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Joseph R. Vasquez

Joe Vasquez PhotoJoseph R. Vasquez of Pullman died at his home. He was 62.

Joe was born December 11, 1954 in Pittsburg, California to Robert and Beatrice (Ortiz) Vasquez. He attended elementary school in Brentwood, CA and graduated from Liberty Union High School. Joe then attended Diablo Valley College where he was an All-American wrestler. He also graduated from a carpenter trade school after four years.

Joe began his professional career as a builder, working on the San Francisco Embarcadero Center, high rise construction with Dinwiddie and since coming to the Palouse, working on projects at Washington State University, the University of Idaho and Sweitezer Engineering.

Joe was a member of gun clubs in California and Washington, a member of the Moscow Elks, Moose Lodge and an active member of leagues at the University of Idaho and the Moscow Elks where he competed in, and won the Sole Survivorship Championship.

Other interests include fishing, trap and bird shooting, coaching Moscow wrestling, motorcycle riding, movies, video games, music and food!

He is survived by his daughters, Amelia Hanisch, Lisa Vasquez and Jessica Vasquez as well as his beloved grandchildren, Eloise Hanisch, Charles Uscola and Lane Alexander.

A Celebration of Life for Joe will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Moscow Elks Lodge beginning at 12:00 Noon.

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

Sonia Stedman

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It is with heavy hearts that the family of Sonia Stedman announces her death which occurred on October 2, 2017.  Though she had been battling some health issues this last year, this past weekend she had an unexpected episode that led to her passing.  Her daughters and son-in-law, Lana and Todd Unger and Lori Stedman, were able to be with her at Gritman Medical Center for her last days.

Sonia Lee Stevenson Stedman was born in Pennsylvania on June 20, 1942 to James and Mary Ann Stevenson.   She married Samuel Wesley Stedman in 1962 and they lived in Casa Grande, AZ until Sam died in 1998 after a 10 year battle with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.  Soon after, Sonia moved to Moscow, ID to live near her daughter and son-in-law, Lana and Todd Unger, and their three children Addie, Phoebe and Sammie. Sonia’s other daughter, Lori Stedman, moved her family from AZ to Moscow in 2011 to be near the family.

Sonia spent 15 years teaching Home Economics to middle school children in Casa Grande, AZ.  She loved the tough kids she often found in her classes and they loved her too.  She had the nickname of “Sarge” with the kids.  She was strict but her students knew she loved them and would help them in life situations as well as classroom assignments.

Grama Sonia enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren: Cat (Jake) Youngblood, Addie Unger, Ashleigh (Jonathan) Hukill, Lizzie Stedman, Phoebe Unger, Dailene Stedman, Gary Stedman, Sammie Unger, Mark Stedman and Nathan Stedman and great grandchildren: Piper, Zane and Gabriel Youngblood, during her last years.  She loved passing on her knowledge of cooking, sewing, quilting and crafting.  She was always an ear to listen.  She was up for a road trip if someone needed company and enjoyed several trips to Disneyland with her grandchildren.

Sonia was also preceded in death by both her parents and her only sibling, Sally Calkins.

At her request, the family will not be having a memorial service, but taking the opportunity to celebrate her life privately.   Sonia Stedman was full of life and made an impact on anyone that met her.  She will be missed.

Clara Neyens

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Clara M. Neyens, lifelong Genesee resident, died Sunday October 1, 2017 at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow. She was 89.

Clara was born August 6, 1928, in Genesee to Effie and Joe Neyens. She graduated from Genesee and lived in Genesee with her brother Richard and sister Mary until their passing. As a young girl you could often find Clara and her siblings driving tractors, mending fences with her siblings or tending her garden.  Clara and Mary were known for their garden and bountiful harvests that they would share with friends by canning hundreds of jars of fruits and vegetables, as well as sauerkraut.

Clara was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Genesee, the Altar Society and Ladies of St. Mary’s, and a member of Genesee Senior Citizens.

Clara was preceded in death by her brother Richard and sister Mary.

The rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. on Friday October 6, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Genesee with a Funeral Mass following at 11:00.

