Raymond J. Thygesen died Sept. 21, 2019, at his home in Trout Lake. He was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1937, and was the eldest of Hans and Marie Thygesen’s seven children. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Portland, Ore., and earned a degree in engineering at the University of Portland.
His work in seafood canning and the nuclear power industry took him across the country. He and his first wife, Sandi, lived in 23 homes in a total of 18 towns, from Oregon and Washington to Texas, Pennsylvania, and California.
Before retiring, Ray was a climb leader and Nordic ski instructor for the Portland Mazamas, as well as a hike leader both for the Mazamas and the Intermountain Alpine Club of the Tri-Cities. In 2002 he and Sandi moved to Trout Lake, where Ray became a member and president of the Mount Adams Nordic Ski Club, as well as a non-motorized member of the Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Snowmobile Advisory Committee.
He worked to maintain local winter recreation, partly through promoting Trout Lake’s Cabin Fever Festival. He was also a founding member of Friends of Mount Adams. For 10 years he headed the annual Trout Lake Fair; and until earlier this year, he was a leading member of both the Klickitat County Senior Advisory Board and the Advisory Council for the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington. He also founded and headed Trout Lake Care, an organization dedicated to helping the elderly and those in need though community dinners, home assistance, and the loan of mobility equipment.
Ray is survived by his second wife, Marjorie Burns; his sister Mary; children Mary Anne, William, Thomas, Joseph, and Robert; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. His first wife, Sandi, died in 2012 and his daughter, Teresa, in 2009.
There will be a memorial for Ray at the Trout Lake Presbyterian Church on Nov. 2, 2019, at 2 p.m.