Mercury Northwest Silent Keys (SK)

This page is dedicated to the memory of those Mercury Northwest Members who are now Silent Keys.

John Abdon
1 Aug 1948 - 10 Apr 2015 John Clark Abdon born on August 1, 1948 in Boise, Idaho to Mary Ann Samms and William Clyde Abdon.
John earned his Master's degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City. He married Barbara Jean Plath on July 31, 1970 in Salt Lake City, UT. John worked as a Petroleum Engineer for Aramco in Saudi Arabia and he was a software engineer as well.
They moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1991 where they made their home in Bellevue. John enjoyed many hobbies and interests, including HAM Radio operator, photography, surfing, scuba diving and rock hounding. He was well known by family and friends for his great conversations, his passion for knowledge, care for the Earth and the love of his family and God.
John was preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara on June 15, 2009; their son Nathan Abdon in 2014 and his brother Bill Abdon. He is survived by eight children: Forest Abdon, Emily Abdon, McKenzie Abdon, Tyler Abdon, Tobias Abdon, Tucker Abdon, Hannah Abdon and Logan Abdon, and three grandchildren: Makai, Malia and Kayla.
David Sorensen
18 Apr 1957 - 21 May 2014 Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Hollywood Hill Ward, Bothell Washington Stake
Mel Martin
7 Mar 1944 - 13 Feb 2009 At the time of his death, Mel was the President of Mercury Northwest. Mel was instrumental in the original organization of MARA North-west back in the the early 1980s, after the Teton, Idaho dam failure and after the Mt St Helens eruption. He was also involved in some of the Mt St Helens amateur radio support operations, including manning the Johnson Ridge area where a radio amateur was lost right after he announced the beginning of the main eruption. In 2004, Mel, Even Jensen KI7JW (SK), Scott Grimmett, AK7KV the Spokane Storehouse Area Emergency Communications Specialist, and three others sat around a table and launched the efforts that got amateur radio moving in support of the Church in the area served by the Spokane Storehouse. A more complete history of Mel Martin is available in the Mercury Northwest Newsletter, Vol 2, Issue 2, Spring/Summer 2009.

Last Updated: 23 Apr 2015