contribution to the lives of his students at Cleveland is to be placed outside the library at CHS and that the library will be named after him. This great honor, which was spearheaded by former students Mary Ann (Bosnich) McCord and Jim Yurina, brought him to tears. The most common phrase used recently by students to describe Ed in the hundreds of letters and cards he received from them is, "You made a difference for me throughout my life."
Ed was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two sisters and a brother, his son, Ric, and his granddaughter, Tami. Ed is survived by his sister, Dorothy, Richmond, VA; daughters; Judie (Mike) Hensel, Surprise, AZ; Marlys (Russ) Alger, Madras, OR; and Barbara (Ray) Doern, Redmond, OR; twelve grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ed's family will host a Celebration of his life on March 30th, at 2:00 pm, at the Pacific Beach Resort and Recreation Facility, Pacific Beach, WA.
Remembrance gifts can be sent to the Ed Landon Scholarship Fund, Cleveland High School Alumni Association, PO Box 94004, Seattle, WA 98124-9404.
Sign Ed's on-line Guest Book
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27, 2013