Memorials can be made to the St. Mary’s Endowment Association, 926 Cypress St. Lewiston, ID 83501

Keegan T. Felton

Keegan Felton PhotoKeegan Thomas Felton, the young man with the never-give-up attitude, has passed from this earth.  He was born May 7, 1994, in Twin Falls, Idaho, and died suddenly on Monday, September 25, 2017, while jogging on the indoor track at the University of Idaho Fitness Center.

Keegan entered the world under difficult circumstances.  He and his mother, Brenda, had to fight for their lives following a complicated birth.  Keegan was a determined soul from his first breath to his last.  He faced life with an unequaled ability to overcome any obstacle placed in his path.  His kind and gentle spirit has been an inspiration to his family and those who knew him best.

Keegan spent his childhood years in Buhl.  He loved doing things with his family.  He was always ready to participate in family boating, water skiing, four- wheeling, skiing at Sun Valley, entertaining friends, or helping cook and serve for the Vandal Pig Out.  His school years were spent at Popplewell Elementary, Buhl Middle School, and Buhl High School.  It was in high school that found his passion in life . . . . . . . ACTING.  The Buhl Drama teacher, Mr. B (David Blaszkiewicz), became his teacher, mentor, and friend.  It was through his involvement with other like-minded students and under the caring guidance of Mr. B that Keegan was able to enjoy countless hours of rehearsals, set building, and performances in theatre productions.  He often memorized not only his part in a play, but also all the other cast members’ parts!  The Thespians and other students interested in acting became the center of his teenage world.  He was selected during his Junior year as the recipient of the Triple A award for Activities.  It was an honor that Keegan cherished.

After high school graduation, Keegan applied to the University of Idaho and was selected for the Ravens Program (for students on the autism spectrum).  He flourished in the new learning environment.  He was proud to be taking traditional credited classes along with participating in all aspects of college life.  A presentation he made to the Seagraves Charitable Foundation resulted in a gift of $100,000 to help fund the Ravens Program.  This year he was chosen to begin training to be a mentor to other students in that program.

His highest aspiration was to become a famous actor.  In Moscow, he was chosen for the lead role in a student written and directed movie, “The Wounded.”  The movie won first place in the Keno Film Festival.

Whether Keegan was living on campus or off, he always answered the phone, “Vandal Headquarters!”  He was a loyal Vandal supporter and attended most athletic events.  Tailgating and sitting in the Ad Club Box were two of his favorite activities.  He was very relieved when the Vandals recently won their 6-plus hour game against Southern Alabama and was looking forward to Homecoming.  His Facebook page reflected a young man who made an effort to stay connected with those he loved.  He initiated conversations and could tell any listener the history and statistics of almost any motion picture (past and present).  All of this was done with energy and enthusiasm.  His response to anyone asking how he was doing was always, “I’M GOOD!”  And, he would close the conversation with “GO VANDALS!”  At the end of his life, he was happy with where he was, what he was doing, and the people surrounding him.  He loved his family, his actor friends, his pets, and the University of Idaho.  He will be buried on a hilltop that overlooks his beloved Vandal Nation.

Keegan is survived by his mother and father, Mike and Brenda Felton (Twin Falls); his brother, Cooper (Moscow), his grandparents, Mike and Judy Felton (Buhl) and Norm and Flora Walker (Boise); his Aunts and Uncles, Jeff Walker (Danielle) of Boise, Heather Medland (Kurt) (Herndon, Virginia), Donna Albaitero (Juan) (Woodland, Wa.), and cousins Andrew, Emma, Morgan, Amanda and Mateo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Buhl High School Drama Department or Camp Rainbow Gold.

There will be a graveside service at 2:00 PM Friday, September 29th at the Moscow CemeteryVandal attire is encouraged!

A Celebration of Life is being planned in Buhl and will be announced later.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

Sandra Bennett

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Sandra Kae Bennett (Sandy) went to be with the angels on Thursday, September 21st, 2017. No longer suffering and is now watching over us as a beautiful angel herself.

Sandy was born on December 22nd 1959, to Frank and Delores Bennett. Her twin sister, Suzie, came along shortly after and they have been best friends from day one and shared an amazing bond. They joined older siblings, Frankie, Vicki and Shelley. Later their baby brother, Brett was born.

