Vernon Dale Capoeman, 66 years of age and a longtime resident of Taholah, died on April 13, 2013, in Aberdeen. He was born on August 4, 1946, in Taholah, Washington, to Emmanuel “Bubsh” and Thelma Capoeman.
Vernon Dale Capoeman was one of the few people left that can say that he was born in the village of Taholah. Gramma (Beatrice) Black was one of the elders that helped deliver him. Vern was a member of the Quinault Indian Nation and attended school in Taholah, and graduated from Moclips-Aloha High School in 1965. After graduating from high school, Vern was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the 4th Division Artillery Unit in Vietnam. Vern was very proud of his military service, being a Vietnam veteran and was always telling stories about his life in the service. Upon being discharged from the U.S. Army, Vern attended trade school in Oakland, California becoming a diehard fan of the Oakland Raiders and the Oakland Athletics.
Vern was a school bus driver for many years, driving the school bus for the Taholah School District insuring the students were at school on time. He also served as a High School JOM Counselor in addition to his bus driving duties. Though Vern didn’t have any children, he considered many of the students he watched grow up as “his kids”. For many years Vern would pay for senior pictures, class rings, graduation announcements, as his way of showing his admiration for Taholah students. When school wasn’t in session and after he retired from school bus driving, Vern was a long time employee of the Quinault Pride Seafood Enterprise.
He was a long time pool player and played in the Grays Harbor Pool League. He enjoyed the Christmas holiday season, and loved to decorate his home with a variety of Christmas nutcrackers. He enjoyed supporting the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino.
He is survived by his brothers, Raymond, and Donald Capoeman of Taholah, Elmer Capoeman of Hoquiam; his sisters, Edie Capoeman, and Pearl Capoeman-Baller (John) of Taholah; sister-in-law, Pauline Capoeman; a very special god-daughter, Kelley Malloy. Vern also considered the Dan and Robinson Family of Taholah as his second family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmanuel and Thelma Capoeman; brothers, Francis, Wesley, Emmanuel and Arnie; and sisters, Gloria and Katie Capoeman.
A funeral will be held at the Taholah Gym at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2013, with a dinner following at the Taholah Community Center.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.