Clyde Lowell Dahlin, a long-time resident of Montesano, Wash., passed away peacefully and securely to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ, Aug. 29, 2018, in Shelton, Wash. Clyde was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and a long-time friend to many people in the community.
Clyde was born in Ord, Neb. on June 2, 1926. He was the middle child of three, born to Elmer and Hazel (Garrison) Dahlin. His siblings included Harvey Dahlin of San Diego, Calif. and Floy (Dahlin) Stover of Lacey, Wash. He was preceded in death by his wife Calla Jean (Secord) Dahlin, his parents Elmer and Hazel, and his brother Harvey.
During the depression the family moved frequently looking for work, and he attended nine different schools in Nebraska. The family eventually moved to Wapato, Wash. in Yakima County, and Clyde graduated from Wapato High School in 1943. He served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army 25th Division on Luzon in the Philippines during World War II, and after the war in Osaka and Nagoya, Japan. In contrast to his war experiences on Luzon, he had numerous happy stories which he has recounted for many years about his time with the people in Japan.
After returning home from the war, Clyde attended Central Washington College of Education in Ellensburg, Wash. (now Central Washington University) where he met his future wife on a blind date, Calla Jean Secord from Kelso, Wash. Clyde and Jean were married on June 10, 1950. They lived in Ballard while Clyde attended the College of Pharmacy at the University of Washington in Seattle. He graduated in 1953 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, and then worked as a pharmacist in Seattle for a time.
In 1955 Clyde and Jean moved to Montesano for a job as pharmacist at Deane Drug, located at the Northeast corner of Pioneer and Main. In 1963 Clyde helped with the opening of a new pharmacy, Valu Drug, in the new Montesano Shopping Center. He managed that store until 1977. Clyde and Jean owned the Boston Harbor water system near Olympia for about three years, and from 1979 to 1989 were owner-operators of the McCleary Pharmacy in McCleary, Wash.
Clyde was a resident of Montesano for 63 years, until his passing. He has four children born from 1954 to 1962, including David (wife Sherry) of Fort Worth, Texas, Jacqueline Eaton (husband George) of Shelton, Wash., Jeff (wife Anne) of Kenmore, Wash., and Brad (wife Kristy) of Spokane Valley, Wash. He also has 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Clyde enjoyed woodworking, the beach, working on his land, hiking in the Olympic National Park, painting, classical music, dogs, road trips, and talking with family and friends. Many will recall him trying to tell funny stories which would make him laugh so hard he could not finish.
Clyde heard and understood the Gospel in his youth and trusted in Jesus Christ as his Savior.
A service will be held at the Montesano United Methodist Church, Sunday, Sept. 23. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).