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Dolores and Dave Engle. (All photos courtesy Engle family)

Dolores Engle was my friend.

And, if she knew you, she was your friend, too, because she had the kind of heart and soul where she made friends fast and kept them forever.

She and her husband Dave, who’s pretty darn friendly himself, have had an immeasurable impact on our community over the years.

When I inducted the duo into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, they went in as the “Mom and Dad of Wolf Nation,” and the description fits perfectly.

Dolores will be greatly missed, but her deeds, her rock-solid belief in her faith, and her enduring kindness remain.

She was our friend, and will always be.

 

From her family:

Dolores Leilani (Harper) Engle of Coupeville passed away in Bothell, WA on February 5, 2021, surrounded by her family.

Dolores was born on December 18, 1938 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

As the oldest child of a Navy family, she moved many times in her early life — including Texas, Virginia, Rhode Island, Florida, and California — before moving to Coupeville in 1951.

She was part of the high school drill team, as well as many other clubs.

She graduated from Coupeville High School in 1956 and moved to help on her parents’ farm in Eltopia, WA, where she also attended business college and worked at the Water District Farm Bureau Office.

Dolores and David Engle were married in Coupeville on June 20th, 1959.

They began married life in Puyallup, WA, where Dolores worked for a car dealership and school district, the first of many bookkeeping and office manager jobs throughout her career.

In 1968, Dolores and Dave moved back to Coupeville, where she worked at Dean’s Chevrolet, right across from Prairie Center.

In 1976 they moved to Anaheim, CA, where she entered full-time ministry as a pastor’s wife and church secretary at Plaza Bible Church.

In 1992, they moved back to Coupeville, where they have lived ever since.

Wherever she lived, Dolores was always very involved with the church — teaching Sunday school and Bible study, organizing children’s church and church bulletin boards, running the snack distribution at Vacation Bible School, as well as singing in various choirs, including the Billy Graham crusade choirs.

Dolores was known for her gentleness and big hugs, and her signature greeting, “Good Morning,” regardless of the time of day.

She was an accomplished and creative seamstress who was able to create made to order wedding, prom, homecoming and other formal dresses.

Not only could she sew, but she also crocheted intricate patterns into doilies, cross-stitched tapestries, knitted baby blankets and sweaters, and could make any costume requested out of home-goods on hand.

Dolores made these vintage cheerleader skirts for athletes coached by her daughter Sylvia.

Dolores was a voting poll site coordinator/registrar and loved volunteering her time to help secure voting booths.

She made family dinners and church potlucks festive with pies, banana and zucchini breads, snickerdoodles, casseroles, and her signature blackberry jam for rolls, along with her gigantic, yummy salads.

She loved reading, puzzles, crosswords, and word searches.

Dolores was quite mechanically-minded and able to fix or build most projects. The kids all knew to ask Mom — not Dad — for help when building all things!

Dolores enjoyed traveling to see family each summer — to take care of new-born grandchildren, see the Holy Lands in Israel, explore the state of Alaska, have tea in London and see the crown jewels; and to Disneyland (countless times) with all of her grandkids, where she patiently volunteered to take the youngest (whomever it was at that time) on their favorite ride over and over while the older children raced around.

Grandma always had time for her grandbabies.

Retirement was not in her vocabulary as she kept busy making breakfast for the worship team (French toast casserole, anyone?), last minute alterations for anyone in sewing distress, caring for grandchildren by babysitting or driving them to and from activities, taking lead on Dave’s recoveries from various surgeries, maintaining household chores, attending Coupeville and Orange Lutheran High School events, cheering on grandkids at little league games in Bothell, donating/volunteering/supporting at local theater events, and also keeping up with friends from near and far through phone calls, letters, or notes.

Even as dementia progressed, and Alzheimer’s took hold, Dolores’s delight in being around her family and interacting with her grandchildren created bright and lasting memories in her final days.

Dolores’s life was defined by a deep faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and she shared his love with everyone she met.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Jewel (Johnston) Harper and her brothers, Curtis and Charles.

Dolores is survived by her husband, David Engle; daughters, Sylvia (Engle) Arnold, Shannon (Engle) Arnold, Stephanie (Engle) Penrod and Sarah (Engle) Viers; sons-in-law, Garrett Arnold, Lance Arnold, Isaiah Penrod, and Tim Viers; ten grandchildren, Scott Arnold, Courtney (Arnold) Sleister, Brett Arnold, Luke Arnold, Jacob Arnold, Victoria Penrod, Andrew Penrod, Noelle Viers, Lyal Viers, and Reagan Viers; two great-grandchildren, Maddison Arnold and Maximus Sleister (and another baby girl expected in April); sister, Pamela Blevins; and sister-in-law, Charlotte Harper; and numerous nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held privately due to pandemic restrictions.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project: woundedwarriorproject.org or The Gideons International: gideons.org.

