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Born:November 28, 1960
Walla Walla, Washington
Died:October 2, 2004
Kennewick, Washington

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The peace of the earth be with you,
The peace of the heavens too.
The peace of the rivers be with you,
The peace of the oceans too.
Deep peace falling over you,
God's peace growing in you...

Wayne William Soper, aged 43, died at his home on October 2nd, 2004, after a courageous battle with colon cancer. His family is very proud of the strength and dignity Wayne showed throughout his illness: he rarely complained, always had a smile for everyone, and endured his treatments and operations in order to spend another day with his wife and son, or enjoy another fishing trip with the boys. He will be remebered as a kind and fun-loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend - as well as the caretaker of several kitties and his beloved dog Lucy.

A native of Walla Walla, Wayne attended Whitman College for two years before transferring to Western Washington State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in geology in 1988. In 2000, he also completed a master's degree in business at Washington State University, Tri-Cities. He worked for ten years as a hydro-geologist for the Washington State Department of Ecology's Nuclear Waste Program. Wayne's avocations were equally important to him. A one time commercial fisherman in Alaska, he became a fly fishing enthusiast, who made his own rods and tied his own flies. He was an accomplished downhill skier, a helpful handyman, and an avid reader of mysteries as well.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Laura Soper; his son, Grayson Soper; his parents, William and Edna Soper; his sisters, Virginia Tollenaere and Lynne Vieth; his brothers-in-law, Homer Tollenaere and Richard Vieth; and his nephews, Lawrence Tollenaere and Brian Vieth. The whole family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses who took such good care of Wayne. A memorial service will be held at the Mountain View Funeral Chapel in Walla Walla on October 15th, 2004, at 3:00 p.m. In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Graysen W. Soper's College Fund at any branch of Bank of the West.
Wayne and Dave's big catch; Plymouth, WA
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Skiing with Wayno!
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Priest Lake "toy" (see Personal Notes)
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Wayne From P.L..htm

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Added by Dave Winn

Wayne had a wonderful way of focusing his attention upon you. I was only a friend through my brother-in-law Randy Scholl, and not close to Wayne. However, whenever we would meet, Wayne was intently interested in what I had to say. It made me feel accepted and acknowledged. What a tremendous gift to give another person...your attention. What a good man Wayne was. Graysen if you try to be like your Dad, you'll be a sucess in whatever you do.
Added by Michael Lasher

Correction: The photo captioned "Priest Lake 'toy'" corresponds to the email, "Wayne from P.L.," which was contributed by me (not anonymously) and can be accessed at Memorabilia rather than here at Personal Notes. Wayne had a wonderfully dry sense of humor, even about his illness, which I wanted you to hear in his own words....
His sister, Lynne

Added by Lynne Vieth

Today I came across my "Wayne" file and read every one. I was overwhelmed with smiles and sadness. Wayne's genuine love and concern for others was so evident. Every email I received from him graciously gave me an update on his life/health, but he always spent more time asking about my health/family/life. I think he is the most unselfish person I've ever known. He will always live in the hearts of the Mercado family. Laura and Graysen, our hearts are with you now and forever.
Added by Shari Bjorn

I remember Wayne for his words of wisdom through jubilant and tough times alike. Our friendship transcended blood lines and generational barriers. Wayne had a knack for mediation, perhaps because he could not help but be loved by all. I cherish every memory of my uncle, and I know that for every moment that was taken from us, something he said or did will inspire us to overcome our own obstacles. In memory of my uncle, friend, and eternal motivation, we love you Wayne. You are forever with us.
Added by Lawrence Tollenaere
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