Seattle Prep Panther Tracks Fall 2012

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from my sons, my sister and two brothers, high school and university classmates, many friends and caregivers and most of all, the grace of the Holy Spirit. I thank God every day for my three sons and three adorable granddaughters.”

Fr. Philip Lucid, SJ ’40 Philip J. Lucid, S.J. died August 20, 2012, at the Jesuit infirmary in Spokane. An officer and gentleman, priest and lawyer, teacher and friend; many titles apply to this man of God whose smile, wit and gracious manner won the hearts and minds of all who knew him. He graduated from Seattle Prep in 1940 and entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, OR, in August 1942. Phil was ordained a priest on June 18, 1955, in Spokane. Upon the completion of his Jesuit training, Fr. Lucid briefly taught at Gonzaga University and then traveled the Northwest giving parish retreats. Desiring to serve his nation as a chaplain, Fr. Lucid was commissioned in 1966 and sent to Vietnam. Twice the age of the soldiers in his unit, he was regularly at the front lines of battle to minister to them. Wounded in action while helping to evacuate injured soldiers, Fr. Lucid was awarded the Purple Heart. He also earned two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star, and numerous other medals and commendations. He was much beloved by all of the communities he ministered to, including Seattle Prep. He was preceded in death by brother Robert Lucid ’48.

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Clair D. Markey ’54 died June 20, 2012, in Peoria, AZ. He was born in Nebraska and grew up on Capitol Hill, attended St. Joseph’s, Seattle Prep and Seattle University, where he played basketball. After moving in 1965 to Juneau, Alaska to work as a mason on the Federal Building, he remained to take a teaching and coaching position at Juneau Douglas High, winning the state championship in 1969. He moved to Fairbanks to coach for Lathrop High School from 1971 to 1976 and led them to a state championship in 1972. In the early 1980s, Clair coached in the professional Continental Basketball Association. He retired in 1996. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Brenda, and their four children. John Riggs ’55 graduated with a BS in Chemistry from Seattle University and a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno. He lived with ALS for over 30 years. He worked for years as a Research Chemist and Division Project Manager in the defense, missile and space industry for North American Rockwell in the LA area and for Applied Magnetics in Santa Barbara. Mr. Riggs used his Apple computer to interact with his three sons, Mike, Joe, and Brian. In an interview late in his life, he said “I credit my survival to the love and support I have received


John Timothy Dirstine ’62 passed away in May of complications following surgery for a brain tumor. Upon graduating from Prep, he attended the University of Washington, Evergreen State College and Stanford University. He served in the US Army with one tour of duty in Vietnam.

Timothy Hudson Thomas ’69 passed away unexpectedly on June 16, 2012. He was a member of the Glee Club during his Prep years and continued to perform and share his amazing voice with audiences throughout his life.


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