Class of 1960

DR. VANCE F. BINGHAM, CLASS OF 1960

Dr. Vance F. Bingham died peacefully on March 25, 2015, surrounded by his family and pastor. He was 85.

Dr. Bingham was known for his quiet, consistent love and care for his church, family friends and patients. Born on May 27, 1929, in Tampa, Fla., to Vance C. and Dorothy D. Bingham, he lived in Alaska as a child and later moved to Seattle, where he graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1947.

Dr. Bingham earned a degree in business from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., in 1951.

While at Linfield, he developed lifelong friendships, most significantly with Rosalee Guy. He and Rosalee were married on March 3, 1951, in Olympia, Wash. After a marriage spanning nearly seven decades, this loving, caring couple celebrated their 64th anniversary shortly before his death. During the early years of their marriage, they lived in Seattle while he served two years in the U.S Navy. After an honorable discharge, they went to Anchorage, Alaska, to work in his family’s auto parts business.

In 1955, he decided he wanted a new career path and returned with Rosalee to Seattle to pursue a career in dentistry. After receiving his DDS degree, he and Rosalee, along with their first two children, moved to Port Angeles, Wash., where Dr. Bingham opened his dental practice on Oct. 31, 1960 on East Caroline Street. He retired in January 2008 after a 48-year career.

Dr. Bingham was active in the Olympic Peninsula Dental Society. His deep Christian faith was an example to his family and others who entered his life. He was a mentor to many through his example as a caring, loving, trustworthy husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was an active member of Port Angeles First Baptist Church until the day of his passing. As building committee chair, he coordinated construction of the educational wing.

Dr. Bingham’s great recreational loves were sailing, flying, downhill skiing and later cross-country skiing, and hiking, all of which he enjoyed with his family. He was a member of the Port Angeles and later Sequim Bay yacht clubs, and loved to race sailboats of any size. He raced in numerous regional sailing events, winning the Juan de Fuca division of the Swiftsure regatta multiple times, as well as the Great Equalizer and Cal 29 Nationals. He served as an appeals judge for the Pacific International Yachting Association, serving the Northwest and southwestern Canada. He served his community as president of the Olympic Ski Lift Board (Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club) as the ski program grew and the Poma lift was installed at Hurricane Ridge. He was also active on the YMCA board, serving as president when the current YMCA gymnasium was built.

While hiking on Stuart Island at the age of 80, he was asked about going on a four-mile hike at his age and replied, “You just put one foot in front of the other.”

Dr. Bingham was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Evelyn White. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rosalee; brother Lawrence (Peggy) M. Bingham of Longbranch, Wash.; children Vance K. Bingham of Seattle, Kathy B. Bassett of Lacey, Wash., and David (Janice) Bingham of Port Angeles; five grandchildren, Megan Bassett, Kelly Bingham, Christopher Bingham, Ryan Bingham and Kyle Bingham; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

DR. KENNETH J. McLEAN, CLASS OF 1960

Dr. Kenneth McLeanDr. Kenneth J. “Doc” McLean of Bellevue passed away peacefully at his home on March 29, 2015, after  a battle with cancer. He was 82.

Dr. McLean was born in Lava Hotsprings, Idaho, on July 28, 1932, the oldest son of William A. and Anna Hallinan McLean. After receiving his DDS degree, he practiced in Bellevue, Wash., for 56 years. His love of dentistry extended far beyond his local practice. He was an instructor at the UW School of Dentistry, and as a member of the Tucker Gold Study Club, mentored American dental students and taught in Italy and Germany. He was generous with his dental skills and volunteered in Hawaii and Kenya, as well as at the Union Gospel Mission in Seattle.

A friend and colleague summed up the affection and respect with which he was regarded by his many patients and colleagues when he noted that Doc was a person with whom you could share a desert island or a foxhole.

A veteran of the Korean War, he was honored by the South Korean government for his service. He met his wife, Muriel Hargis McLean, in the eighth grade, and remained deeply smitten through 62 years of marriage.

Dr. McLean enjoyed a broad range of interests and hobbies. He loved the outdoors, especially when skiing, fishing, and hunting could be shared with friends and family. He read voraciously and broadly, and would happily open a bottle of “Tuesday” wine and engage in lively discussions about his most recent passion. He was an avid Husky football and basketball fan and was a season ticket holder for both.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Muriel J. McLean; his brother, Dr. Tom Ware, and sister, Frances Nickel; sons, Tom and Kevin McLean; daughters, Sydney Walters and Shelley McLean; and his beloved grandchildren, Dustin, Brandon, Dayle and Lauren. (Seattle Times)

DR. WILLIAM H. CLEAVER, CLASS OF 1960

Dr. CleaverDr. William H. Cleaver passed away surrounded by family on March 10, 2014 after a 10-year battle with lymphoma and leukemia. He was 77.

Dr. Cleaver was born to George and Helen Cleaver on July 17, 1936 in Hoquiam, Wash. After high school in Hoquiam, he graduated from the UW School of Dentistry with a degree in general dentistry. He started his practice in the Medical Dental Building in downtown Seattle in 1960 and worked there until he moved his practice to the 720 Olive Way building. He and his wife, Mari-Ann (who was at the front desk for 22 years), retired after a fulfilling 44-year career in 2004.

Dr. Cleaver deeply loved nature and cherished his younger years growing up working on the family’s cranberry bog, fly fishing and backpacking with his father. He remained an avid fly fisherman throughout his life and enjoyed passing his passion on to his grandchildren. World War II-era aviation fascinated him tremendously as a child and instilled a burning desire to become a pilot. He accomplished his dream with all the ratings of a private, instrument and commercial pilot. Starting at Lake Union in a float plane while in his 20s, he continued to fly throughout most of his life with Mari-Ann, who was also a pilot. They took many flying trips to British Columbia with family and friends, over glaciers and dangerous mountainous terrain to wonderful fishing adventures. Many times he piloted family and friends in his faithful Piper Pacer, Bellanca or Cessna to Sun Valley, Idaho and Bend, Ore., for skiing. He was also active in the Republican Party throughout his adult life.

Flying his plane, fishing, hiking, biking, tennis, skiing, boating, woodworking, gardening and lots of reading guaranteed there would never be a dull moment in his life. He was an awesome father, grandfather, husband and wonderful friend to many.

Dr. Cleaver is survived by his wife of 29 years, Mari-Ann; daughter Julie Bjornestad (Hans) of Seattle; son Bill Jr. of Vashon Island; grandsons Sgt. Justin Cleaver, U.S. Army (Jessica) and Payden Bjornestad of Seattle; granddaughters Julia Cleaver of Sequim, Wash., and Ellie and Kire Bjornestad of Seattle; great-granddaughter Aria Cleaver of Killeen, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.  (Seattle Times)