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Robert W. Maker

Robert W. Maker, 96

Robert W. Maker, of Corvallis, Mont., passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. He was born Jan. 22, 1921, in Framingham, Mass. He was one of two children born to Clifford and Mildred Maker. His sister was Marion Copland. Robert’s wife, Berneice, passed away on June 28, 2005. He is survived by his son, Robert and his wife, Julie of Anchorage, Alaska; cousins Rosalba Norton and Donald Maker of Warwick, R.I.; sisterin- law Evelyn Rappath of Prescott, Ariz.; niece Jane Buechele of Grafton, Iowa; grandchildren Paul, Chet and Robin; 12 greatgrandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He graduated from Framingham High School, Mass., in 1938. He went to Northeastern University on a hockey scholarship. Robert joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. as a bombardier. He had more than 500 combat hours in the south pacific with the 43rd bomb group. Robert received the Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Following World War II, he completed his education at Boston University where he earned all American honors in hockey. He was selected for the 1948 Olympic Hockey team, but did not choose to go because of his coaching responsibilities at Framingham High School. He was recalled into service as a navigator for the air lift from McChord AFB, Wash., to Korea, then later stationed at Mather AFB, Calif. He met Berneice at Mather, where she was director of nurses. The couple were married Jan. 19, 1951. He was assigned to Fairchild AFB, Wash. He returned to Korea joining the 117th bomb group. Robert was a teacher and coach at Kettle Falls High School, Wash., Publicity Director for the Spokane Indians Baseball Club, Sports Editor of the Coeur d’Alene Press and Sports Information Director for the University of Idaho. He helped found the Idaho Sports Banquet and the Idaho Hall of Fame. He was an active member of the Bitterroot Chapter of Trout Unlimited and a 65-year member of the American Legion. Robert and Berneice retired in Corvallis where he tied flies and fished his beloved Bitterroot River. He was still floating the river at 75 years old. His handle is “Biterroot Bob.” A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hamilton, Mont. Urn placement will take place at Corvallis Cemetery in Corvallis. Military honors will be presented with the U.S. Air Force and the Corvallis American Legion. Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton. The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or Faith Lutheran Church.

Heather M. Owen

Heather M. Owen’s athletics career took her around the globe, however, the Idaho native still lights up when asked about her home state. Born in 1976, Owen grew up in Moscow, Idaho and is proud to have competed for the Russell Elementary School Rams, the Moscow Junior High School Cubs, and the Moscow High School Bears. During her time as a Moscow Bear (1991-1994), Owen participated in volleyball, basketball, and track and field. The Moscow High School volleyball team placed third in the A-2 State Championship during Owen’s senior year, the basketball team won the A-2 State Championship three consecutive years (1992-1994), and the track and field team won the A-2 State Championship in 1992. Owen earned a number of individual honors during her time as a Moscow Bear, including,

  • National Honor Society member
  • Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) All-American (1993, 1994)
  • Idaho’s Gatorade Player of the Year (1993, 1994)
  • Idaho High School A-2 Player of the Year (1993, 1994)
  • Converse’s Idaho Player of the Year (1994)
  • Kodak All-America Team (1994)
  • Second Team Parade Magazine All-American (1994)
  • Second Team All-American by Street & Smith’s (1994)
  • Third Team USA Today All-American (1994)
  • Earned seven titles at Idaho State Track and Field Championships (1992-1994)

o Shot Put, Discus, High Jump, and 400 Meter Relay Team Champion (1992)

o Shot Put and Discus Champion (1993)

o Shot Put Champion (1994)

  • Remains the Idaho State record holder in the shot put (48’1) and the Moscow

High School record holder in the discus (140’).

  • Gatorade Circle of Champions Track and Field Idaho Athlete of the Year (1994)

Upon graduation from Moscow High School in 1994, Owen began her career at Stanford University (1994- 1998), where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. During her time on the Farm, Owen played four years on the women’s basketball team and earned Pacific-10 (Pac- 10) Conference All-Academic honors, as well as, Stanford Athletics Department Honor Roll recognition. Owen’s teams won four Pac-10 Conference Championships while appearing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament all four years, including three Final Four appearances. During her collegiate career, Owen also competed for USA Basketball on the West Olympic Festival Team (1995) and the U.S. Select Team (1996). After graduation from Stanford, Owen was drafted by the Portland Power of the American Basketball League (ABL) (1998); played a season in Rennes, France for Avenir de Rennes of the French Federation of Basketball (1999); and spent two seasons with the Washington Mystics of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) (1999, 2000). Owen retired from professional basketball in 2001, earned her Juris Doctor (JD) from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2003, and is currently the Senior Associate Athletics Director, Development, at Stanford University. Owen credits her family for their unwavering support and guidance through the many ups and downs and life lessons imparted through sport. Her late father, Glenn, was her strongest advocate and ally; her mother, Sandra, is her biggest fan and attended the majority of her athletics contests (all while raising a family and working fulltime); and her brother, Drew, refused to cut her any slack and taught her that anything is possible. Owen is honored and humbled by her selection to the Idaho Sports Hall of Fame, and wishes to thank all those who shared in the journey (family, teammates, coaches, staff, and fans).

 

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