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02-06-10, 22:57
Monty And Susan Multanen
October 2, 1939 and November 20, 1941 ~ May 14, 2010

Monty and Susan Multanen, of Vancouver, Washington, died May 14, 2010 after being gunned down by their suicidal son-in-law at their daughter's home in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Monty died at the scene while Susan heroically escaped to a neighboring home and alerted authorities before succumbing to her fatal wound at a Seattle hospital.

Monty Multanen was born on October 2, 1939 to Clifford and Elena
Multanen and grew up in Clatskanie, Oregon. Monty graduated from Oregon State University with a Masters in Science. He began his career by teaching vocational agriculture at Estacada and Dayton High Schools. Monty worked for the Oregon Department of Education for 25 years - culminating as Associate State Superintendent of Schools.

He then moved to Washington and worked for the Edmonds School District in Lynnwood, WA for five years and as Dean for Health & Public Services at Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA. Finally, he served as Administrator at Firm Foundation Christian School in Battle Ground, WA for two years before retiring.

Monty loved his family and was a wonderful role model of a Christian man, husband, father, leader and friend. He enjoyed travel, kayaking, helping others, barbecuing for friends and family, and keeping up with his grandchildren's activities and sports.

He volunteered generously with Watershed Stewards in Clark County and the Salvation Army Food Bank.

Susan Multanen was born Susan Wiinikka on November 20, 1941 in
Hancock, Michigan to the late Waino and Martha Wiinikka. She lived in Chassell, Michigan for ten years and then moved to Stockton, California where she graduated from High School.

Susan graduated from Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon and worked part time as an RN for several years. In later years, she worked as a church secretary.

Susan loved her family and, like Monty, rejoiced in their beautiful grandchildren and great grandson. She enjoyed taking classes, reading, writing, sewing and handwork, creating picture albums, travel and volunteering.

Monty and Susan are survived by their four children: Eric Multanen,
Sara Myron, Richard Multanen and Debra Hinchen. Also survived by Monty's mother Elena Multanen, and siblings Sonja George, Sandy Geer, Gary Multanen and Cliff Multanen; Susan's brother Peter Wiinikka and Forever Sister Margaret Hilman. They had eleven grandhildren, one great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to: World Vision International, PO Box 70200, Tacoma, WA 98481, or Habitat for Humanity International, PO Box 1729, Americus, GA 31709-9948

Please sign their Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits.