John Clifford (Skip) Lund, 85, a resident of Burlington, died unexpectedly on August 10, 2017 at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon.
Skip was a devoted husband to his wife of 64 years, Sally, and a beloved father and grandfather who was known for his kind and gentle spirit.
That warmth and ready smile was evident to all he met, a living testimonial to the God he served. Skip loved spending time with family, enjoyed long conversations over coffee (which he called “black gold”), Scandinavian delicacies at the holidays such as lutefisk and pickled herring, was a faithful churchgoer and an avid sports fan.
Skip’s pleasant demeanor shined through despite living much of his life with Multiple Sclerosis. He fought a courageous battle with MS for more than 55 years, yet never complained about his condition, even in recent years when he lost the mobility in his legs and was confined to a wheelchair.
A lifetime Skagitonian, Skip was born April 29, 1932 in Mount Vernon, the fourth child of parents John Eric Lund, a Swedish immigrant, and Elizabeth Eleanor Lund (Elde). He graduated from Union High School in Mount Vernon in 1950 and attended Seattle Pacific College for three years.
On June 27, 1953 he married the love of his life, Sally Marie Davidson, at Bethany Covenant Church in Mount Vernon. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957, including stints at Fort Ord, Calif., and Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
Returning to the Skagit Valley, Skip went to work for Shell Refinery in Anacortes, and then in 1960 was hired by Seattle First National Bank in Mount Vernon, the beginning of a 23-year career in the banking business. He served the Monroe branch of Sea-First from 1963-1965, before returning to the Skagit Valley for good to join Seattle First in Sedro-Woolley, where he would become vice president until his retirement in 1983.
Skip coached the “Mighty Mites,” his sons’ Sedro-Woolley Little League baseball team, was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Sedro-Woolley, and served on the Sedro-Woolley Housing Authority from 1982-1994. He also channeled his banking and financial expertise to serve as treasurer and other leadership positions at Bethany Covenant Church in Mount Vernon, where he and Sally were longtime members, Community Covenant Church in Clear Lake, Crossroads Covenant Church in Burlington and more recently at Central United Methodist Church in Sedro-Woolley.
Skip was preceded in his death by his parents, John and Elizabeth Lund and two brothers who died in infancy. He is survived by his wife, Sally, of Burlington, his sons Rick (Vicki) of Conway and John (Brenda) of Mount Vernon, and daughter Cindy (spouse Susan) of Vancouver, WA; grandchildren, Kent, Ryan, Krista, Colleen, Sonja and Greta; great-grandchildren, Torsten, Austin, Isaac, Ryker, Svea, Sutton and Odin; a brother, Vernon Lund of Minneapolis, MN, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 18th, at 2:00 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Sedro-Woolley, with a reception to follow.
Memorials can be made through donations to the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Seattle, or Central United Methodist Church. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.