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LSAW Remembers

          Kenneth R. Gregory, WA PLS No. 7585                    His house was always open to anyone who needed a place to
                                                               temporarily stay, and many did. He loved his family sincerely and
          February 19, 1929 – February 19, 2023                was always happy to have one of them drop by for a visit. After
                                     enneth Ralph Gregory passed   retirement, every morning he would venture down to the coffee
                                  Kaway on February 19, 2023, at   shop in Juanita for coffee, doughnuts and trading tales of adven-
                                  Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake,   ture with his newfound gang of retired men and women.
                                  WA just 2 hours after his 94th   Kenny always had great stories to tell about his surveying ad-
                                  birthday. Kenneth was born to   ventures and trips to the Pacific, Asia, Iraq, and South America.
                                  Grace and George Gregory about   Although he loved playing games with his young relatives, you
                                  2 miles outside of Monroe, WA at   never wanted to bother him while Jeopardy was on TV.
                                  his parents’ home near Wagner’s
                                  mill.                        Ken ran a straight line. n
                                    Kenneth (Kenny) was a bachelor
                                  all his life. He was proceeded in   Wes. V Thomas, WA PLS #44650
          death by his parents and brothers, Eugene, Clifford, George and
          Mervin. He is survived by one brother, Sidney Paul Gregory (Mary)   1955 - 2023 - Submitted by G. Tolton
          of El Paso, TX and over  great and great-great nieces and nephews.       he Northeast Chapter of LSAW is sad
                                                                                Tto report the passing of Wes. V Thomas,
            .Kenny was born in a small house in the woods. He had a nat-
          ural love of nature his entire life. He would walk on trails nearby   WA PLS #44650 on January 11th, 2023, just
          every day if he could. He knew all the wildlife around and the        days before his 68th birthday. He was born
          names of all the plants, trees, flowers and bushes. He was a walk-    on January 17th, 1955, in Renton, Wash-
          ing encyclopedia to his family. His dad often called him a member     ington. Wes met the love of his life, Car-
          of the high IQ Quiz Kids a show on the radio at that time.            ole (Martin) Thomas in Renton. They were
                                                                                married in 1979 and she proceeded him in
            Kenny moved to Everett, WA in 1941 and attended North Jr.   death in 2019. Wes is survived by his sisters, Melody Cooper, and
          High and graduated from Everett High School in 1947. He spent   Denise Ressnall, both of Seattle, Washington. He was also sur-
          his summer months in Sultan, WA working for the State of Wash-  vived by his beloved niece, Melissa Gardner, whom Wes and Car-
          ington Forestry service, clearing forest roads, building forest fire   ole welcomed into their home when she was only 13 years old.
          trenches and actually fighting a few forest fires.   Taking on the role of parents, Wes and Carole raised her up in the
            After high school he joined the Army and after was assigned to   rustic log cabin in the woods that they had built from the ground
          the Land Survey Department, which he loved. It took him to Cal-  up beginning in 1977 after moving to Stevens County from Rent-
          ifornia, Alaska and Hawaii where he helped survey Army lands.   on. For many years, Wes and Carole raised Siberian Huskies and
          After being honorably discharged he ventured home and attended   founded the Eastern Washington Siberian Husky Rescue Service.
          Everett Community College and then on to University of Wash-  He also found work with a nearby land surveyor named Richard
          ington where he received his college degree in Land Surveying.  Bard Jr., now deceased, who mentored Wes and got him interested
                                                               in the profession land surveying. He then continued his career in
            He lived in Seattle for a short while, and a few years on the   land surveying by working and learning for local Colville survey-
          shores of Lake Washington in Lake Forest Park before buying his   or, Thomas Todd, from 2001 to 2008 until he earned his profes-
          home for the next 40 forty years  in Juanita, WA, near Juanita High   sional license on June 5th, 2008. Wes then put up his own shingle
          School. He moved to Moses Lake, WA and eventually stayed at   and started Thomas Land Surveying,
          the Brookdale Hearthstone Assistant Living on Pioneer Way for   working mostly solo until passing
          5 years.
                                                               away, epitomizing a typical survey-
            During his time in Juanita (near Kirkland, WA), he worked for   or’s retirement, by doing what he
          a few companies as Land Surveyor before ending up as the Chief   loved. Wes was an active member of
          Land Surveyor and a stockholder with Jones and Associates. He   the NE chapter for almost forty years
          spent a year in Palau in the Pacific Ocean where he and his crew   and will be remembered for his pas-
          surveyed all the islands to obtain ownership of each parcel to the   sionate regard for the welfare of his
          natives. He kept a daily diary that he was invited to submit to the   profession and as a thoughtful and
          Smithsonian Institute museum in Washington DC, but leceted to   careful surveyor, who often found
          hang on to it. A few copies are still with some of his relatives. He   evidence of corners overlooked by
          continued on with Jones and Associates to become one of the top   others. He ran a straight line and
          surveyors in the Northwest and loved being the lead on all cus-  will be very much missed. n
          tomers-requested land surveys.

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