April 7, 2006
Volume 34
Issue 14
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Jim Arnold (1936 - 2006) - James Harry (Roberson) Sledge (1956 - 2006) - Marcus Allan Frank
Jim Arnold (1936 - 2006) - James Harry (Roberson) Sledge (1956 - 2006) - Marcus Allan Frank
Jim Arnold (1936 - 2006)

Friend, and caretaker Evan Nicholas said of Jim Arnold, who co-founded the SGN in the early seventies with Jim Tully, that he died the way he lived, after a busy day of doing things that he loved.

Arnold moved to Seattle in the late 60's. He was involved with Stonewall Recovery Services (then on Orcas Island), and the Gay Community Center (not the same one on Pike Street now). Nicholas said that Arnold, who died peacefully at home on March 24th, always loved history, particularly Gay history and was a wealth of knowledge on the subject.

Arnold was born in Queens, N.Y. on May 11th, 1936. He served in the Army in 1958 and had graduated from New Yorks' Queens College. He also taught school in Texas in the early sixties, according to Nicholas, who worked as Arnold's caregiver for the last three years. He is survived by two brothers, one of whom still lives in New York.

Nicholas said there will be a memorial for Jim Arnold on April 23rd, at Dunshee House (a place that Arnold loved while he lived, according to Nicholas), starting at 3 PM - Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid James Harry (Roberson) Sledge (1956 - 2006)

Born February 29, 1956, he died of sudden cardiac arrest on January 30, 2006.

He was raised in Mississippi and Georgia, and then his mother moved her children to Olympia, WA where Jim graduated from Timberline High.

He worked for the phone company in Seattle, WA and also in San Diego, CA before returning to Seattle in 1998. He has worked at Group Heath Outpatient Surgery Center for the past 7 years.

He is survived by his "husband" Kenneth Sledge; his cat children Baby, Bea and Little Bit; best friends Rob Magee of Seattle and Sharon Sherwood of North Carolina; and brothers Tom and David and sister Joan - all of the greater Seattle/Olympia area.

Jim was proud to be an out atheist and was a true Southern gentleman. He will be greatly missed by all those fortunate enough to know him, including all of his favorite bartenders. He is listed at

Marcus Allan Frank (1964 - 2006)

Marcus Allan Frank was born on September 5, 1964, and left this Earth on March 26, 2006 surrounded by angels and his loving family.

A very gifted man, Marcus had been employed as a graphic artist and a Spanish interpreter most recently at Virginia Mason Hospital, and once lived in Mexico for 6 months. A graduate of The Evergreen State College, he worked in the library for several years and twice chaired the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Marcus loved gardening and artistry and once created a Spanish altarpiece, which was displayed at the Washington Center of Performing Arts for several months. He didn't own a lot in terms of material things, but every space he occupied became a place of beauty with his unique ability to blend colors and textures.

During the last days of his life more than 50 loved ones came to say goodbye, a testament to his generous and giving nature. A man of great dignity. Marcus loved to entertain always with a flair for beauty and a touch of class. Although he faced many struggles in his lifetime, Marcus never lost his devout belief in God and on Ash Wednesday - just days before his death - he walked to church on his lunch hour to receive the sacraments.

We are grateful that Marcus lived long enough to see the Washington State Legislators acknowledge his equality.

The beloved son of Maureen and Ira Frank of Auburn, Washington. Marcus will forever be missed by his sisters, brothers and other extended family, including his grandparents, Cliff & Birdie Johnson; aunts, Shelley Swelland and Sheila Kirby; cousins Summer Kuxhouse and Madison Kirby of Olympia, and many many friends.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 3:00 PM at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn, Washington.

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