Edward Martin Kling died at Puget Sound Health Care on Aug. 12, 2018, in Olympia, Wash., following a recent heart related illness. He was born in San Louis Obispo, Calif., on May 10, 1958, where his parents were attending college. In 1964, his family moved to their farm in Elma, Wash. Ed graduated from Elma High School in 1976 and worked for Martin’s Mill in Elma and then for Annenson Electric in McCleary. He later worked for the Stihl Saw Shop in Elma.
He married Debra Frazier in 1989. They later divorced. Ed moved to Concrete, Wash., where he worked for Pacific Tonewoods as a millwright and later for MicroGreen Corp. in Arlington, Wash. He had recently moved to his sister Trina’s home in Elma following heart surgery last year.
Ed was an avid hunter, fisherman, and all-around outdoorsman. He loved to pan for gold, ride motorcycles and quads, and he lovingly shared his love of the outdoors with his son, Justin. As a talented and accomplished millwright, he could repair or build anything he put his mind to. Ed loved his family and friends, and his smile was a mile wide when he was with them.
Ed is survived by his son, Justin Kling, and granddaughter, Willow Kling, both of Concrete; his step-sons, Kevin Frazier of Hawaii and Herb Frazier of Shelton; his sisters, Trina Young (Hal Carlstad) of Elma and Evalynn Barrett of Olympia; his brothers, Tim Kling (Renee Neal) of Sacramento and Jason Kling (Lauma Fey) of Wiesbaden, Germany. He is also survived by his niece, Lindsey Kling; nephews, Brandon Barrett and Josh Kling, both of California; three great nieces; and numerous extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, James E. and Mary (Wilder) Kling of Elma.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Oct. 6, 2018, 1 p.m. at the Montesano Church of God Fellowship Hall, 317 Spruce Ave. E., Montesano, WA 98563. Donations in memory of Edward may be made to the UW Foundation, for the Cardiovascular Therapies Fund. Gifts can be made online at http://depts.washington.edu/givemed/give/?source=cardtf or by mail to UW Medicine Advancement, Attn: Gift Processing, Box 358045, Seattle, WA 98195-8045.
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