The Montesano High School Hall of Fame should get considerably more crowded on Nov. 2, when a bevy of athletes join longtime teacher Diana Smith and distinguished alumni Jim Jonassen and Pat Clemons for induction at ceremonies slated for the high school commons.
A social hour is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 and the ceremonies planned for approximately 8 p.m. Prime rib and chicken entrees will be offered. Admission is $25 per person. Reservations may be obtained by phoning the Montesano High School athletics office at (360) 249-1665. On the athletic side, four former athletes, a track relay foursome, a basketball team and a coach will be inducted.
Ex-Bulldog athletes Ernie Furnia, Archie “Clem” McCallum, Marv Zillyett and Shelly Pascoe, the 1950 Monte basketball team and former Montesano coach Aldo Anderson will be honored. Furnia and Anderson are deceased.
Pascoe was also part of a Bulldog state championship girls 4x400 relay team that will be inducted. Similarly, McCallum was a member of the 1950 basketball team that will be honored.
A former teacher and librarian in the Montesano School District, Pat Clemons has long been active in community affairs. A charter member of the Chehalis Valley Historical Society and a longtime member of the Friends of the Library, she received the Montesano Lions Club Citizen of the Year award in 1994 and a similar honor from the Montesano Chamber of Commerce in 2008. She has also received service awards from the library, Olympic View Grange and Monte Health & Rehab.She received the Preservation Award from the Chehalis Valley Historical Society in 2004.
In July of 2011, for what was believed to be the first time in the town’s history, Montesano officials awarded a “key to the city ” to Pat Clemons — the local historian andcivic activist who, community leaders said, “embodies the town’s spirit and is a symbol of its history.”
“I am not presenting this to her because she is old,” said then-mayor Ron Schillinger. “Or to get re-elected. Or for a better grade in school. I am presenting it to her because she is truly a celebrity. She is a dignitary. She is a hero to me. And in my book, she is a real star. She loves the City of Montesano. When she begins to talk, people listen.”
Clemons grew up on the Clemons Ranch outside of Montesano. Her grandfather owned and ran the Clemons Logging Co. She graduated from Montesano High School in 1944 and earned a teaching degree from Central Washington University in 1949. She earned master’s degrees in education and library studies from the University of Hawaii. She taught seventh-graders for 20 years in Montesano and later became a librarian.
Diana Smith is in her 33rd year teaching elementary school in Montesano.
After two years at Simpson Elementary, she spent two years as a kindergarten teacher at Beacon Elementary and the next 27 instructing first-graders at Beacon (including five years in a combined first-second grade program). Since last year, she has served as a Title I reading and math interventionist at Beacon. Smith was honored as Montesano Teacher of the Year in 1998.
Jim Jonassen is one of the nation’s foremost architects in health care design. His designs have included major projects for the University of Washington Medical School, Virginia Mason and Children’s Hospital in Seattle and the Mayo Clinic. He’s won scores of awards in his profession and has published in scores of periodicals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Washington and a master’s from Columbia University.