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Stan Edward Boreson

May 25, 1925 ~ January 27, 2017

Stan Boreson, a veteran Northwest entertainer, musician, humorist and television personality, died on January 27, 2017. He was 91.

His career spanned many decades, delighting young and old alike with his Scandihoovian jokes and parodies, or as he liked to say, "I take a popular song, change the words and see how long it takes before it becomes unpopular."

He appeared for over 20 years on local TV programs including the long running children's show "King's Klubhouse" and later "The Stan Boreson Show." His faithful basset hound No Mo Shun,

a dog who accessorized with hats and high top tennis shoes, was always by his side. Doug Setterberg added his comedic flair as the two wrote and delivered new jokes, zany character skits, and impromptu original songs. He won many awards for the show, including the National "Children's Entertainer Award" given annually by the Dell Publishing Company. This caught the attention of Walt Disney, who invited him to the opening of Disneyland as his special guest. Even though the show ended in 1967, there are still many fans who can sing the Klubhouse theme song known as "Zero Dackus."

Stan was born on May 5, 1925 in Everett, Washington to Sophus and Ophelia "Tillie" Boreson. At the age of 12 he picked up his first accordion and three years later he played his first job. He attended Longfellow school and Everett High before joining the USO in 1945, where he traveled to 25 foreign countries (including seven trips up and down Italy) accompanying The Andrew Sisters, The Hoosier Hotshots and Arthur "The Street Singer" Tracy. After the war he enrolled at Everett Junior College before transferring to the University of Washington and joining the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. It was at this time Lee Shulman, then program director of KING-TV recruited him for a live music show called Campus Capers. Its success led to "Two B's at the Keys" with Art Barduhn. During these years Stan and his cousin Harry Lindbeck operated Seven Cedars, a popular dance pavilion north of Mount Vernon. The cousins remained close, building homes side by side on Camano Island.

While studying at the UW Stan met Barbara Abbott and fell in love. The two were inseparable for 64 years. At a time when many of their contemporaries were retiring, the couple launched a tour company taking vacationers all over the world. He continued to entertain solo and with his beloved band until a few years ago.

Stan was involved in many charities and gave freely of his time and talent. He was a member of the Washington Athletic Club, 101 Club, Rainier Club, University of Washington Alumni Board, and the Salvation Army, where Stan and Barbara received the Others Award. He was a Seafair Prime Minister and received numerous accolades including the St. Olav Medal of Honor from the King of Norway. During his long career he had the privilege of entertaining with Kate Smith, Garrison Keillor, Lawrence Welk, and was the "warmup" act for Scoop Jackson's presidential campaign in the '70s. He recorded over 30 CDs and DVDs.

Stan was a consummate entertainer possessing a master's touch for comical timing and the delivery of a song. His imagination and knack for improvisation breathed life into the many characters he created, whether on TV or in his heartwarming live performances. Through all of Stan's accomplishments and successes he maintained a true sense of humility. Later in life, when people met him on the street and asked if he was Stan Boreson, he shot back "What's left of me!" He will be fondly remembered by his family, his many friends, and all who had the good fortune of being touched by his uplifting talent.

Stan is survived by his wife Barbara, his son Stan Boreson Jr. "Biff", his daughter Ann Boreson (Mark McMillen), three grandchildren, Christine Braathen Tolson (Ryan), Melinda Braathen and Jamie Whitaker, two great grandchildren Felix and Julian Tolson, and close family Sharry Brown (Dick), Sandi Lindbeck, Michael Brown (Amy), Amy Brown Goolsby (Rob), Shirley John and Bob Foy.

There will be a private family service. A public tribute will take place in March. More details to follow.

In true Stan Boreson style,

he would have wanted to end with a joke...so here goes.

Lena calls the newspaper and asked to speak to the obituaries.

"This is the obituaries, what can I do for you?"

"I would like to put an ad in your obituaries."

"What would you like to say?"

"I'd like to say, "Ole died."

"Just two words... "Ole died?"

"Yeah, well he did."

"We have a special this week...five words for a dollar. For the same amount you can have three more words. Is there anything else you'd like to say?"

"In that case," Lena said, "I would like to say, "Ole died boat for sale."
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 5, 2017
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