Ronald Carpenter

Ronald Carpenter
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Ronald Carpenter

Mailing Address:

5423 Kipsun Lane SW
Olympia, WA 98512-7937

Phone: 360-943-8698

Spouse: Carol Lewiston High School Class of 1965


Matt (1972)
Jeff (1976)
Kim (1982)


Jasper Smith (2009)
Finnegan Smith (2011)
Daphne Smith (2013)
Colton Carpenter (2019)

2014 Reunion News:

In the last 50 years since high school, I have worked for and worked as the following:

After High School, while in college, during the summers I worked at the local green pea processing plants, the first summer at Smith’s Frozen Foods, then next store at what later became Twin City Foods. After graduating from the U of I Law School in 1970, my first job as an attorney was as an Army Captain, Judge Advocate General’s Corp (JAGC), starting with a special assignment with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco, CA, then on to JAGC School in Charlottesville, VA during the fall of 1971. Then spent two years plus at Fort Huachuca, AZ and then finished my tour of duty at Fort Lewis, WA.

Got out of the Army September 29, 1974, and moved to Colfax, WA. On October 1, 1974, I started as the Whitman County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney; ten months later I was appointed Prosecuting Attorney/Ex-Officio County Coroner, a position I was elected to and twice re-elected to. In the spring of 1984, I resigned as Prosecutor, and became a partner in the Colfax Law Firm of Hickman, Webster, Ensley and Carpenter. Stayed with the law firm for six year, and during part of that time was the part-time Colfax Municipal Court Judge, and also a very frequent Judge Pro Tem in the Whitman County District Court.

April 17, 1990 I moved to Olympia, WA where I was appointed Deputy Clerk/Chief Staff Attorney for the Washington State Supreme Court. On January 1, 2007, I was appointed as Clerk of the Court, and continue to serve in that capacity.

I probably will retire on April 30, 2015, after 25 years with the Supreme Court.

My wife Carol (Lewiston Class of 1965) and I have three grown adult children: Matthew, Jeffrey, and Kimberly, we are very proud of them, and all of them graduated from college and have successful gone out on their own. Carol and I will have been happily married 45 years on August 16, 2014. Our daughter Kim and her husband, Aaron, have blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren: Jasper, 5 in May, Finnegan who turned 3 in January, and Daphne, who will be a year old July 10, 2014.

Carol retired two school years ago after 22 years as a Middle School Counselor in Elma, WA. We enjoy walking, riding our bikes, and with this year’s Bloomsday Race on May 4, I hope to start running again. Both of us are in good health at the moment, and I am looking forward to retirement in April of next year. We have several trip planned in the near future: In May a short trip to Spokane for the Bloomsday Race (my son Jeff is flying in from West Haven, Conn to run with me - he and I have done the race ever year since 1986) and then we are on to Lewiston for a few days to visit with family; Bend, Oregon in June with Kim, Aaron and the grandchildren, renting a home there for six days; Carol and I leave for Richmond, VA for two weeks on July 10; and then probably a trip in the early fall, not sure where yet. Of course intend to be at the 50th Reunion.

Update Aug 17, 2009:

Past highlights: Carol and I celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary on August 16, 2009. Been in our new home we build just over 5 years now, and are still really enjoying it and kayaking on Black Lake. In December 2004, our daughter Kim became the final of our three children to successfully graduate from college, and she also got married in October of 2005. So we have now satisfied all of our big financial commitments to the children, and can earnestly start the process of spending their inheritance. My youngest son (Jeff) and I continue to run in Bloomsday each May, have been doing such together since 1986 when he was in the fifth grade. Otherwise don’t run much the rest of the year, but defer to walking and riding my bicycle – less trauma to my knees and hips -trying to stay active to maintain good health. Also, on of May 12, 2009, our daughter gave birth to our first grandchild: a grandson- Jasper; so we are respectively learning all about being a grandpa and grandma. I remain active in the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks (NCACC), so continue to visit a new city in August of each year to attend our week long summer conference. Have visited the following in the last 5 years: Anchorage Alaska in 2004; Key West, Florida in 2005; Forth Worth, Texas in 2006; New Orleans, LA in 2007; Pittsburgh, Pa. in 2008, and Sacramento, CA in 2009.

