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Life in the
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016
PHOTOS BY MOLLY J. SMITH/STATESMAN JOURNAL
Community members light candles at a vigil for Douglas Bonham and Matthew Albrecht at Bethany Charter School in Silverton last Monday. Many students from Silverton High School, where
Matthew Albrecht was a junior, attended the vigil.
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thany, and Matthew Albrecht, a junior at
Silverton High School. Substitute teach-
ers were available to step in for grieving
Bonham and Albrecht were killed in a
single-vehicle crash shortly after 7 p.m.
on Friday near the 32000 block of S Palm-
er Road. The Clackamas County Sher-
iff’s Office’s Clackamas County Sher-
iff’s Office’s Criminal Reconstruction
and Forensic Team responded to the
scene and collected evidence. The cause
of the crash is still under investigation.
Bonham had served as a mentor to
Matthew for several years, said Andy
Bellando, superintendent of the Silver
Falls School District. The pair would fre-
quently play basketball together and
chat, according to family members.
Bellando described Albrecht as a
“very talented, very involved young
man.” Not only did he take advanced
courses and maintain a high GPA, Al-
brecht competed on Silverton High
School’s wrestling team, played on the
football team and was a member of the
jazz band, he said.
Bethany Charter School Principal
Kathy Frank said students wore red and
black on Monday to honor Bonham,
whose favorite team was the Trail Blaz-
“We are really coming together as a
community,” she said.
A candlelight vigil was held Monday
evening at the charter school to honor
Bonham and Albrecht, a former Bethany
Frank said Bonham was a well-loved
teacher and coach for the boys’ and girls’
“Kids would get excited waiting to be
in his class,” she said.
Bonham taught at Bethany Charter
School for eight years and worked as a
business administrator for Silverton
Gymnastics LLC, a local business his
wife owns and coaches.
“Doug was an incredible presence in
all the lives he touched,” said Travis
Loose, Bonham’s brother-in-law. “Many
will miss him greatly.”
Loose, a reporter for the Forest Grove
News-Times and the Hillsboro Tribune
out of Washington County, authored an
online memorial for Bonham and invited
friends, family members, students and
others who knew him to post their memo-
“Douglas Bonham was truly the best
teacher I’ve ever had,” wrote Jazmyn
Lewis, a student at Bethany Charter
School. “He wasn’t afraid to tell us about
the real world, politics, or the dangers
that are currently happening. He had a
goal for each student in his class, and he
would not give up until each of the goals
IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH
303 N. Church Street Silverton, OR 97381
Phone: (503) 873-8656
Pastor Leah Stolte-Doerfl er
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Service time 10:30 a.m.
Douglas Bonham, a teacher at Bethany Charter School, and Matthew Albrecht, a junior at
Silverton High School who Bonham mentored, were killed in a car crash on Friday.
Parents of former and current stu-
dents also posted their memories of Bon-
ham and Albrecht.
“They had so much more to give, to in-
fluence, to inspire –– so much more life
to live,” wrote Kendra Bartelmez-For-
ster, a mother of three of Bonham’s for-
mer students. “Both Doug and Matt were
full of life and amazing energy.”
She wrote that Bonham served as a
SILVERTON PRAISE CENTER
role model for her children.
Bellando said Bonham was a fun, en-
ergetic instructor who taught to the indi-
vidual needs of his students. He had
wanted to be teacher since he was a
Bonham is survived by his wife,
Megan, and two children.
nal.com, call (503) 399-6884 or follow on
ST. MARY’S CHURCH
Church of God
814 N. Second St. 873-1206
Sunday morning worship 10:00 AM
“Committed to Christ,
Committed to the Community”
Pastor: Fr. Philip Waibel
575 E. College St. 503-845-2296
Weekday Mass 6:50 a.m.
Saturday Vigil Mass 5:30 p.m.
Sunday masses 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m.,
and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish Mass) at
St. Mary Parish. Mass for Holy Rosary
Mission at Crooked Finger
is at 10:00 a.m.
Confession: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
“loving God… loving others”
Pastor Bob Henry
606 N. Second St.
Pastor Rob McKeown
Silverton Christian School
229 Eureka Ave. • 873-5131
Adult Sunday School at 9:00 am
Sunday Worship Service: 10:45 am
Full Nursery Care • Youth Group
meets Thursday 7:00 pm
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Pastor Jose Galvez
Sabbath School 9:30-10:30 am
Worship Service 10:50 am
1159 Oak Street 873-8568
Inviting All to a
Friendly Bible-Based Church
Pastor Carl Hansen
500 N 2nd Street
Silverton, OR 97381