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The man, the myth, the legend – Larrie Ford. (Photo courtesy David Ford)

Coupeville lost one of its best coaches, and people, this week, with the passing of Larrie Ford.

The following is from his family:


It saddens us to announce the passing of our beloved father Larrie Leon Ford on Monday, July 13, 2020, in Coupeville, Washington.

Larrie was born June 13, 1942 in Wapato, Washington to parents Clifton Ford and Majorie Shinaberger.

Larrie grew up in Camas, Washington riding his beloved horse Chico.

He competed on the rodeo circuit, winning many trophies and ribbons, in bull riding and tie-down roping.

While in high school Larrie held several Washington state track and field records that he was very proud of, which stood for 50 years!

Back in the CHS gym, Larrie enjoys some quality time with Greg White. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

In 1962 he enlisted into the U.S. Navy, as an Aviation Ordanceman (IYAOYAS).

He served his country with dedication and pride from Vietnam to N.A.S. Whidbey Island, where he spent most of his Naval career. He retired with honors in 1982.

On August 4th, 1977, Larrie married the love of his life, Janice L. Wilson.

Jan called him her “Knight In Shining Armor.”

They had a wonderful 30-year marriage full of adventures and raising their six children together.

Larrie enjoyed many years as a coach and advisor for Coupeville High School.

Larrie gets ready for a Homecoming parade with Dr. Jim Shank (middle) and Dale Sherman. (Photo by Shelli Trumbull)

He was a competitive shooter and served as President of the Central Whidbey Sportsman Association.

Our dad loved fishing and could be found at his “secret spot” on Cranberry Lake with his family and cherished dog Barkley.

Larrie was also a member of The Oak Harbor Yacht Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Moose Lodge, and Coupeville Booster Club.

Larrie was preceded in death by his sister, Nola Ford Restorff, brother Denny Ford, and his wife, Janice L. Ford.

When Jan passed he gave her half of his heart to hold until he could be with her again.

He is survived by son James Ford and wife Francis, daughter Deanna Ford, son David Ford and wife Barbi, daughter Tina Ford, son Tony Ford and wife Kara, and son Eric Ford and wife Holly.

That includes nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A private service with full military honors will be held to celebrate Larrie’s life.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Larrie Ford to the Coupeville Booster Club, PO Box 452, Coupeville, WA 98239, to continue his support to the youth of our community.

The family is especially grateful to those that have reached out and shared their love and stories of our father!

He was a great man!

Larrie with two of his six children, sons Tony (left) and David.

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Maria Reyes and Co. keep the Coupeville Booster Club hummin’ right along. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Abbie Martin (left) and Leann Levitt sell Booster Club gear at a Wolf football game.

COVID-19 can’t keep the Coupeville Booster Club down.

The ongoing pandemic will prevent the group from hosting its annual athlete appreciation banquet, but that won’t stop the boosters from giving everyone a send-off.

The club is teaming with Coupeville High School coaches and Athletic Director Willie Smith, and will hand-out Wolves memorabilia to athletes Thursday, June 11 at the CHS gym.

Things start at 3:30 PM.

Booster Club members, coaches, and Smith will wear masks and gloves to protect themselves and students.

Athlete can get their memorabilia directly from their coaches, but have to maintain required social distance.

The give-away caps a busy, productive, and memorable school year for the Booster Club, which is also awarding scholarships to seven Wolves from the Class of 2020.

They are:

Natalie Hollrigel ($1,300)

Avalon Renninger ($1,000)
Lucy Sandahl ($1,000)
Gavin Straub ($1,000)
Maya Toomey-Stout ($1,000)
Sean Toomey-Stout ($1,000)
Ulrik Wells ($1,000)

The Coupeville Booster Club is comprised of parents, staff, alumni, friends, and businesses.

The club provides assistance to Coupeville athletic programs through volunteerism and financial support, while purchasing supplies, equipment, and capital items beyond what the school athletic budget provides.

Their objective is to support Coupeville athletic programs, its coaches and athletes, and to raise school and community spirit.

If you’d like to help support the Booster Club, contact them at coupevillebc@gmail.com.

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A basket of goodies waits to be bid on at the Coupeville Booster Club Crab Feed. (Lucy Sandahl photos)

Auctioneer Dale Sherman puts his velvet voice to good use.

Alita Blouin (left) and Gwen Gustafson grab a quick break from their kitchen duties.

Janie Keilwitz hits the jackpot.

The raffle crew (l to r, Samantha Streitler, Lily Leedy and Gavin Straub) are ready to rock.

Crab Feed committee members Jeannie Sandahl (left) and Jennifer Kellner celebrate a successful fundraiser.

Unlike the Oscars, we don’t play anyone off stage mid-way through their thank-you’s.

With another Crab Feed in the books, the folks who put on the Coupeville Booster Club’s biggest fundraiser are flush with praise for everyone who helped, so we hand off the mic to them:


Thank you, Coupeville, for a successful Crab Feed!

Ever wonder how many people it takes to make an event like this happen?

