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Erland Philip Elefson passed away on April 12, 2012 following a lengthy illness. He was born May 6, 1929 in Stanley, ND to Evender and Paula Elefson. The family migrated to WA in 1934, settling on a small farm in Happy Valley near Silvana, WA.
Dr. Erland P. Elefson
He attended Silvana School; graduated from Arlington High in 1947; earned BS and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at WA State College of Veterinary Medicine in l952; served in US Air Force l951-54. He partnered with Drs Warsinske and Hansen at NW Veterinary Clinics of Arlington and Stanwood for 30 years; younger brother, Gene, later joined the partnership. He was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran of Arlington, Arlington Lion's Club, WA St Veterinary Assoc, and served on Arlington School Board.
Surviving are Geri, his wife of 61 years; daughter, Kim (Roy) Boyer; sons, Todd (Melody), Eric (Lisa); sisters, Carol Storaasli, Dorothy (Ralph) Gunderson; brother, Eugene (Audrey); grandchildren, Brian (Trisha) Smith, Kirsten Smith, Amy (Brad) Meeuwse, Peter (Josie) Elefson, Anna (Alan) Mullikan, Eli and Aaron Elefson, Brianna and Jill Boyer; great-grandchildren Conner, Chloe, Cameryn Smith, Austin Meeuwse; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial service is April 21, 1 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran, 615 E. Highland Dr, Arlington.
Donations may be made in Erland's memory to Our Saviour's or WA State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, School for Global Animal Health, PO Box 647010, Pullman, WA 99164-7010.
Arrangements under the direction of Gilbertson Funeral Home, Stanwood.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2012