LYNNWOOD- Mitchell C. Aho, age 52, passed away on Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer almost eight years ago. He was born on April 14, 1956, in Ilwaco, the youngest of four children born to Melvin and Patricia Aho.
He excelled in both sports and academics in high school and still holds the junior high pole-vaulting record at his alma mater, Naselle High School. He played quarterback and was a point guard for the Naselle basketball team making it to state three out of the four years.
Mr. Aho was a lifelong member of the Naselle Congregational United Church of Christ. He graduated from Washington State University (WSU) in 1979 with a degree in business, specifically in real estate appraisal, and had a lifelong passion for the real estate field. While at WSU his best friend introduced him to his wife Kathy and they enjoyed "27 glorious years" of marriage!
He worked for King County as an appraiser for a number of years before changing to head appraiser at Benjamin Franklin. He then was in-house appraiser for U.S. Bank before starting his own appraisal business, A & D Appraisal in Lynnwood. For the last 10 years he has worked as a ReMax agent for ReMax Northwest in Bothell.
Activities he enjoyed included golf, waterskiing, baseball, pinochle, classic cars, coaching little league and his daughters' baseball and basketball teams. He was a lifelong "Coug" and one of the highlights of his life was being able to attend the 2003 Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena. He was also able to enjoy an annual golfing vacation with his siblings and their spouses and treasured those wonderful memories of time spent with his brothers and sister.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Kathy; daughters, Alicia and Brianna; his mother and stepfather, Pat and George Vernon of Naselle; brothers Tim, Randy and Phil; his one-of-a kind sister, Mindy; his brothers-in-law, Mark and Brian Dunlap and sister-in-law, Heidi Inglis also considered him their brother. His father Melvin preceded him in death. He also leaves behind his beloved black labs Cairo and Macy.
He cared deeply for his family and friends and this unselfish man's passing has left a huge void in all of our lives.
A memorial will be held on Monday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 6511-176th SW in Lynnwood and the following day a graveside service will be held at noon in Naselle at Peaceful Hill Cemetery with a memorial service following at 1 p.m. at the Naselle Congregational United Church of Christ, 14 Parpala Road. Remembrances can be made to The Mitch Aho Baseball Memorial, Comet Booster Club, c/o Pat Vernon, P. O. Box 205, Naselle, WA 98638.
Arrangements are by Beck's Funeral Home in Edmonds.