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James Lavern "Vern" Foster, Jr., 52, of Lake Stevens went peacefully to be with his Lord on July 5, 2013 after a brief fight with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends at home and had a smile on his face.
James Lavern Foster Jr. "Vern"
Vern was born in Everett on September 12, 1960 to Jim (James Sr.) and Betty Foster. He grew up, and later raised his own family, in Lake Stevens, WA. Music and singing were his passions, for which he traveled and won multiple awards.
After graduating from Lake Stevens HS in 1978, Vern studied music theory at Northwest Bible College and later served as youth pastor and choir director Lake Stevens Assembly of God, where he was a lifelong member. Vern served the Lake Stevens Police Department 1982-1990 as a Reserve Sergeant. On August 5, 1983 he married the love of his life, Donna.
Vern and Donna have owned and operated Foster Press in Lake Stevens since 1987. Their daughter Maria is now carrying on the legacy as Office Manager and third-generation Printer, with the help of the rest of the family. Vern volunteered deeply in Lake Stevens community, including Rotary (Past President, Rotarian of the Year), Lions Board Member, Chamber of Commerce Past Board Member, Aquafest Grand Marshall, Sno. Co. Fire District #8 (Lake Stevens Fire) Commissioner, and proud sponsor of Aquafest, and the NASCAR Mini Stock division at Evergreen Speedway.
Vern was most defined by his faith, honesty, wisdom, generosity and sense of humor. He lived by the Bible. He constantly went out of his way to serve friends and customers and didn't seem to know how to say "no". He always had a funny story to tell or a harmless prank up his sleeve, he loved to make people smile. He will be fondly remembered wearing a plaid shirt and a grin on his face.
Vern was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lee "Buck"and Auda Foster and Amel and Phyllis Kroeze.
He is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Maria, Brianne (Jonathan) Young, Benjamin "BJ" and Danielle "Dani"; parents, Jim and Betty Foster; brother, Rick (Anna) Foster; nieces, Jennifer, Melissa and Julie; nephews, Ashtin and Aaron; his first unborn grandson, Samuel James; as well as many extended family members.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, 2013, 1 p.m. at Lake Stevens Assembly of God, 9805 31st Place NE, Lake Stevens, WA 98258. Evergreen Speedway will also host a memorial lap at 6 p.m.
The Foster family would like to extend a special thanks to the Lake Stevens Fire Department for helping to fulfill Vern's wish to come home from the hospital to be with his family, and to everyone else who has been so generous and supportive.
In lieu of flowers, donations for medical and funeral expenses may be made to the Foster family at Opus Bank, Lake Stevens.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from July 11 to July 12, 2013