The Mom and Dad of Wolf Nation, with their real-life daughters.

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Cole

   Chris Tumblin (top left, in shades) is joined by (clockwise) Dolores and Dave Engle and Cole and Morgan Payne.

Let the fireworks explode.

We’re kicking off 2017 with a robust group of inductees as we welcome the 80th class into the Coupeville Sports Hall of Fame.

Two brothers who were quiet warriors through good times and bad, the unofficial mom and dad of Wolf Nation and the only local coach to have won a state title all come together for this landmark New Years Day induction.

So, with that, we welcome Dolores and Dave Engle, Morgan and Cole Payne and Chris “Rumblin” Tumblin to our little digital wonderland.

After this you’ll find the five-pack up at the top of the blog, under the Legends tab.

We’re kicking things off with the Engles, who are among the most faithful, and good-natured, Wolf fans in all the land.

If there’s a fundraiser, the duo are there to support it.

If there’s a game, they will be in the stands, especially if one of their many children or grandchildren are involved.

And yet, it’s pretty safe to say that Dolores and Dave view everyone in town as their unofficial family, and treat everyone with a rare kindness, whether related by blood or not.

Over the course of Coupeville Sports 52-month run, they have been as supportive of my work as anyone, and their quiet words of praise, always delivered with a smile, have meant a great deal to me.

Especially since it has come from two people who I have a great deal of respect for myself.

The idea of inducting Dave Engle sprang from former CHS football coach Tony Maggio, but I knew Dave needed to go in alongside his wife.

It is truly a thrill to honor Mr. and Mrs. Engle, for all that they have done for our school and town and for simply putting a smile on all of our faces every day.

Joining them in the Hall are the Payne brothers, who, as much as any athletes I have covered, exemplify putting hard work, dedication and love of team ahead of personal accomplishment.

Morgan was a standout basketball and baseball player, a blue collar guy on the hard-court and a hit machine with a slick glove on the diamond.

He was a key member of the 2010 Central Whidbey Little League junior baseball squad that won a state title (under the guidance of Tumblin) and went on to craft a stellar high school career.

The elder Payne brother didn’t waste much time talking when it was time to play, but his actions spoke loud enough to be heard all across the prairie.

Of all his many accomplishments, my favorite will always be the day he dashed home from second, sliding through a wall of half-frozen mud to lift CHS to a wild, come-from-behind extra innings win over Nooksack Valley.

That afternoon was the most brutal affair I have endured on the prairie (and yes, I was stupidly wearing shorts…), full of howling wind, cold, slicing rain and an improbable 9-8 Wolf win.

As Morgan slid past the tag and whacked his hand on the plate, it signaled more than a victory.

It meant the seven fans still in attendance after four ungodly hours of frozen Hell were free, free at last, thank God almighty. Morgan Payne — my hero, always.

His younger brother was more talkative (at least in public), a slick-talkin’, fast-walkin’, big-game-winnin’ supernova who overcame 22,089 injuries to shine as a football, tennis and baseball star.

Cole was a missile on the gridiron, launching himself airborne in a mad quest to separate ball carrier from ball, and it was that wild man attitude that may have cost him a chunk of his prep career.

He was a superb hoops player who never got to play for CHS, as frequent football injuries conspired to prevent him from pulling on a basketball jersey.

Payne made up for it by bringing his A-game to the diamond, where he capped his career by earning 1A Olympic League MVP honors last spring.

It was a fitting tribute to the slugging catcher who led Coupeville to its first baseball league crown since 1990.

Our final inductee, Tumblin, is already in the Hall as a contributor, for a superb string of quotes. Today, though, he gets the big call-up, honored for his work as a baseball coach.

Many know him for his years as Willie Smith’s right hand man in the dugout at CHS, but it’s hard to top being a state champ.

Pulling together a rag-tag bunch of youngsters (OK, they were actually pretty talented and formed the core of Coupeville baseball for years to come), Tumblin shocked the little league world in 2010.

While many of Central Whidbey’s foes drew from much larger regions, allowing them to have true all-star teams, the prairie diamond men never flinched, pulling off one come-from-behind win after another.

Through it all, the man who kept the future Wolves on point was the laid-back EMT with the sly wit, a man who knew when to praise and when to prod his young charges.

