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& Shore (now Stokes Lawrence Velikanje
Moore & Shore, in Yakima). Moore was a
past officer of the Yakima County Bar Association, a member of the Washington State
Bar Association Board of Governors, and
a fellow of the American College of Trial
Lawyers. Moore volunteered with Memorial Hospice.
John S. Moore died on March 27, 2014,
at the age of 94.
Linda K. Navarro
Linda Navarro was the daughter of leg-
endary jazz trumpeter Theodore “Fats”
Navarro. She received her undergraduate
degree from the University of Washington
and her law degree from the University of
Washington School of Law while raising
her son. Navarro clerked for Judge Charles
Z. Smith and was a public defense attorney
for the Associated Counsel for the Ac-
cused in Seattle. She became a bailiff for
King County Superior Court Judge Mi-
chael J. Fox in 1991 and worked with him
until her retirement in 2010. Navarro is
especially remembered as a lifelong friend
and advocate of the LGBT community.
Linda K. Navarro died on Aug. 12, 2014,
at the age of 65.
Ellen M. O’Hara
Ellen O’Hara was born in Virginia. She
earned her undergraduate degree from the
University of California–Berkeley and her
law degree from Case Western Reserve
School of Law. O’Hara practiced for 12
years as a deputy district attorney in the
Tulare County (CA) District Attorney’s
Office, helping to establish and supervise
the office’s Family Protection Division, re-
sponsible for domestic violence, sexual as-
sault, and child molestation cases. In 1996,
she was recognized as Tulare County’s
Prosecutor of the Year. O’Hara went brief-
ly into private practice and served with
the Monterey County District Attorney’s
Office before moving to Spokane in 2001
as assistant city attorney. In 2012, O’Hara
became City Prosecutor for the City of
Spokane. She was an instrumental mem-
ber of the working group that recently es-
tablished Spokane’s community court.
Ellen M. O’Hara died on March 15,
2014, at the age of 56.
Hon. Richard G. Patrick
Richard Patrick was born and raised in
Sandpoint, Idaho. He served in the U.S.
Navy before attending the University of
Idaho, and received his law degree from
the University of Michigan Law School.
Patrick moved to Pasco, where he was in
private practice for 17 years before being
appointed by then-Governor Evans to the
Superior Court bench. Patrick served as a
judge for 17 years before his retirement.
He was a past president of the Benton-Franklin County Bar Association and the
Washington State Superior Court Judges’
Association. After retirement, Patrick
worked as a private mediator and pro tem
judge. An active member of the Tri-Cities
community, he belonged to the Rotary
and Elks clubs and volunteered with his
church. He enjoyed local drama productions, gardening, and supporting the Boy
Richard G. Patrick died on June 18,
2014, at the age of 90.
Mark W. Prothero
Mark Prothero received his law degree
from the University of San Diego School
of Law. A former champion swimmer, he
swam for the Huskies for four years and
swam on the U.S. national team; in later
years, he coached his own children and
many Kentwood High School students,
was an announcer at national swim meets,
and served as the chair of the Pacific
Northwest Swimming Board of Review.
He practiced at the Associated Counsel for
the Accused for 23 years before moving to
private practice in 2004, and served as a
judge pro tem throughout King County.
Prothero was perhaps best known as one
of the lead defense attorneys who rep-