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JAMES "VERN" FOSTER, JR., 1960 - 2013

Vern Foster has been involved with Evergreen Speedway for many years. He raced a Thunder Car for a few years with WWRA beginning in 1993 and was on their board of directors. He has sponsored and done printing for WWRA ever since, and later, Saturday night racing.

 

James Lavern "Vern" Foster, Jr., 52, of Lake Stevens went peacefully to be with his Lord on Friday, July 5, 2013 after a brief fight with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends at home and had a smile on his face.

 

Vern was born in Everett, WA on September 12, 1960 to Jim (James Sr.) and Betty Foster. He grew up, and later raised his own family, in Lake Stevens, WA. Music and photography have always been his passions. From 1974 to 1978, Vern traveled around the Pacific Northwest and Canada with "The Gospelaires," singing, playing steel guitar and banjo. In 1976 he participated in a cross-country Bicentennial Celebration choir tour that ended in Washington D.C., and in 1977 he won 3rd Place in a national talent contest with his steel guitar. After graduating from Lake Stevens High School in 1978, Vern studied music theory at Northwest Bible College and later served as youth pastor and choir director for three years at Lake Stevens Assembly of God, where he was a lifelong member. Vern served on the Lake Stevens Police Department from 1982 to 1990 as a Reserve Sergeant.

 

On August 5, 1983 he married the love of his life, Donna Wiley and they had four children together over the next 13 years. Vern and Donna have owned and operated Foster Press in Lake Stevens since 1987. Their daughter Maria is now carrying on the legacy as Office Manager and third-generation Printer, with the help of the rest of the family at the shop. Vern was deeply involved in volunteering in the Lake Stevens community, including Rotarian (1992-2010), Rotary Past President (2005-2006) Rotarian of the Year, Lions Board Member (2011-Present), Chamber of Commerce Past Board Member, Aquafest Grand Marshall (2000), Sno. Co. Fire District #8 (Lake Stevens Fire) Commissioner (2007-Present), advisor for the Career & Technical Education Department at the high school, and proud sponsor of Aquafest and the NASCAR Mini Stock division at Evergreen Speedway.

 

Vern was most defined by his faith, honesty, wisdom, generosity and sense of humor. He lived by the Bible. He constantly went out of his way to serve his friends and customers and didn't seem to know how to say "no". He always had a funny story to tell or a harmless prank up his sleeve - he loved to make people smile. He will be fondly remembered wearing a plaid shirt and a grin on his face.

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