Monthly Archives: September 2010

Orcas on a Wednesday

Today we rode our bike fridays around the island, exploring the roads that lead out to the ocean. One very noticable thing about the island is that most off the beach property is privately owned. It is very difficult to find beach access and there is very little walkable beach on the island because it is marked as private. It is nice here, but this aint Oregon. We rode our bikes to the north end of the island, and from the end of the road you can walk to the water, but the beach on either side of the road is private.

After the ride which included a stop for newpaper and lattes, we headed back into Moran State park, and partway up to Mt. Constitution, stopping at mountain lake.

From here we headed partway around the lake, then taking a trail that took us up the mountain to twin lakes, where we could hike completely around these two lakes as well.

That makes four lakes that we have discovered here in the park (Cascade, Mountain, and two Twin lakes) that have trails completley circumnavigating the lake shore.


The trails and facilities here are well maintained, with a mix of newer bridges, old plank trails and that incredible stonework of the CCC.

The trails to the lakes were incredibly green with moss, coverering old fallen old growth timber that have laid here undisturbed for decades.  The wide assortment of mushrooms along this trail were surprising.

A week on Orcas

We are on a week long retreat to Orcas Island.
5 hours by car and 1 by ferry, and you are in a different world.
We are lucky enough to be housed in an exceptional home.

With a view of EastSound Bay from the front porch.

And while at times it has been cloudy, it is quite warm, and only seems to rain at night. Which is why you shouldn’t leave your moon-roof open at night.

And, so far, have had two amazing dinners at restaurants where we could watch the sun set over the bay.
The first such dinner was at the Outlook Inn. Everything in town is within easy walking or biking distance.

Dr. Ed Becker

Edward S. Becker ~ September 6, 2010 – September 8, 1929


BECKER, Edward S. Edward S. Becker went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 6, 2010. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Norma Kloster Becker, his son Keith Becker, daughter-in-law Elaine Becker, daughter Kathy George, four grandchildren: Colin George, Claire George, Andrew Becker and Holly Becker, and sister Jessie Attri. He was predeceased by his 21-year-old son Alan, in 1977. Ed was born on September 8, 1929 in Bisbee, Arizona, to Otto and Fanny Hunter Becker. The family moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1945 where Ed attended the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, eventually earning his Ph.D. in Chemistry. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Ed, Norma and the family immigrated to Canada in 1966, where in 1972 he founded Econotech Services, Ltd., a company serving the pulp and paper industry world-wide, where he worked full-time as President until his mid-70’s. Econotech is still a thriving business and Ed held a special place in his heart for the employees there. Ed was an avid boater and fisherman, and spent many years enjoying the waters off the BC coast with his family and friends. Ed came to know the Lord just days before his son Alan’s death, being profoundly moved by Alan’s faith and devotion to Jesus Christ. Ed became extremely active in missions, sharing his life story in over 30 countries with Campus Crusade for Christ. Ed served on the Board for many Christian outreach organizations as well as at South Delta Baptist Church. Ed’s goal in life was to share Jesus and he would give as much of his time and personal resources as he could in order to do so. A service will be held Monday, September 13 at 2:00 pm at South Delta Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or the Delta Hospital Foundation. The family sincerely appreciates the outpouring of love, support and prayers of so many great friends. Ed (and his puns) will be sorely missed, but he is now with the Lord whom he loved and served so faithfully. Delta Funeral Home (604) 946-6040
Dr. ED BECKER President

Ed Becker is President and owner (along with wife Norma) of Econotech Services Ltd. He obtained a PhD in Forest Products Chemistry with a minor in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University in 1957. Ed had management positions in pulping and bleaching research at Rayonier R&D in Shelton, Washington, Union Camp R&D in New Jersey and Columbia Cellulose R&D in Vancouver.
Dr. Becker held the position of Technical and Environmental Director for Columbia Cellulose from 1969 to 1972. Econotech Services was formed in 1972 to take over the Columbia Cellulose Technical Centre and since then has provided technical support for pulp and paper companies worldwide. Dr. Paul Thomas was involved in the company formation and held management positions until he retired in 1987.
Ed actively managed pulping and bleaching projects and did consulting until 1998; now he works part time in the general management of Econotech. He and Norma are actively involved with several Christian organizations and enjoys boating in inland waterways as far north as Prince Rupert, B.C.


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