Sandy always wanted to know how to do everything and had an extreme curiosity to learn. She acquired her GED at the age of 14Sandra Bennett Pic Young0001 and went on to work at her father’s lumber mill and continued to work there for twenty years, while also purchasing a mobile home park in 1991. She took great pride in owning and operating The Y Mobile Home Park for the past 26 years. She also worked hard at earning her realtor’s license and getting her CDL. She wanted to know how to do everything and wanted to be able to pass her knowledge down to her kids and grandkids.

Sandy had an especially close relationship to her oldest grandson, Ceve. They would often be found riding four wheelers or having sleep overs at her house, in her younger years. She wanted to be as close as she could to her kids and grandkids.

Sandy is preceded in death by her big brother, Frankie. She is survived by her children, Shallon Wood of Potlatch, Idaho and Cody (Robin) Wood of Lewiston, Idaho. Her grandchildren, Ceve Brown, Kason and Corbin Wood, twin sister, Suzanne (Chuck) Wilson, sisters Vicki (Bob) Jahns, Shelley Bennett and brother, Brett (Sarah) Bennett, parents, Frank and Delores Bennett, Her children’s father Clayton Wood, with whom she remained close to, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends that will miss her terribly. Her beautiful personality, sincere heart and unconditional love will forever be remembered by all that knew her.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in the Moscow Cemetery. A celebration of life ceremony will follow at 2542 Moser St, in Moscow, Idaho, from 3 to 5 p.m. This invitation is extended to all of Sandy’s friends and family. Please bring your happiest and fondest memories of our sweet mama.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow, and condolences may be left at

William J. “Bill” McLaughlin

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Bill McLaughlin, 68, passed away Saturday, September 16, 2017, at his home in Moscow, from multiple myeloma.  He was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1949, to Robert N. and Doris M. McLaughlin, the second of six children.   In 1967, after graduating from high school, he headed west to the mountains to attend the University of Colorado, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1972.  He then pursued a Ph.D. at Colorado State University and finished in January, 1977, just before jumping into a U-Haul and driving up to Moscow to begin his position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho in the Department of Wildland Recreation Management.  In 1974 he married Debbie Myers in a Boulder county park with a view to the Rocky Mountains, and in 1985, the couple welcomed a son, Julien.

Bill served in multiple leadership roles while at the University of Idaho.  He chaired his department in the 1980’s (now the Department of Natural Resources and Society) and served as Dean of the College of Natural Resources from June 2008 to August 2010, after which he accepted a special assignment in the Provost’s Office and Office of Research and Economic Development. He also served on many college and university committees, including president of the Faculty Senate, as well as in various professional organizations. His research, teaching and outreach were recognized with numerous college, university and state awards.  He retired from the University of Idaho in 2014 with the rank of professor emeritus.

As a professor, Bill mentored generations of students and faculty. He was an innovative teacher, a demanding researcher, and always sought to subvert the dominant paradigm. He had a profound impact on the field of conservation, convinced that to be successful, conservation needed to be an interdisciplinary endeavor with social and human sciences at the core. As a result, he established the University of Idaho as a national leader in social science research methods. Leading teams of researchers, Bill helped establish the fields of land use and conservation planning, and protected area management, in the U.S. and internationally. He thoroughly enjoyed his time working internationally and nurturing future generations of conservation leaders. The world is a greener and better place to be and will continue to be so through the legacy he leaves behind in the conservation leaders he mentored and empowered across the globe. His work led him to the far corners of the globe, spanning six continents, and places in between, where his brand of participatory inquiry lives on.

Bill’s legacy also involved enduring contributions to natural resource management in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. In the 1980’s he led a long-term study of public use and perceptions on the many wild and scenic rivers in Idaho. He established Idaho as a leader in the emerging field of natural resource based tourism and directed several multi-year studies of tourism and travel in Idaho. Bill had a special genius for involving people in decision making and helped many communities, agencies and organizations with his facilitation skills. He championed participatory research practices and always sought to include diverse voices in his research findings.

With his wife Debbie and son Julien, he built an international family of scholars by welcoming students and scientists into their home and lives.   A dedicated cook, Bill used food and wine as a way to bring people closer together. Many discoveries and allegiances were made around his dining table. He befriended the families and parents of many of his students and hosted them in his Moscow home over the years, and he and Debbie visited many when they travelled.

