Joel with his coho salmon caught out of Seiku, Washington
Joel grew up in Great Falls, Montana, with a fishing rod in one hand and a shotgun in the other. His father was an amateur archaeologist and my experiences with him exploring remnants of the lives of ancient people eventually led him to a 30-year career as an archaeologist and university professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. Joel loved his work and his students and continue a modest level of involvement in the discipline. His career focused on exploring the pre-European history of the arid west (Utah, Arizona, Nevada) for the most part, although he also pursued projects in Western Samoa and Jordan.
Joel working with a student in Petra, Jordan.
In 1978 I met and married Joyce Athay, who was raised in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. We were blessed with three children, a boy, David, and two girls, Jean and Renae. And they have reciprocated those blessings by producing nine grandchildren. Joyce worked as a writer and editor at BYU. We are both active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons).
As noted, Joyce is from the Northwest and her love of the area and her family resulted in spending vacation time at Cannon Beach and Seaside, Oregon, as well as the Olympic Peninsula. With our kids raised and retirement fast approaching, we made a decision to buy a place to build in the Port Townsend area. We now have a beautiful home in Cape George and my amazing wife opened her dream shop, World’s End, in 2013. Her shop continues to thrive.
My days are full with time divided among fishing, gardening, writing, helping Joyce in various shop-related tasks, and playing the guitar. I return to my Montana homeland on occasion to spend time with my brother and his family and do a little fishing and hunting. I am involved in the East Jefferson Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers group who are advocates for sustainable fishing in the Strait and Puget Sound. And I serve occasionally on our Cape George HOA Board.
And, oh yes, I love to play pickleball! It provides a way to pursue my love of racquet sports, and I truly enjoy the exercise and many friends on the court.
Janetski family gathering at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park.
Meet Club Members, Eric and Susan Seder
Photo taken in Peru
Eric and Susan Seder met on a blind date in San Francisco while he was living in New York and she was living in Boise, Idaho. The rest, as they say, is history. They ended up spending two decades in the Bay Area and raising two children, their daughter, Hayden, and their son, Anton. It was probably foreseeable that since Eric was an investment banker and Susan owned a brand new restaurant when they met, they would eventually wind up owning and running an interior design and retail store in Sun Valley, Idaho. They built a pretty decent business, largely serving the needs of the rich and famous, a great many of whom have one of their homes there. But while it is nice to have clients with taste and resources, it can also lead to being pushed and pulled too hard and in too many directions.
So, when it came time to think about retirement, they decided to look for some place that was a little more laid back and was near Olympia, where Anton lives with his wife, Shelly and daughter, Golden, who is known to all as Gogo (she is 4 years old now). Port Townsend seemed just right. It also had a newly formed Pickleball Club, which Eric found to be appealing (Susan did not yet play). So, in 2019 they sold the business and their house, loaded up the truck and moved to PT. At the time there were very few houses on the market, so they foolishly bought a long-neglected tear down prospect built in 1888 and commenced refurbishing it. The following two years were too painful to describe in a family newsletter, but if you’ve seen the movie “The Money Pit”, it was something like that but without any of the comedy.
But, while struggling through this, Susan took up Pickleball and they both managed to take off the toolbelt and pick up the paddle to play fairly often. They are both extremely appreciative of the opportunity that Pickleball presented for making friends in this wonderful community despite the general Covid-induced isolation everyone was going through.
They both love to travel, ski, hike, read and play pickleball. Susan is a jigsaw puzzle fanatic and also a constant gardener and, in fact, three of her gardens were on the Garden Tour in Sun Valley. Eric is into cooking, crosswords and building things because he didn’t learn his lesson from the Money Pit experience. Eric currently serves on the board as Director of Facilities.
Photo taken in beautiful Nepal.
We want to give a big thank you to our volunteer Stan Jonasson for taking leadership overseeing the Saturday Socials at the high school courts. Stan has been involved since PTPC's beginning; he sat on the board as member at large. You will always find Stan with a smile and being helpful in some way or another. He has a great love for the game of pickleball and we are truly thankful for all he does. It's volunteers like him and others that help make our club successful. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Susan Green at email@example.com have a handful of areas to be filled. (Photo taken by Lynn Pierle).
We want to highlight these two gentlemen, Jim Maupin (left) and Mike McCoy (right) for volunteering their time teaching indoor beginner classes at the YMCA on Fridays from 9-11am. Both men love the game and are passionate about teaching it to others. Thank you for all your time and dedication.
YOU BOTH ROCK!
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