Ad Astra – Clint Prescott ’46

D. Clinton PRESCOTT Jr. — proud member of Class of 1946

Clint was an enthusiastic Fiji who volunteered to assist and support our fraternity throughout his life. I had the opportunity (as an undergraduate) to work closely with Clint in the design and build of the Univ. of Puget Sound fraternity house in the mid-Sixties. Clint guided a design that replicated many of the features of 4503 (pre-remodel). Whether building character in the new Fijis or guiding the construction of the cathedral ceiling living room, the balcony overlooking the entry door, the long dining room with tables and bench seats, Clint was a guiding light. He was a good Fiji, and he will be missed. Perge!
Clay
UPS – Class of ’68

Clint Prescott '46 and Bill Joost '49
Clint Prescott ’46 and Bill Joost ’49

Clint passed away peacefully March 21, 2014 at the age of 89. He was born in Seattle to Ruth and D. Clinton Prescott Sr. His family lived briefly on Bainbridge Island and Mercer Island. Clint fondly remembered the ferry crossings before the I-90 bridge was built. He graduated from Franklin High School and earned a BA from the University of Washington, where he was a proud member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and an active alumnus. Clint met Nancy White while attending the UW and the two were married in 1951. They were blessed to share 63 years together.

In 1954 Clint and Nancy moved to Tacoma where Clint started his career in mortgage banking. In 1971 the family moved to Mercer Island and Clint continued his work in the mortgage industry until his retirement. Clint served in the Pacific on the USS McKeen during WWII and was a Naval Reservist for over thirty years retiring as a Commander.

Clint was a strong believer in giving back and did so serving as Chairman of the March of Dimes for all of Pierce County, President of Mercer Island Rotary, Mercer Island Volkssport Club and President of the Franklin High School Alumni Association. He also enjoyed being chairman for his 50th high school reunion.

More than anything Clint and Nancy treasured spending time with family and friends, boating, time on San Juan Island, Whidbey and Vashon Islands. Clint loved walking his Dalmatian in Pioneer Park with his dog walking friends.

Clint was preceded in death by his parents and two younger brothers, Loren and John. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, sons, Clint (Susanne) and Tracy (Dr. Janet Barrall), daughter, Marley, and grandchildren, Erin and Greg (Alisha). Clint understood what was important in life, always putting others first. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

At his request no service will be held. Contributions in his name can be sent to the Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2014

Clint Prescott, Jr  '46
Clint Prescott, Jr ’46

March 2014 Luncheon – Don Shelton ’76-Idaho, Sports Editor of Seattle Times

Seattle Times in hands of Russell Wilson (#3 Seahawks)
Seattle Times in hands of Russell Wilson (#3 Seahawks)

Don Shelton, Idaho ’76 is the Sports Editor of the Seattle Times. He’s spoken to our luncheon several times before, and he is a popular guy with lots of insider commentary on the local sports scene. This was Don’s fourth appearance before our group in the past ten years. In 2010 he spoke shortly after the 2010 Winter Olympics, and his insider presentation had us all immersed in the back scenes of the Olympics. This luncheon found us enjoying Don’s back scenes reports of the 2014 Super Bowl that he and his team of reporters covered in early February.

Don Shelton '76-Idaho gives insider coverage of Superbowl
Don Shelton ’76-Idaho gives insider coverage of Superbowl

First, a little background.  After 24+ years of sports reporting with the Seattle Times, Don was promoted to the position of Sports Editor for the Seattle Times in 2009.  Don assumed these reins when reporting was expanding beyond black print on white paper.  In fact, the digital channels have become an important part of circulation, and the digital influences the strategy for the news coverage.  This is especially true for sports.

Super Bowl
The Seattle Times Superbowl Team

The Seattle Times executed a sophisticated campaign that began weeks prior to the actual Super Bowl game. Don’s insider report included the strategy for coverage, the type of personnel, and the engagement tactics they employed.

The Seattle Times print edition reaches primarily Puget Sound; whereas the digital reporting and web pages reached Seahawk fans in 3,200 different locations. The digital side of reporting consumes far more photographs than the newspaper. During the Super Bowl game, the Seattle Times had 4 photogs shooting the game — this is the maximum allowed. At the same time they had 2 editors managing the photo flow.

For the Super Bowl, Don’s Sports Team published 260 pages, 285 paly-off storeis, and 1,200+ photos. The Monday following the Super Bowl, they had a total viewing of 2.3 million minutes on the digital pages. This one day delivered the equivalent of 4 years of viewing. It was a good story for our luncheon attendees, and it is an impressive inside view of today’s press covering the biggest sporting event of the year for Seattle. Go Seahawks!

You can reach Don at the Seattle Times at dshelton@seattletimes.com