- Pasco High School
- Hall of Fame Archives
Hall of Fame Inductees - 2001
Howard Boothe - Class of 1967. Howard wrestled and played intramural basketball at Pasco High School. He was one of the co-founders of Pasco Court Kids, a youth basketball league, in 1980. He also helped start the Pasco Little League program. His donation of time, money, and hard work has resulted in countless youth in Pasco having the opportunity to develop the skills of sports and contributed to the growth of personal self-esteem. The appreciation of the Pasco community was shown when the Pasco Little League fields were renamed Boothe Field for Howard, and his wife, Stacy. Howard continues to donate his time and makes it possible for many young people to participate, who would not otherwise be able to do so.
Tony Dedmond graduated Pasco High in 1968. He was senior class president, member of the Key Club, member of the letterman's club, captain of the track team, and a senior prom prince. He played varsity football and excelled in track, winning league and district titles in the sprints. After graduation in 1968, Tony attended West Point where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in engineering in 1972. While at West Point, he played football and ran track, where he at one point held the world record in the 60-yard dash. He was the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of America 60 yard dash Champion three years in a row and was named Captain of the West Point Track Team in his senior year. Upon graduation from West Point, Tony served in various capacities in the Army for the next 23 years.
Mary Jane Lewis graduated in 1941 from Pasco High. Mary Jane Lewis was very active at Pasco High School, serving as editor of the yearbook, during her senior year. After graduation from Pasco High, Mary attended and graduated from Washington State University. She moved to New York City where she served as a social worker and eventually returned to the Tri-Cities. She began her career with the Tri-City Herald where she served on the editorial board. Lewis served on the Chiawana Park Board and helped head a bond drive to clean up and expand Chiawana Park. She also donates her time to the Franklin County Historical Society and serves as the co-chairperson of The Franklin Flyer. Mary also remains actively involved in the Allied Arts Festival.
Dee Sarton-Bower graduated in 1974 and began a career in broadcasting. She is an anchor woman for News Channel 7 in Boise, ID. She is the co-author of “Homemade To go, the Complete Guide to Co-Op Cooking.” She serves on many non-profit advisory boards such as the Salvation Army, The Literacy Lab, Ballet Idaho, and the Idaho Wellness Center. Bower has been honored as a White Rose recipient by the March of Dimes, and a Woman of Today and Tomorrow by the Girls Scouts. Professional awards include recognition for her reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists Idaho Press Club, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
John D. Parkhurst, Pasco High graduate of 1935, made several large contributions in the United States by being by an active leader in a cleaner environment, specifically water, before environmental concerns were nationally known. He joined the Public Health Service and served as a Lieutenant there during World War II making beach areas in California safe from mosquitoes and malaria where troops trained for the D-Day invasion. He was appointed to the Federal Water Pollution Control Advisory Board by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, and was also an advisory panel member of the National Water Commision. John was very active in the California Water and Pollution Control Association, serving as Director from 1963 to 1965. The American Public Works Association named him one of the "Top Ten Public Works Men of the Year" in 1970. John was President of the Water Enviornment Federation from 1973 to 1974 and contributed to national and federal policies for over 20 years. He won the Federation's Charles Alvin Emerson Award in 1979 for "Outstanding Service in the Collection and Treatment of Wastewater". John also served as the Chief Engineer and General Manager of the County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles, CA where his responsibilities included providing waste water treatment, reuse, and refuse disposal sites for Los Angeles County. He authored and coauthored over seventy technical articles and papers on water pollution research and served as an internation consultant on the issue of water pollution and its impact on the environment.
Paul Whitemarsh participated in student government, AAU swimming, basketball, and football during his time at Pasco High School. After graduation in 1965, he attended Eastern Washington University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with majors in physical education and psychology. Beginning in 1971, Paul worked through the Parks and Recreation Department to develop programs which have enriched peoples lives throughout the Tri Cities area. From 1972-1988 he provided leadership to the Tri-City Special Olympic program that served over 300 athletes annually. Paul was a member of 19 different committees and board that serve our community. He has received numerous individual awards for his work including a Creative Program Award and Outstanding Program Award from the Washington Recreation and Park Association. Paul helped develop a number of local events for the community included the Cable Bridge Run, Columbia Cup Basketball tournaments for boys and girls, and the Columbia Cup Volleyball tournament. In 1988 he was involved with helping bring the Washington State High School Cross Country Championships to Pasco for the first time. In 1990, Paul was recognized by the community as the Pasco Invitational Track Meet dedicee. In 2009, John retired from his position at the City of Pasco as the Recreation Services Manager, however he continues to be heavily involved in community affairs and events.