Bill is survived by his wife, Debbie, of the home; son Julien, daughter-in-law Candal, grandson Anderson, of Denver; mother Doris and sister Susie, also of Denver; brother Jeff (Lynne), of McMinnville, Oregon; brother Kurt (Joni), of Orlando, Florida;  and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father Robert, and brothers Bob and Eric.

Bill embraced life with an insatiable curiosity and a remarkable ability to turn obstacles and challenges into opportunities. He constantly sought out diversity and inspired those around him to strive for their best selves. His dedication and passion, his zest for life, and love of family and friends will be missed, but will endure forever in the lives and accomplishments of those he mentored and loved.  He would not have wanted us to mourn his passing, rather he would want us to celebrate life—his and ours—by continuing to build bridges in place of walls.

A celebration of life will be held on November 11 in Moscow; details will be announced soon.  For suggestions of memorial donations in Bill’s honor, contact  Donations may also be made to Kindred Hospice of Pullman.

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

Philip W. Malm

Phil Malm PhotoPhilip Wayne Malm of Moscow died Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at Gritman Medical Center. He was 60.

Phil was born December 13, 1956, along with his twin, Doug, to Carl E. and Margaret M. Lovell Malm. He grew up attending Moscow schools where he was active in football and wrestling, graduating from Moscow High School in 1975. He then attended the University of Idaho for a time. Phil enjoyed water skiing, golf, snowmobiling, radio controlled models, rebuilding a classic 1976 Trans Am, and worked at 49 Degrees North for 15 years, as a member of the National Ski Patrol. Phil worked as a carpenter on numerous construction projects until his retirement.

Phil and his twin, Doug, married twins Jena and Jill Lassen (Malm) in Twinsburg, Ohio on August 7, 1993.  It was a double double wedding.

Phil is survived by his wife, Jena and their son, Timothy, now a student at the University of Idaho, his brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Jill Malm and his niece, Rylie, all of Moscow. Also surviving are his sisters, Kirstin Malm of Moscow and Karleen Mays and her husband Ken of Tigard, OR. Aunts Pat Colbeck of Moscow ID, and Marilyn Sibley and her husband Lud, of Gold Hill, OR and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Randy Malm in 2004.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Moscow First United Methodist Church with Pastor Debbie Sperry officiating.

The family suggests memorials be made to the, Spectrum II Arts & Dance Studio Scholarship Fund, 525 S main St. Moscow ID 83843, Moscow Volunteer Fire Department, or to Samaritan’s Purse,

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

James Rodney Applonie

James Applonie PhotoAn earthly orphan no longer, James Rodney Applonie has been reunited with his Parents; John David and Angie O’Brien Applonie, and siblings; Richard, John, Judy and Brien on August 31, 2017.

Rod was born on February 14, 1936 in Ogden, Utah.  He moved with his family to Spokane, Washington when he was 11 years old.  He graduated from North Central High school 1954.

In 1958 Rod married Peggy Gladys Shull in the Logan Temple, in Logan, Utah on February 14 which was also his birthday. He and Peggy picked that day so they would never forget their anniversary!

Eight children followed the holy union of Rod and Peggy Applonie.  Helen (Clynn) Wilker , Jackie Applonie, Amy (Mike) Wise, Roxie (Dave) DeCoria, Ed (Krysten) Applonie, Angie (Dan) Picard, Dene (Matt) Pancheri, Lt. Col. Stan (Kristi) Applonie.

Rod has 34 grand-children and 14 great-grand-children, our family total is 74 amazing peeps!

Our Dad loved his Family! He also loved loud music, fast cars, fireworks and great food!

Our Dad hated funerals, so we aren’t having one for him!  However, our sadness and loss are demanding that we have a grave site service so that his family and friends get the chance to say, “Until we meet again” this will happen on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Lava Hot Spring Cemetery in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. It will begin at 11 am and all are welcome to join us. In lieu of flowers, send fireworks!

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow and condolences may be left at


Robert M. “Bob” Arthur

Bob Arthur Current0001Robert M. “Bob” Arthur passed away on Sept. 1, 2017 surrounded by his loving family in his home in Moscow. He fought a courageous 2 year battle against cancer, he was 70 years old.

