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The week’s passages

A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries

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Alden Mason, 93, an Everett native and a celebrated Northwest artist whose paintings hang in museums, galleries and private collections throughout the country, died Wednesday. He had flu and pneumonia.

Essie Mae Washington-Williams, 87, who lived for decades with a stunning secret — that she was the interracial daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, a former segregationist who never acknowledged her publicly as his child — died Monday near Columbia, S.C.

Lavone “Pepper” Paire Davis, 88, an All-Star catcher and gritty clutch hitter for the all-American Girls Professional Baseball League, died Feb. 2 in Van Nuys, Calif. She had respiratory problems.

Walt Sweeney, 71, an All-Pro guard for the San Diego Chargers in the 1960s and ’70s who accused the team of handing out drugs to players and fostering his own addiction, died of pancreatic cancer Feb. 2 in San Diego.

James Muri, 93, a decorated World War II pilot who saved his crippled B-26 bomber and crew by buzzing the flight deck of a Japanese aircraft carrier (to avoid its guns) during the Battle of Midway, died last Sunday in Billings, Mont.

Gordon H. Mansfield, 71, who was twice shot in the spine during combat operations in Vietnam, became a leading advocate for disabled veterans and retired as a top official of the Department of Veterans Affairs, died of a heart ailment Jan. 29 in Washington, D.C.

James DePreist, 76, a former Oregon Symphony
music director and one of the early African-American conductors of a major orchestra, died at home Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz. He had been in and out of the hospital since a heart attack last year.

Edith Lauterbach, 91, of San Francisco, the last survivor among the quintet of female flight attendants who in the 1940s organized the first union to fight for equal rights in the sky, died Monday, according to the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the successor of that early union.

Reg Presley, 71, lead singer of The Troggs, an English band that burst onto the charts in 1966 with the rock 'n' roll song “Wild Thing,” died of lung cancer Monday in Andover, England.

Jim Sweeney, 83, who coached Fresno State football for 19 seasons and retired with a school-record 144 victories, and who coached at Montana State and Washington State (’68-’75) before that, has died. No details were available.

Cardiss Collins, 81, an Illinois Democrat who reluctantly filled her late husband’s seat in Congress in 1973 and became one of the most prominent black women on Capitol Hill, died of pneumonia last Sunday in Alexandria, Va.

John D’Arcy, 80, a Catholic bishop who was ignored by his superiors in the 1980s when he repeatedly warned about priests who later figured in the sex-abuse scandal that rocked the Archdiocese of Boston, died of cancer last Sunday in Fort Wayne, Ind.


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