Kristine Weathermon, 53, died unexpectedly on May 4, 2012, at her West Seattle home. Born in Aberdeen, Washington, on November 6, 1958, to Richard and Helen (Jensen) Weathermon, Kris attended public schools in Aberdeen, Federal Way, and Pullman, Washington. At the start of her senior year in high school, Kris moved with her family to Manila, Philippines, graduating in 1977 from the International School Manila where her father was Superintendent of Schools.
Kris attended Pacific Lutheran University for one year and then transferred to Washington State University to study broadcast journalism. She graduated from WSU cum laude in 1982 with a major in Communications and a minor in Political Science. During her years at WSU Kris also worked extensively in broadcast journalism at KWSU radio station. Other professional work in broadcasting and journalism included an internship with the U.S. State Department and work for the Associated Press, the Washington State Legislature, and with radio and TV stations in Manila and Coos Bay, Oregon.
Her main professional life was in the travel industry, and she worked in the Seattle sales departments of several companies, including Exploration Cruise Lines, Glacier Bay Tours, Society Expeditions, Uniquely Europe, and Holland America. This work afforded her many opportunities to travel throughout the world. Travel and the arts were among her lifelong passions.
Kris was preceded in death by her mother, Helen, and by her longtime partner, Michael Keating, whose death occurred only three weeks before her own. She is survived by her father, Richard Weathermon of Sumner, Wash.; her sister, Karen Weathermon of Pullman, Wash.; and her nephew, Peter Weathermon Smith of Pullman, Wash., in whom she took particular delight.