Kent Alan McLachlan
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Kent Alan McLACHLAN Kent Alan McLachlan, 77, of Yakima, Washington passed away Tuesday evening the 24th of May in Bellevue, Washington, from post surgical complications. Kent was an avid golfer who spent countless days on the course doing what he so greatly loved. He was also an ace at gardening and was most proud of his beautiful dahlias that won him numerous ribbons over the years at the Central Washington State Fair. Kent was a lover of food. He found great joy in preparing meals for family and friendsalways known to say 'got tons' to anyone who happened to show up when dinner was being served. Onion burgers on the BBQ were always at the ready. Kent was born in Spokane, Washington on August 5th, 1933to Alexander and Geraldine McLachlan. Kent spent his early years moving around the state of Washington due to his father's business before finally settling in Vancouver, Washington. He attended Shumway Junior High School and Vancouver High School. He was a star athlete and lettered in football, basketball, track and golf. He represented the state of Oregon in the National Juniors Golf Championships in Ames, Iowa in 1950 and Durham, North Carolina in 1951. Kent attended the University of Washington in 1951 and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity class of 1951. He graduated in 1955 with a BA degree and attained his LLB from the U of W Law School in 1958. He played varsity golf in his freshman year and was a 4-year Letterman on the University golf team and captain of the team his senior year. During his education at UW, he met and married his first wife, Catherine Stone in 1955 in Spokane, Washington. They eventually settled in Yakima and had three children, Kyle, Craig and Kent Jr. Kent was assistant prosecutor under Ray Munson for 3 years before deciding to change professions and become a stockbroker in 1961 saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. He retired in 2006 but continued to have meaningful contact with is fellow brokers every morning at 7 a.m. He will be sorely missed in Yakima's investment community. Kent was a member of the Yakima Country Club for many years and was Club Champion in 1966, 1968, 1970, and 1971. Kent met and married Dianna Feammelli of Portland, Oregon in 1985 and raised her daughter Amanda as one of his own. He lost Diana to cancer in 1995. He married his beloved wife and longtime friend Gail Phillips in 1998. He is survived by his wife Gail, a sister Sandy (Port Ludlow, WA), and his children, Kyle, Craig, Kent Jr and Amanda McLachlan. His grandchildren Montana, Maxton, Marqui, Callum, Alexandrea, Mackensi and Thomas. His step-children Pam, Judy, Jill and Rick and his step-grandchildren, Karina, Christopher, Colleen, Daniel, PJ and Jared. SERVICE ~ Memorial services will be held Tuesday, June 7th at the Yakima Country Club from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for close friends, family, golfing cronies, and fellow brokers to lift adult beverages in his honor and reminisce of his many victories and memorable defeats. Remembrance/donations may be made in Kent's name to 1st Tee of Yakima, c/o Del Rankin, PO Box 787, Yakima, WA 98909. Mac's life can be summed up in 3 words: Intelligent, Compassionate, and Generous.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Jun. 5, 2011.
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