Beloved Teacher, Olin Peach, Passes Away

by Kathy Marson

Spokane, Wash., April 13, 2010 - Olin Peach, former teacher at Upper Columbia Academy, passed away on April 9, 2010. He was involved in a snowmobile accident on his property in Oregon.

A beloved teacher and friend, Mr. Peach, had an unrivaled passion for life, Adventist education, outdoor sports, missions and, most of all, the Savior. He began teaching at UCA in 1963 and continued into his retirement years.

Hundreds of youth throughout the Northwest, and the world, were impacted by the 35-plus mission trips led by Mr. Peach. He and they crossed over 350 borders with Mexico and Borneo being high on the list. A statement from Upper Columbia Academy shares the sentiments of many, “There are no words which can start to capture the ways that Mr. Peach allowed Jesus to work through him. He will be sorely missed.”

A short formal funeral service for Olin Peach will be held at the UCA Church at 2 p.m. this Sabbath (Saturday), April 17. A celebration of the life of Olin Peach will convene in the UCA Gymnasium at 3:30 p.m. Viewing will be Friday, April 16, from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Hazen Jaeger Funeral Chapel at 1306 N. Monroe Street in Spokane. Please join us as we remember him together.

If you have a memory of Mr. Peach that you’d like to share with his family and the others who knew him, you may leave a comment on the UCA Web site. Or on the UCA Facebook page.

The family of Olin Peach has requested that donations be made to the Olin Peach Memorial Worthy Student Scholarship Fund in lieu of flowers.

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” –1 Thessalonians 4:13-18