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Pierce, Martin Hans (Rasmussen)  
Martin Hans (Rasmussen) Pierce passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Martin graduated from Mariner High School in Everett in 1992 then attended and graduated from Universal Technical Institute in Arizona where he received an advanced electronics degree. He was hired by Boeing where he worked for over five years in the safety testing area. He then was employed for the next thirteen years as a Senior Electronics Technician at Quil Ceda Creek Casino. Martin lived his life to love people and the games they play, darts, pool, poker or trivia in leagues or in tournaments, World of War and computer games. Role playing games were a major reality in his life, with an ongoing Saturday night game. He also loved racing mini cars or trucks and was up for a competition of any form at any time, game on whether or not he expected to win. His Buffalo Bills were always contenders no matter what the score. Martin lived to take things that were broken and fix them, no matter if it was electronic, human or wildlife. He also loved to restore classic cars. Drake his Labrador Retriever was the joy of his life the last couple of years. He was also extremely talented at balancing musical systems and stereos. Anyone who knew him knew that he was always available to help and that they were always welcome at his door. If he was able, anything he had was yours if he felt you could use it. The last dollar in his pocket or the beer in his refrigerator. His smile will be missed by so many. Martin is preceded in death by his beloved grandparents, Gene and Ella Mae Rasmussen; aunt and uncle, Judy and John Johnson; and his very precious sister-in-law, Linda Pierce. He is survived by his mother, Susan Sorg; big brother, Andrew Pierce; and little sister, Charity Turner Sorg; uncle, Jack Rasmussen; cousins, Ron, Stan and David Johnson and Jeremy Rasmussen; the cousins families; and Tim Sorg. There was a group around Martin that while not blood were family the "original four". In addition to the other one hundred and twelve not named here individually for fear of missing someone and Martin would not approve of anyone being left out. You all know who you are, and that Martin made sure you knew how important you were to him!* Graveside Service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 29, at Claquato Cemetery in Chehalis, Wash. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 30, at the Chehalis United Methodist Church with a reception to follow at the church. Arrangements are under the care of Brown Mortuary in Chehalis.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on May 24, 2015
Pressey, John Wayne  
John Wayne Pressey age 67, passed away at home while courageously fighting a devastating battle with esophageal cancer. He worked at Boeing as a decorative painter and was known for his hard work and his ability to keep up and even out do those that were younger than him. In his spare time he was an avid collector of rare coins, baseball cards, and sports memorabilia. He was an amazing man, father, husband, grandfather, son, brother and friend. His strength, integrity, and commitment to his family will be missed. He was married to the love of his life for 37 years and their love was endless and without limits. Together they had seven children: April Lea Gonzalez, Dino Riddle, Sabrina Pressey, Cindy Pressey Caudill, (Darren Caudill Sr.), John Pressey Jr., Christopher Stark, and Shawn Pressey (Cindy Pressey). They also were blessed with nineteen grandchildren: Ben, Mario, Jesse, Andrew, Gabe, Eli, Pebbles, Boy Boy, Darren Jr., Demmi, Dylan, Kayla, Charmaine, Christopher, Alicia, Breana, Keara, Mia, and Shawn Jr. John left his mark in this world in so many ways that his presence will be missed everyday forever. He was and is the best example of what a man should be. He had faith, courage, strength and integrity and worked hard to provide for his family his whole life. He was a gift and we are so grateful for our short time with him. Services are to be held at Evergreen Funeral Home. Visitation on Thursday May 28, 2015 from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. Funeral Service at Evergreen Funeral Home June 1, 2015 at 10 a.m.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from May 22 to May 24, 2015
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