Whether Central Whidbey was stumblin’ or rumblin’ that year, they couldn’t have had a better coach than Tumblin.

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The transformation of Jacob Zettle. (John Fisken photos)

The transformation of Jacob Zettle. (John Fisken photos)

Some kids you just root for harder.

In the time that I’ve known Jacob Zettle, I have been nothing but impressed. Every day, in every way.

The Coupeville High School junior, who celebrates a birthday today, has not had an easy life, and yet he seems to greet each day with a huge smile, intent on doing his best and spreading joy wherever he goes.

Zettle has taken huge strides on both the football field and baseball diamond in recent months, both a testament to a growth spurt and to the hard work he puts in on a regular basis.

Every time I see him play I see a coach’s dream — a young man who listens intently, soaks up knowledge and puts out maximum effort on every play, regardless of the score.

I also see a guy who is a loyal, supportive teammate, vocal in his efforts to spur on his classmates, while always coming across as friendly, soft-spoken, highly intelligent and accessible off the field.

Jacob is a rarity, someone who you never hear a bad word about.

People genuinely like him, whether they be coaches, teammates, fans or random people walking by, and it reflects well on a young man who has embraced positivity in his life.

He is devout in his faith and it is obvious it is not merely passed down from his family, but something he has embraced as his own, a vital part of his everyday life.

I have no doubt Jacob makes his grandparents, Gary and Suzanne, very proud, and he should.

They have done a superb job raising him, and he is a young man well on his way to accomplishing grand things.

So, the day before he helps the Wolves face off with Bellevue Christian on the gridiron, we want to pause and take a moment.

To wish him happy birthday yes, but also to let him know what everyone thinks — Mr. Zettle, you are a class act, and we, as a community, are blessed to count you as one of us.

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Jacob Zettle (John Fisken photo)

Jacob Zettle (John Fisken photo)

The kid might have the biggest smile in Wolf Nation.

Even after taking a baseball to the face and getting all busted up last season, Jacob Zettle had the grin back on his face by the next time he returned to visit his teammates in the CHS dugout.

Mr. Zettle, who turns 16 today, plays football and baseball for Coupeville High School (previously he was a swimmer), but his impact goes far beyond those two fields.

He comes across as one of those guys who it’s always easy to root for, because he brings a mix of friendliness and joy to everything he does.

Whether he’s playing, or up in the press box running things during a game, he dives head-first into everything he does.

Which might be why he got whacked in the face by that pitch…

I kid. I kid. Next time, duck.

Jacob just seems like a quality guy, one who is deeply committed to his faith (through Coupeville’s Living Hope Foursquare Church), his family, his friends and his teammates.

He meets and greets everyone with a huge smile and an open spirit, and we just want to return the favor on his cake day.

Happy birthday, Jacob.

May your day shine as brightly as you do.

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Jacob Zettle

Jacob Zettle

“I wanted to play a sport and baseball looked fun!”

Coupeville High School freshman Jacob Zettle is the kind of athlete every coach looks forward to having on their team.

Bright, outgoing, in love with the game and willing to hustle 24/7 in an effort to get better every game, every practice.

“I am glad I have the opportunity to be on this team,” Zettle said. “I enjoy all aspects of the game.

“I love being able to play with a team of great guys and being coached well,” he added. “It is a sport I really like.”

Having swum in Oak Harbor for three years, this is his first time competing as a Wolf, and he’s already made an impact.

His running catch in right to end an inning against the Blaine JV was hailed by CHS coach Willie Smith as one of the highlights of the season.

While he’s thrilled to make big plays, Zettle won’t stop tweaking his game.

“I feel my strengths are having a good attitude, being eager to learn, giving my all, and being an encourager,” he said. “I thank God for these skills.

“I need to work on all aspects of the game because it is my first season,” Zettle added. “My goal for this season is to get better and stay humble in doing so.”

Away from the ball field, he enjoys his math class (“I like math in general”) and likes to golf, fish, play guitar, do archery and attend youth group at Coupeville’s Living Hope Foursquare church.

He intends to play football in the fall and says the support he gets both at home and while worshiping has been vital to his growth.

“My grandparents, Gary and Suzanne Zettle, have always been there for me and loved me, helping me become who I am today,” he said.

“Pastors Garrett and Sylvia Arnold, Scott, Courtney and Brett (Arnold), along with my younger brother Jerry, have also had important impacts on my life with their counsel, friendship, love and support, helping to make me the young man I am today.”

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