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Randalls earn Lifetime Achievement Award


Christopher Andersson

Bea Randall, right, speaks at the Stillaguamish Senior Center during their Lifetime Achievement Breakfast while Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert, center, hands the award to Chuck Randall on Sept. 16.

Chuck and Bea Randall were presented with a Community Lifetime Achievement Award on Sept. 16 for their work in the Arlington education system, local sports and the community.

The Stillaguamish Senior Center presents the Lifetime Achievement Breakfast annually and this year gave the award to locals Chuck and Bea Randall.

The Randalls met at Everett Junior College where they both studied to become teachers and they met on the track team.

"There was just one girl on Everett's track team and her name was Bea," said Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert at the event.

Their first date was at Snoqualmie Pass at a Seattle Mountaineers Snow Camping training exercise. The two were married in 1964.

Soon after graduating, they looked for a town to settle in.

"We graduated from college and we decided we wanted to raise our children in a small town, so we started hunting for jobs in small towns and we tried Okanogan and Wenatchee and Maple Valley," said Bea Randall. They got a job offer for a football coach, but took a position in Arlington instead.

"He wanted to be a biology teacher first of all, not a coach who would be fired if his teams didn't win," Bea joked.

The two have been constant champions of local sports and sports for girls as well.

Helping girls participate in the league has long been a passion for Bea, who coached for a boys soccer league.

"Of course it didn't take long until girls were introduced to the soccer teams. The Arlington Soccer Club actually obtained a federal court injunction so opponents would have to forfeit their game if they refused to play Arlington's co-ed team," said Tolbert.

She also coached the first girls team at Arlington High School, a track team.

"Being a trailblazer, Bea and the girls P.E. teachers decided to work together and take the Arlington girls to the second ever girls State High School Meet. Not only did Arlington girls track team participate, they won the state championship that year," said Tolbert.

Chuck also coached at Arlington High School.

"Chuck was also a champion of girls sports and allowed the girls to participate on the cross country team. This was not popular with the other coaches in the league," said Tolbert.

Helping coach those students was one of Chuck's favorite memories of Arlington.

"I think one of the things we really enjoyed in Arlington is leading those teams of boys and girls, they were almost like our own kids," he said.

Bea and Chuck have been involved in more than just sports though.

Bea was a city councilmember with Arlington for 20 years and served as Mayor Pro Tem. She was also past president of the Cascade Valley Hospital Auxiliary (known today as the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation).

Chuck worked for eight years as a National Park enforcement officer, volunteered with mountain rescue and won the district championship as a coach of Arlington High School's cross country team.

Bea thanked the community of Arlington for everything they did for them as well.

"The whole thing was possible in Arlington where people we're willing to accept some people and forget that they weren't born and raised here. Arlington was such a tremendous environment. I never would've served on the city council of Everett for example," she said.


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