Karen Kay Gatlin

Karen Gatlin 001Karen Kay Gatlin of Moscow died unexpectedly on Sunday, January 11, 2015 while vacationing in Hawaii with her husband. She was 70.

Karen was born April 19, 1944, the daughter of Claude Daniel and Mildred Ethel Bachman Mishler in Eureka, Illinois. She graduated third in her class from University High School in Normal, IL in 1961. She attended Goshen College (Goshen, IN) for two years and received her Bachelors degree from Illinois State University (Normal, IL) in 1965 with a triple major in Comprehensive Social and Behavioral Sciences, Comprehensive Language Arts, and Music Education. She also completed a nationally accredited teacher education program through ISU. She received her Master’s in 1969 in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Illinois State University.

Her professional career spans twenty years as a Professor at Illinois Central College (E Peoria, IL); eighteen years as an in service training and manager in Washington State University’s Human Resource Services Office; twenty-five years association as a trainer and course developer with the National Fire Academy, and fifteen years as an adjunct Professor in the Fire Services Administration program (personnel management coursework) for Western Oregon University (Monmouth, OR). Her most recent work includes employment at the University of Idaho and the continuation of her consulting work, begun in the 1980’s.

She moved to Moscow, ID in 1988 and Married Phillip Lawrence Gatlin in 1989.

Her activities also included work for a number of different charities, including nine years as a Board member for Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse. Her interests included travel, camping, reading and playing the piano. For the last 15 years, Karen has had a business called “Bed Finders”, a program that allows parents of students at WSU and U of I to have rooms during large events.

She is survived by her husband, Phillip, at their Moscow home; three children, Andrea Gatlin Crosson (Kevin) of Colorado City, CO, Karen Patricia Gatlin (Mike Manley) of Phoenix, AZ, and Alan David Gatlin (Dori) of Moscow along with grandchildren, Andrew McGraw, Ryan McGraw, Kara Manley and Sofia Crosson. Her older sister, Joyce E. Schmucker of Bloomington, IL also survives her. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Moscow Fire Department, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse or to the Humane Society of the Palouse.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.

8 Responses to Karen Kay Gatlin

  1. Bob Kesler says:

    I was deeply saddened to learn of Karen’s passing. I worked with Karen at WSU and considered her a mentor, but more importantly a friend. She was always there to listen and offer advice when I needed it. Her professionalism was beyond reproach. My prayers are with Phil and the family.

  2. Twila Brown says:

    Deeply saddened by passing of Karen. I worked with Karen closely at WSU, and thought of her as a dear friend. She always Professional, and provided a breadth of knowledge, information, advice and always another way of doing things and solving a problem. So kind, considerate and caring.
    You will be missed Ms. Karen… rest in peace.


  3. Rhonda Zenner says:

    My deepest sympathies and prayers are with you Phil and family; I love Karen so very much. She was always such a joy to work with and was one of my dearest friends. She had such a joy for life and travel that was so infectious; I loved hearing all her stories about her adventures, decorating their home at Christmas, and about her family which she loved more than anything. I will miss her but will always have wonderful memories. A hui hou brah (Goodbye, until we meet again my friend)

  4. Iris Manning says:

    I worked with Karen at WSU, although not closely, I did enjoy working with her and appreciated her professionalism in the training sessions we had with her. I’ve been retired for seventeen years but still received a Christmas card from her every year. What a gal. My sympathies are with you, Phil, and your family.

  5. Elissa Keim says:

    I was deeply saddened to hear about Karen’s passing. She deeply influenced my life, both as a mentor and friend. I met her in 1993, when I was a graduate student intern in her office at WSU. What was supposed to be a summer internship, grew into a friendship. Karen ignited my love for working with adult learners, and the career path I would choose. She encouraged me to challenge myself. I would not be where I am today, were it not for Karen’s influence. She was an amazing lady! I will always fondly remember the elaborate Dicken’s Village at Christmas, her love of travel and the love of her family. Phil and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Jude Durfey says:

    What sad news to learn of Karen’s passing…….far too soon. I enjoyed working with her at WSU for several years and appreciated her as a trusted, capable colleague. I admired her character and her friendly, caring, professional approach. She was a wonderful role model and mentor. I am saddened for her family and friends, and extend my deepest sympathy for their loss.

  7. Edith Wallace says:

    This is indeed sad news – my late husband and I have enjoyed and trusted Karen and Phil for making available housing for us and our family when we came to WSU and U of I for activities and events for at least twenty years. Their support contributed to many happy memories for all of us. Thank you so much!

  8. Rhonda and Marshall Comstock says:

    we are so sad to hear of Karen’s passing. What an amazing lady. We always enjoyed our interactions with Karen and Phil. Her smile could light up a room and her sense of humor was priceless. I remember the first week she came to Moscow, what a wonderful addition she was to our community. She will be greatly missed.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Phil.

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