Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times
Deception Pass turns 100 next year, and area manager Jason Armstrong is collecting information on a century’s worth of former park managers.

Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times Deception Pass turns 100 next year, and area manager Jason Armstrong is collecting information on a century’s worth of former park managers.

Deception Pass to honor past park managers — if it can find them

The most visited state park in Washington will celebrate its 100th birthday on April 17, 2022.

Deception Pass State Park’s centennial is coming up next year, and park officials need the community’s help to honor past park managers.

The most visited state park in Washington will celebrate its 100th birthday on April 17, 2022. As part of the celebration, park officials want to have a wooden sign made delineating the park’s manager genealogy back to 1922.

The park’s top dog position has been known by several names throughout the last century — caretaker, superintendent, supervisor, ranger and finally, area manager. Local volunteer Pat Reed and Jason Armstrong, the current park manager, have compiled a list of past leaders dating back to the park’s inception. However, the further back in time they search, the more difficult the information is to verify.

“I am missing dates and it is possible I might be missing some managers,” Armstrong said. “We do not want to miss any because we intend to have a celebration of all past managers in the spring.”

The spring event will be just one of many celebrations planned in honor of the park’s centennial next year. Park officials also want to connect with past managers’ families in anticipation of the event.

So far, Reed and Armstrong have identified 17 former managers: Charles Slafer began in 1922, followed by Rutherford, Al Ditmeyer, Harry Buckey, Harold Rauch, Chester Thomas, Vern Yoakum, Johannes Christensen, A. Vince Henry, Harry Walker, Bruce Hawley, Wallace Girton, Bob Little, William H. Adams, Ralph Mast, William “Bill” Overby and Armstrong’s immediate predecessor, Jack Hartt.

Ascertaining the years each manager served at the park has been trickier; Reed and Armstrong haven’t been able to determine both start and end dates for most managers who served prior to Mast.

Anyone who can provide information about the dates any former park managers served, or who are aware of former managers not included in this list, can contact Armstrong at jason.armstrong@parks.wa.gov.

More in News

Police probe Walmart scuffle

A woman and her teenage daughter attacked an employee at the Oak Harbor Walmart Thursday.

South Whidbey student arrested for alleged threat

Superintendent Moccia wrote the student was “emergency expelled” until an investigation is completed.

Naked golfer accused of chasing deputy, stealing car

A naked man chased a deputy, demanded the fleeing officer’s gun and ranted about aliens.

Proposed development in Langley draws concern

The housing development is proposed for a location near Coles Road.

See caption
Winter clothing drive, fundraiser seek to wrap refugees in warmth

As winter sets in, there is a dire need for everyone to be dressed warmly.

Oak Harbor child molester reoffends, but sentence less lenient second time

Gary T. Boyer, 71, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court to third degree child molestation.

Election certification yields wins for write-in candidates

Voter turnout this year in Island County was 49%, well above the state average of 39%.

Man accused of killing dog with a hatchet

A judge found probable cause to believe 29-year-old Nicholas R. Anderson committed animal cruelty.

Superintendent contract renewed

The South Whidbey School Board renewed Superintendent Josephine Moccia’s three-year contract.

Most Read