Future Plans: Still hoping to do more traveling; keep up the moderate exercise, and stay as healthy as the passage of time allows. Carol starts her 20th year as a middle school counselor on August 20, 2009; and she is starting to seriously consider when she should retire. Because of the cost of medical insurance, I probably will not retire before the end of 2011, the year I turn 65.

2004 Reunion News:

Past highlights: Deputy Clerk/Attorney at the WA State Supreme Court Past highlights: We have managed to get our two older children through college and our youngest will graduate from Western Washington University in December of this year; so can sort of see the "light at the end of the tunnel". Just completed construction and moved into our "dream home". In connection with my membership in the Nation Conference of Appellate Clerks, I have in recent years been privileged to attend conferences in: Portsmouth New Hampshire, Savannah GA, New Port Beach CA, etc. This August we plan to attend the NCACC summer conference in Anchorage, Alaska. I have continued with my running (but at a reduced level-more bicycling)-a little over 3 years ago I was struck by a car while on my bike and have been slowly getting over trauma to my left hip. Every year, except for two in the early 80's, I have run the Bloomsday race in Spokane (also our youngest son Jeff has run Bloomsday with me every year since about 87). So I have maintained good health, and most importantly, am still happily married (will be 35 years August 16, 2004).

Future Plans: I hope to do more traveling; keep exercising at lest at a moderate rate and stay healthy. Probably will retire in the next 3-6 years (depending on health and then the reality of medical care costs and expenses).

30 Year Reunion 1994

Spouse's Name: Carol
Current residence: Tumwater WA
Occupation: Deputy Clerk/Chief Staff Attorney, Washington State Supreme Court
Spouse's Occupation: Middle School Counselor
Family: Matt 22; Jeff18; Kim 12
Number of grandchildren: 0
Places lived in the last 10 years: Colfax, Tumwater
Hobbies and other interests: Running, hiking, bicycling and reading
Plans or goals for the next 10 years: BE happy, relax as much as possible, buy land and build dream home; and of course (like half the world) win "big time" lottery.
Major highlights of the last 10 years: Appointed Deputy Clerk of the Washington State Supreme Court, Carol receiving her masters in counseling, Matt's graduation in engineering from Harvey Mudd College (Claremont Colleges CA), Class of 94, Jeff's graduation from high school, Class of 94; Kim being active in competitive gymnastics, currently a 9 optional.

20 Year Reunion 1984

Spouse's Name: Carol
Current residence: Colfax WA
Occupation: Attorney
Spouse's Occupation: Housewife (formerly Teacher)
Family: Matthew 12; Jeffrey 8; Mimberly 2.
I attended Lewis Clark Normal (now LCSC) at Lewiston from 1964-1966; from 1966-67 I 'hid out' in the College of Business at the UofI to obtain the necessary credits to be admitted to the College of Law at the UofI where I attended from 1967-1970 graduating with a Juris Doctorate of Law; 1971-September to 1974 'played army' as a Captain, Judge Advocate General's Corps (as an attorney); 1974-1975 was the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Whitman County WA; Sept 1975 appointed, then elected, Prosecuting Attorney in which capacity I was twice re-elected and served partner in the law firm of Hickman, Webster, Ensley and Carpenter at Colfax. I have been married since Aug 16 1969 to the same wonderful and patient friend. My hobbies are running (I am a fanatic) and camping with the family. The most memorable experiences are my marriage to my wife, the firth of our three lovely children and having had the opportunity to argue a case before the United States Supreme Court at Washington DC on November 3, 1981.

10 Year Reunion 1974

Spouse's Name: Carol A (Stevenson)
Current residence: Tacoma WA
Occupation: Attorney at Law
Spouse's Occupation: Housewife
Family: Matthew Ray 2.
Attended LCSC 1964-66, UofI College of Business 1966-67, UofI College of Law 1967-70 (JD), admitted to WA State Bar Assoc March 197. Married former Carol A Stevenson, Aug 1969. Entered active duty, Judge Advocate Generals Corps, US Army in March 1971. Have been stationed Presidio of Scan Francisco CA (US Attorney's Office), Charlottesville VA, Fort Huachuca AZ and Fort Lewis WA. Will completed tour of duty on Sept 29 1974.

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