Friend and fellow paddler Ellen Debondt lost her life Sunday in a head on collision with a drunk driver on the Olympic Peninsula in Port Angeles, WA. A little over a year ago, Ellen and her husband Ken moved from Seattle to a house perched on a cliff above the amazing surf break Crescent Beach and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The couple were known for being organizers of the La Push Pummel since the late 90's, and were very active in mtn biking, hiking, sea kayaking, whitewater, surf kayaking, and more recently SUP. Ken, an artist, shaped Ellen's first SUP and shapes his own wave skis (as well as for friends too). Ellen's background as nurse had her helping folks in need with cancer and in both PA and Seattle. The woman who hit Ellen was a repeat offender with prior alcohol related incidents adding to this senseless loss.
An account has been set up at Sound Community Bank for Ken DeBondt, contributions can be made in Ken's name, account 10544240. Contributions can be made at any Sound Community Bank branch or send checks to the Port Angeles branch. Contact Tammi Hinkle for any questions or info relating to this account, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated Memorial Services Info:
Date: Saturday, March 19
Traditional Hawaiian Water Ceremony
Location: Crescent Bay, Salt Creek Rec Area, Port Angeles, WA
We will gather at Crescent Bay for a traditional Hawaiian water ceremony where we will celebrate Ellen’s life with a gathering on the water with family and friends. If you just want to watch from the beach, you’re more than welcome. If we can make a circle like this, we’ll be very happy!
Date: Sunday, March 20
Ellen DeBondt Memorial Service
Location: Salt Creek County Park
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