LeeAnn I'm so sorry. Sending love to all
Wally is an icon and it started in the 1970's for myself, as I was one of many of his Strider kids. He was encouraging and gave us all a chance. He made talent with his encouragement, dedication, respect and love he gave his kids. Many of those Strider kids grew up to be amazing athletes and citizens. I'm sure the trickle effect of Wally giving so much time to kids gave the confidence for these kids to succeed early on
. I remember doing hurdles, running my first mile ( standard warm up no matter what ) and even getting 6th place at the Jesse Owens meet at Civic Field - all because of Wally and his Strider program. I saw my friends succeed and now 2017 I still run into a few at Lake Padden or with their kids/grandkikds at the All Comers Meet at Civic field.
He was also my PE coach at Whatcom Middle School, teaching us to square dance, play basketball, gymnastics etc and making us put on the awful pe uniform and shower.
I met Kileen in middle school and we became good friends with sleep overs, birthday parties, weddings etc. I remember going to their farm and being exposed to life I never knew.
Through the years, Wally has always greeted me with a huge hug and smile. He was genuine. He always wanted to get caught up with my life and when he talked about his family he always smiled as he talked about everyone and then we would get to his "adventures" I never tried the emu meat but he pioneered healthy eating too.
What a fun, funny, giving man.
I'm very sorry for your loss.
He is loved, remembered and honored by many. XOXO
My condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr. Caviness. I will remember him as a lover of all spirits, human and animal. He had a huge heart and will be missed.
Dear Kim, Lynn and Family,
I'm so sorry that I can not be to Uncle Wallys memorial. He was a very good guy. And your Obituary was heart felt Kim. Big Hugs!!! To all. My thoughts will be with you on the Memorial Day.
My heart breaks that Mr. Caviness has passed. When he and and Geisla moved to Bridgeport he hired me to clean his house. In high school he was my gymnastic coach and we had so much fun going to our tournaments. I have thought about him many times since high school. I am so sorry for your loss.
So very sorry to hear the passing of Wally Caviness. He was our teacher in Bridgeport Washington. I also was his daughters first babysitter. RIP Wally.
RIP Wally You were a great friend to our family and my daughter, Anicka, will always remember the experiences she had in competition that you gave her the preparation for.