...The Multanens raised numerous foster children along with their son, Eric, and daughter, Sara. Monty “spent his time caring for his children and grandchildren in whatever ways necessary”... He built two kayaks and liked to paddle around Lacamas Lake. Susan Multanen left a career as a registered nurse to stay home and take care of the family... "My brother and his wife were great parents and great grandparents"...
Vancouver couple victims of Gig Harbor deputy shooting
Excerpts From Article, "Retired LCC dean, wife killed in Pierce County shooting," The Daily News, By Erik Olson, May 15 2010:
A Vancouver-area man [Monty Edward Multanen] who authorities say was shot and killed by his son-in-law, a Pierce County deputy, early Saturday morning was a retired Lower Columbia College dean and Clatskanie native son... Monty Multanen began his tenure at LCC as a vocational agriculture instructor and retired as the college's dean of health and public services in 2002, LCC President Jim McLaughlin said... he also served as director of the Oregon department of vocational agriculture education... Monty Multanen grew up in Clatskanie, and his sister, Sonja George, and mother Elena Multanen still live there... Sue Multanen was a retired registered nurse in the Vancouver area, the couple raised numerous foster children along with their biological son and daughter... [Monty] Multanen also was a former administrator of the Firm Foundation Christian School in Battle Ground... "I knew Monty to be a very kind, gentle, soft-spoken man," [Jonathan] Johnson, a Battle Ground resident, said...
Excerpts From Article "Deaths at deputy's hands confound survivors," Seattle Times, May 16 2010:
Allen Myron and his father-in-law, Monty Multanen, 70, were so close that Myron named his yellow Labrador, Monty, after him. The two regularly worked on home-improvement projects together. His mother-in-law was so fond of Myron that when the couple visited from Vancouver, Wash., she brought along Little Debbies, one of his favorite snacks...
Excerpts From Article "Community mourns couple shot and killed by Pierce Co. deputy," NWCN, King5, by OWEN LEI, May 16 2010:
A community gathers this morning to remember Monty and Sue Multanen, the two people shot and killed Friday by their son-in-law, Pierce County Deputy Allen Myron. It is not easy for relatives and friends of Allen Myron's family to understand why Myron would kill his in-laws... Monty Multanen was an educational director for the Oregon Department of Education, the Edmonds School District and Lower Columbia College. Sue Multanen once worked as a nurse.
...Susan Multanen left a career as a registered nurse to stay home and take care of the family...
Excerpts From Article "Deputy's motives unclear: ‘The man’s hands that killed my grandparents were not the hands of my dad’," Sean Robinson, Kathleen Cooper and Cole Cosgrove, News Tribune, May 16 2010:
...Monty Multanen was the director of career and vocational education for the Oregon Department of Education in the 1980s. He worked for the state until the early 1990s before moving to Washington, according to his son Eric Multanen of Portland. Susan Multanen worked as a nurse when she was younger but stayed home to raise her family... Why were the Multanens at Myron’s home? Was there a family dispute that led to the shooting? Police wouldn’t say...
Excerpts From Article "Deaths at deputy's hands confound survivors," Seattle Times, May 16, 2010:
Allen Myron and his father-in-law, Monty Multanen, 70, were so close that Myron named his yellow Labrador, Monty, after him... "We are supposed to grieve together and suffer each other's burdens," [Fox Island Alliance ChurchPastor Andy] Snodgrass asked his flock to be tight-lipped
about the tragedy and especially "not to talk about family matters outside of the family"...
...Monty spent most of his time in his garden...
Excerpts From Article "Vancouver couple target of Gig Harbor bullets," KATU News, By Meghan Kalkstein, May 16 2010:
A top Oregon school official and his wife are murdered, and police say their son-in-law pulled the trigger... This husband and wife lived in a quiet neighborhood tucked back off Vancouver's Northeast 162nd Avenue – a neighborhood where the couple even left neighbors notes when they left town. This time, however, Sue and Monty Multanen didn't tell anyone before the trip that took their lives... We spoke to the couple's son Eric by phone Saturday. He said his dad worked for the Oregon Department of Education for a number of years, and his mom was a nurse at one point. They were both enjoying their retirement years in their Clark County home before this tragedy. "You might say they were the perfect neighbors," said one of their Vancouver neighbors, Conrad Geiger. In this quaint neighborhood, homeowners said Sue and Monty were always helpful. "He was just a really super, friendly person," Geiger said. They said Monty spent most of his time in his garden. It's something Kenneth Creek watched grow as he lived next door for more than a decade. And when his neighbors would go out of town, Creek said Monty always brought over two items: freshly cut flowers, and a note detailing where they were going and how to get a hold of their two children. It's something they did every time, Creek said, except their most recent trip to Gig Harbor. He shows us one recent note, reading "Sue and Monty are in San Marcos, CA, Nov. 3-7. Home Saturday evening." Without a note, when Creek heard the news, "I couldn't believe it," he said. "I was sort of stunned"... Kenneth Creek said he can't believe his neighbors are gone forever. He still can't figure out why they left, this time, without leaving him a note. "It was a really unexpected thing for these people," Creek said, "because they were just nice people"...
