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    In Memoriam: Warren R. Morgan

    Warren R. Morgan, 60, passed away unexpectedly in May. He was born April 17, 1959 to Rex and Laurel Morgan in Soap Lake, Washington. He grew up in Quincy, Washington, and graduated from Quincy High School in 1977 and from Washington State University (WSU) in 1981. He returned to Quincy after graduating from WSU and lived there until his death. His life as an entrepreneur began while he was still at WSU, where one of his first ventures was renting minifridges to college students. After graduating from WSU with a degree in horticulture, he came back to Quincy and shortly thereafter began working in his parents’ orchard. The family orchard had been purchased in 1976 as a retirement…

  • Photo of Richard Lemargie's rolling office chair covered in memorabilia
    In Memoriam,  Washington State

    Remembering Richard Lemargie

    He sat in meetings quietly, back straight and head perfectly upright, listening intently to every word . . . without emotion. If asked, he would offer measured, careful advice, providing great wisdom. It was several meetings later, after I kept seeing him, that I inquired as to who he was. The initial response was, “the attorney for the irrigation districts.” It was after many more years of seeing Richard in yet another meeting before I had the chance to have a conversation. His personality was as measured as his words. He was pleasant, warm, and accommodating. It was clear he was a man raised in a different era. A true…

  • Photo portrait of Richard A. Lemargie in black and white
    In Memoriam,  Washington State

    Richard A. Lemargie DECEMBER 9, 1947—JUNE 13, 2018

    Richard A. Lemargie, 70, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at his home in Ephrata, Washington, surrounded by loved ones. Richard was born at Grand Coulee Dam, Washington, in 1947 and spent his early years in what was commonly referred to as an engineer’s town just downstream from the Grand Coulee Dam. He was raised in Ephrata and never missed a day of school. Richard grew up enjoying hunting, fishing, raising homing pigeons, delivering newspapers, and playing baseball. He played trumpet in the marching band, receiving the John Phillips Sousa Band Award. Much of his childhood was also spent helping on the Pixlee Ranch. He was active in leadership from…

  • Photo portrait of Dave Koland
    In Memoriam

    Dave Koland

    David Koland, known to friends as Dave, passed away on May 8, 2018, at the age of 75. Born in Oregon and raised in North Dakota, Dave attended the University of North Dakota, majoring in business. He put his skills to good use in many endeavors but ultimately directed them to his passion: water. Known as the Water Guy by many, he was inducted into the North Dakota Water Users Hall of Fame in 2016. Most recently, Dave served as general manager for the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District for 13 years, executive director for the North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association for 11 years, and president of the North Dakota…

  • Photo portrait of William Theodore “Ted” Diehl
    In Memoriam

    William Theodore “Ted” Diehl February 16, 1926 – February 20, 2018

    William Theodore “Ted” Diehl, 92, a long-time resident of Jerome, Idaho, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at his home, surrounded by family. Born in Twin Falls on February 16, 1926, he was the first child of William Travis and Beulah Edith (Hanes) Diehl. Ted was the eldest of four siblings, followed by Jerry, Les, and Dorothy. All have preceded him in death. Ted attended school in Jerome, graduating from Jerome High School in 1944. He excelled in sports, especially football and boxing. After graduating, he joined the Navy in the latter part of World War II, and he trained as and became a Navy fighter pilot. During his time…