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Pat Good: Longtime smiling face of the Pioneer Picnic

Back in the day

For years he was the face of the Pioneer Picnic, one that always bore a smile.

Pat Good (1928-2008), whose forebears settled on Fir Island a century and a half ago, was a longtime mainstay at the annual picnic in La Conner’s Pioneer Park, where he prepared salmon as the main course of a luncheon that often drew more than 300 people.

He did so gladly.

Good was immensely proud of his Skagit heritage, part of which – a large part, in fact – was based on volunteerism and public service.

“Nobody was more giving of himself,” says his sister, Lou Good Lovelace, now of Bellevue. “He was ju...


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