Excerpts From Article "Murder-suicide victims from Vancouver remembered fondly," Columbian, By Bob Albrecht, May 17 2010:
...The Multanens raised numerous foster children along with their son, Eric, and daughter, Sara. Monty “spent his time caring for his children and grandchildren in whatever ways necessary,” said Eric Multanen, 46, of Portland. He built two kayaks and liked to paddle around Lacamas Lake. Susan Multanen left a career as a registered nurse to stay home and take care of the family, said Eric Multanen. Recently, she served a stint as a secretary at East Park Church in Vancouver...
...They were both enjoying their retirement years in their Clark County home before this tragedy. "You might say they were the perfect neighbors"...
Excerpts From Article "It's sad, truly shocking, and it's hit home," KBOI2, Michael Calcagno, May 15/17 2010:
..."My brother and his wife were great parents and great grandparents." Gary [Multanen, Monty's brother] said his brother had two kids and two adopted kids. Gary will head to Washington tomorrow to be with his niece Sarah, now the single mother of four kids who have all lost their dad, grandpa and grandma.... Saturday in an exclusive television interview with KBOI-TV Gary Multanen said his brother had been helping his son-in-law with money during the leave. Adding more mystery and confusion, says Gary, to this seemingly inexplicable violence.
Excerpts From Article "Monty and Susan Multanen Killed in Gig Harbor Shooting Incident," The Clatskanie Chief, May 19 2010:
Monty Edward Multanen, 70, who grew up in Clatskanie and visited often with relatives here, and his wife Susan Mary Elisabeth (Wiinikka) Multanen, 68, were killed Friday, May 14, in Gig Harbor, Wash... A private graveside service for Monty and Susan Multanen will be held Monday, May 24, at Murray Hill Cemetery in Clatskanie. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Crossroads Community Church, 7708 NE 78th St., Vancouver...
Monty Edward Multanen
Former Clatskanie resident, 70
The Daily Astorian
5/20/2010 11:35:00 AM
Monty Edward Multanen, 70, of Vancouver, Wash., formerly of Clatskanie, died Friday, May 14, 2010, in Gig Harbor, Wash. He was born Oct. 2, 1939, in Clatskanie, to Clifford Edward and Elena Margaret (Johnson) Multanen. His mother survives, residing in Clatskanie. His father preceded him in death. On June 23, 1962, he married Susan Mary Elisabeth (Wiinikka) Multanen in Clatskanie. She also died Friday, May 14, 2010. He is survived by two sons, Eric Multanen of Portland and Richard Multanen of San Diego; two daughters, Sara Myron of Gig Harbor and Debbie Hinchen of Salem; two brothers, Gary and Cliff Multanen of Boise, Idaho; two sisters, Sonja George of Clatskanie and Sandy Geer of Alaska; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 23 at Groulx Family Mortuary, 25381 Wonderly Road in Rainier. Interment will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, May 24 at Murray Hill Cemetery in Clatskanie. A memorial will follow at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Crossroads Community Church, 7708 N.E. 78th St. in Vancouver. Groulx Family Mortuary in Rainier is in charge of the arrangements.
Susan Mary Elisabeth Multanen
Former Clatskanie resident, 68
The Daily Astorian
5/20/2010 11:34:00 AM
Susan Mary Elisabeth Multanen, 68, of Vancouver, Wash., formerly of Clatskanie, died Friday, May 14, 2010, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She was born Nov. 20, 1941, in Hancock, Mich., to Wayne Henry and Martha Elisabeth (Kolehmainen) Wiinikka. Her parents preceded her in death. On June 23, 1962, she married Monty Edward Multanen in Clatskanie. He also died Friday, May 14, 2010. She is survived by two sons, Eric Multanen of Portland and Richard Multanen of San Diego; two daughters, Sara Myron of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Debbie Hinchen of Salem; a brother, Peter Wiinikka of Hillsboro; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Wiinikka. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 23 at Groulx Family Mortuary, 25381 Wonderly Road in Rainier. Interment will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, May 24 at Murray Hill Cemetery in Clatskanie. A memorial will follow at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Crossroads Community Church, 7708 N.E. 78th St. in Vancouver. Groulx Family Mortuary in Rainier is in charge of the arrangements.
Excerpts From Article "Benefit for widow of sheriff's deputy who killed in-laws, himself," The News Tribune - Lights & Sirens, , May 20 2010:
Local caterers and event planners are holding a barbecue cook-off and carnival benefit for the widow of a Pierce County Sheriff's deputy who killed his in-laws before fatally shooting himself. The benefit will take place Tuesday, June 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Eventco Field in Fife, 7213 45th St. Ct. E. Ticket sale proceeds will benefit Sara Myron and her four children... Tickets will be $20 for adults and $5 for children, with kids younger than five free of charge. For more information, visit http://www.tacomanace.net.
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