A quick check of the School District’s history book, reveals the fact that he’s only the second Steilacoom-educated “local” to serve on the Board, since Lenore Rogers’ late 1970’s term.
Kevin was eight years old when his Air Force family moved to the area. He attended Cherrydale Elementary and then Steilacoom Grade School. Because Steilacoom High hadn’t been built, Kevin graduated in 1979 from Lakes High School, specializing in the school’s Industrial Arts courses.
A 40-year resident, he and his wife, Pam, have been married for 25 years. Two of their children, Aaron and Jackie, both graduated from SHS. The youngest daughter, Jennifer, is a sophomore at SHS. Kevin’s a volunteer advisor for the FFA program she initiated this past year at the school.
He is best known for his mechanic abilities—repairing everything from boat engines, carpentry, along with an appreciation for local history.
“I once slept in the Bair Store during the first go-round on its restoration and helped with the initial Orr Home project,” he says.
Besides tinkering with things, and keeping his own home in good repair, he enjoys fishing.
The majority of his work has been water focused, beginning at Steilacoom Marina at age 14, followed by seven years for Steilacoom Marine Services. For the past 23 years, he’s owned and operated Kevin’s Mobile Marine Services.
The new board member is a standard bearer for renewed vocational training at the high school and promises to work to restoring those kinds of programs.
Today’s students definitely need to be well rounded, he explains, saying that focusing solely on one career path isn’t realistic. It won’t help much, given the current economic situation.
Working to preserve the Saltar’s Point Elementary wetland area—part of “the lost end of town”—an area he knows well from his youth—was another priority.
Besides serving on the Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, Kevin also is on the District’s Levy Committee. Details about the Levy can be found at (will include details)
There’s a lot ahead for the Board, he says, from the search for a permanent superintendent to ensuring a good school maintenance program, and, eventually, a new role for old Steilacoom School.