In addition to the wonderful folks who supported us by purchasing tickets to attend, we’d also like to thank and acknowledge:


Jeremy and Dianna Bodin
Coupeville Schools
Mark Hammer
Kole and Ray Kellison
Randy Payne
Dale and Liz Sherman
Terra Firma Wealth Management
Toby’s Tavern
Brian Vick
Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge
Andreas Wurzrainer


Plus, our silent and live auction donators (listed below by name), our dessert bakers (listed below by name), our bartenders, our kitchen volunteers, National Honor Society volunteers, and student/athletes who helped us set up, serve, park cars, and clean up.

This couldn’t be done without you!


Live Auction Donors:

June Blouin
The Compass Rose
Home Depot
Ken Jubert (Wells Fargo Advisers Business Development)
Mariah Knoblich
Molly McPherson
Sandy and Susan Roberts
Saratoga Charters
Derek Wolfe


Silent Auction and Raffle Donors:

Ace Hardware
Ashley’s Design
Audette Construction
Nicole Bailey
Blue Fox Drive-In
Boatyard Inn
Ivy Breen
Cascade Custom Homes
Central Collision
The Cove
Cynthia Woerner Photography
Dentistry of Bellevue – Dr. Khurana
Domino’s Pizza
Sandy Dubpernell
Ebey Academy
John Fisken
Heather Forest
Frontier Lumber
Front Street Grill
Bruce Grim
The Honey Bear
Jersey Mike’s
Kapaws Iskreme
Michelle Kempees
Kingsman Investments
Clint Knoblich
Lavender Wind
Leann Leavitt
Little Red Hen Bakery
The Bob Martin Family
Mukilteo Coffee
New Image Salon – Joan Payne
The Oystercatcher
Penn Cove Farms
Penn Cove Outfitters Kayak Rentals
Penn Cove Taproom
Penn Cove Vet
The Pizza Factory
Prairie Bottom Farm
Salon Blue – Naomie Welshans
Seabolt’s Smokehouse
Seaside and Sylvan
The Seattle Mariners
Seattle Pacific University
The Simpson Family
Scott Smith
Willie Smith
The Steller Family
Erin Straub and Family
Sunshine Drip
Terra Firma Wealth Management
Toby’s Tavern
Amy and Valen Trujillo
Harriet Vick
Wells Fargo Banking
Wells Fargo Mortgage
Whidbey Health Gift Shop
Whidbey Island Business Group
Whidbey Island Pies
Whidbey Party Store
Winfield Design
Wright Construction

… and our CHS and CMS sports teams and their families.


Dessert Bakers:

Matthew Cook
Nikki Enters
Suzan Georges
Shannon Hamilton
Roberta Madsen
Abbie Martin
Maria Reyes
Deb Smith
Heather Tenore
Toby’s Tavern
Teresa Woods


Coupeville Booster Club Crab Feed Committee:

June Blouin
Stephanie Grimm
Fawn Gustafson
Shannon Hamilton
Wendi Hilborn
Jennifer Kellner
Mariah Knoblich
Leann Leavitt
Nate Leavitt
Alysabeth Leedy
Aaron Lucero
Jess Lucero (chair)
Abbie Martin
Bob Martin
Maria Reyes
Jon Roberts
Jeannie Sandahl
Erin Straub

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Wolf super fans Mindy and Tim Grove play all the right cards at Saturday’s Coupeville Booster Club Crab Feed. (Photos by Lucy Sandahl)

Scott Stuurmans is pumped to eat some seafood.

Brian Vick knows all the winning numbers.

Tasha and Jarrett Fiedler enjoy a night out.

Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer Emma Smith, back home from college for a few days, stops by to sign some autographs.

The guys who make the magic happen.

Coupeville High School basketball coaches Brad Sherman (left) and Scott Fox discuss game strategy while using crab claws to stand in for their players.

The freshmen members of the Crab Crew make an award-worthy debut.

Lucy Sandahl is a woman of many talents.

The Coupeville High School senior, coming off a strong final season on the volleyball court, moved behind the camera Saturday night.

The event was the annual Crab Feed put on by the Coupeville Booster Club, the biggest fundraiser for Wolf sports.

To see everything Sandahl shot, pop over to:


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All the crab-tacular details.

Time to haul out your crab-eating utensils and give them a good polishing.

The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Coupeville Booster Club goes down Saturday, Nov. 9, with a few tickets left on the open market.

The annual crab dinner and auction, which raises money for CHS sports programs, is held at the Nordic Lodge on Jacobs Rd.

Money raised goes to fund grants, scholarships, equipment and more.

Among the items people will be able to bid on are:

*Ten weeks of fresh artisanal bread from The Oystercatcher.

*Beautiful metal art created and donated from the Homecoming King’s dad or a painting party taught by his mom, who is also a talented artist.

*Power tool from Frontier Lumber.

*The (very much requested) Barrow of Beer — a wheelbarrow donated from Ace Hardware that Ron Wright lovingly fills with an amazing selection of brew.

*Condo stay at Lake Chelan.

Plus, raffles to win gift certificates to get good eats at places like Jersey Mike’s, Applebee’s, and Kapaws Iskreme.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. To see the whole parade of auction items, you have to be there in person.

To obtain a ticket, pop back up to the photo above and grab your contact info.

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