Bob was born on April 9, 1947 in Burlington, WA to Gilbert and Shirley Arthur. He was raised in Sedro Woolley, WA graduating from SWHS in 1965.Bob Arthur Younger0001 He went on to get his BS degree in Plant Science at Washington State University in 1969. Later that year he joined the Peace Corps where he volunteered in Brazil and became fluent in Portuguese. Here he taught subsistence farming to families in rural Brazil. During his last year in the Peace Corps he volunteered for the Ministry of Agriculture researching beans and soybeans.  It was in Brazil where he met a lovely Brazilian girl by the name of Marly DeSousa in 1970. Marly says that it was love at first sight. They were married 2 years later in Brazil on July 1, 1972.

When the two returned to the states to begin what became 46 years of marriage Bob started a career as a research director and plant breeder at Crites Moscow Growers in Moscow, ID. He did this while simultaneously working on his MS degree in Agronomy at the U of I.  He graduated in 1981. He dedicated his career to 36 years of plant breeding for Crites.  He was dedicated to his work, developing numerous patents of pea seed varieties over the years.

Bob shared his love and passion for plants, gardening, and the outdoors with everyone he met.  Every year he grew and gave an abundance of fruits and vegetables to friends and neighbors. He would start plants from seed and give the started plants away to neighbors, coworkers, and fellow church members.  He spent endless hours tending to his beautiful and expansive garden.  When he wasn’t gardening he found time to take his family fishing, camping, hiking and/or backpacking.  Some of his kid’s favorite memories are of backpacking with their dad in the Seven Devils Wilderness, Kelly Creek, and along the rivers of northeastern Oregon.  His favorite fishing holes were Elk River, the Skagit River, and Spring Valley.  His best fishing buddies were his mother Shirley and his brother-in-law Ed Alskog. Together they went on several fish outings every year.

While his son was growing up he played an active role as a Scout leader participating in many camping, backpacking, and cycling trips in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.  Bob was also an avid sports fan, he followed nearly every sport. He played on several Parks & Rec softball and basketball teams.  He was a runner, participating in several fun runs in the area.  Growing up he played football, basketball, and baseball.  Horses were a big part of his life while growing up.  He would ride into the backcountry of the North Cascades with his family to camp, explore, and hunt.  With his father he loved bird and deer hunting.  He also competed in many horse shows winning many trophies and prize winning ribbons. As his 5 year old granddaughter declared “Vovo” (grandpa in Portuguese) was good at everything!

Bob is survived by his wife Marly, daughter Milena Arthur, son and daughter-in-law Michael and Daphne Arthur, two grandchildren Sloan and Reid, mother Shirley and sister Cathy Arthur, Uncle Dick McClure, brother-in-law Ed Alskog, niece Monica James and niece Jamie Alskog.

He was preceded in death by his father Gilbert Arthur, a sister Penny Alskog, uncle Lyle McClure and aunt Jeanne Gilbert.

A memorial mass will be held this Friday, September 8 at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow. A reception will follow at St. Mary’s Family Center.

Memorials are suggested to the University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Garden, St. Mary’s School Foundation, or to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in lieu of flowers.

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

Jerrold “Jerry” Carlson

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Jerrold E. “Jerry” Carlson, of Moscow, died Wednesday August 30, 2017 at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow. He was 86.

Jerry was born, May 30, 1931, in Spokane, WA and was adopted by Edward and Helena Carlson. He grew up in Troy and graduated from Troy High School in 1949.  In 1950, Jerry joined the Army as a Paratrooper, and served in the Korean War, and was honorably discharged in 1953. In 1955, he married Norma Nelson, and they later divorced.

On February 24, 1961 Jerry married his wife of 56 years, Earline Kirkpatrick. After leaving the service Jerry went to work in the timber industry where worked as a logger, mill worker, heavy equipment operator and long haul trucker. After he retired Jerry and Earline were the camp hosts at Little Boulder campground. He enjoyed riding ATVs and snowmobiles with his grandchildren. In his younger days he drove stock car and motorcycles and was very talented musically.

He is survived by his wife, Earline, at their Moscow home, 8 children, 29 grandchildren, 46 great – grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren, 1 sister, and numerous nieces and nephews . He was preceded in death by 2 sons Truman and Chris.

A celebration of life will be held at the Troy Lions Club on Friday September 8, 2017 at 4p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Humane society of the Palouse, and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.