Russell Earl Poirier(July 6, 1932 - January 19, 2014)

Mr. Russell Poirier of Port Angeles passed away at his Port Angeles home on January 19, 2014. We will miss him greatly. His 81 years were not enough.

He was born in Seattle, Washington, on July 6, 1932, to George P. and Martha L. (Bates) Poirier. Russ grew up in Georgetown and graduated from Cleveland High School in Seattle in 1951.

Shortly after graduating, he enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps. He treasured his time spent in Kaneohe, Hawaii, during his three years of service.

After his time with the Marine Corps, he returned to Washington, where he worked for Boeing in Renton, Washington, and tended bar at the Chinook in Port Angeles.

His first marriage, to Cecille, lasted from 1956 to 1961 and gave him his daughter Pam. His second marriage, to Betty Muck, gave him his daughters Renée and Michelle, and sons James and Daniel.

Russ was an avid sports fan who loved baseball and football. He played baseball for many different teams, including the Comets, Merchants, Marines and Chinook. He was an amazing fastball pitcher, earning numerous awards, including Most Valuable Player in 1964 and 1965. Baseball was his passion.

Russ leaves behind his sons, James and Daniel (Laura) Muck; daughters Pamela (Greg) Corsetto, Renée Poirier and Michelle Money; and grandchildren Michael and Lisa Corsetto, Preston Poirier, Brandon Elliott, James Jensen, Austin Muck, Athena Muck and Kody Muck.

Russ grew up in a big and loving family, and while those of us left behind will miss him terribly, we know that his passing has reunited him with his beloved parents and siblings. We cannot count the lives touched by his presence, those who have passed and those of us who remain.

A celebration of his wonderful life will take place at the Lower Elwha Tribal Center on South Dry Creek Road in Port Angeles at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 8, 2014.

Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Feb. 5, 2014