1935 Terry 2021

Terry King

March 3, 1935 — September 14, 2021

Terry King, 86, of Ocean Park, Washington, died on September 14, 2021. A Public Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, May 21st, 1pm at The Beach Barons Car Clubhouse at Wilson Field, Ocean Park 98640. Terry was born March 3, 1935 in Longview, to Irene and Robley King, their only child. He attended Kelso High School, later attending LCJC and graduating in 1957. In August of 1958, he joined the Army to serve his country, and in 1959, he deployed to Germany where he spent the rest of his active military obligation traveling all over the nation shooting in pistol matches after joining the Pistol Team in 1960, and earning his Gold Medal Marksman twice in his military career in both rifle and pistol. He was also a decorated member of the National Guard. Post military service, in 1964, he left Washington State for San Jose State College in California where he majored in Industrial Arts, graduating in 1967. He taught at SJS for three years, and received an M.A. in Industrial Arts Education in 1968, going on to earn a secondary teaching credential in 1970, leading him to working as a substitute teacher until 1972. He stayed on at the Juvenile Court Schools of Santa Clara County for over 20 years, retiring in 1993 due to health problems. After living in the "land of fruits and nuts", as he lovingly called it, since 1964, he decided to move back home to Washington and put down roots in Ocean Park, where he lived until his passing. He had a love for automobiles, beyond his love for women- building a garage that would house his over 30 beloved cars from antiques to classics, everything amazing in between. The biggest part of his collection for some time was the VW, but that didn't stop from expanding his interests into the strangest autos, like the ones designed to race the Salt Flats. Near the end of his life, his hands down favorite car was the Model A. Terry is survived by three daughters; Kimi West of Ferndale, Washington, Sandi Glenn of Keizer, Oregon, Jewell Middleton Prins of Chewelah, Washington; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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