Sept. 23, 1926—April 18, 2017
Malvern F. Rose was born Sept. 23, 1926, at home in Castle Rock, WA, and passed on April 18, 2017, at The Villager. He followed Richard Rose in birth to Fred and Tillie Rose. Except for a few years in Tacoma and Aberdeen, he enjoyed living among the “Castle Rock Rocket” fans with his wife, Norma.
Without ceremony, he loved music sung by Jim Burgoyne and Jack Meeks; on hot summer days, taking a young Jeri Marie to watch trains racing by while eating ice cream and faithfully reading The Daily News sports page. In his youth, he loved swimming across the Cowlitz while hanging out with the guys. Malvern (Papa) loved sports, mostly baseball. Being a big Cincinnati Reds fan, he traveled the West Coast with Mal Jr. to watch Pete Rose and Johnny Bench. After retirement from the Fibre, with grandson Billy, he attempted to visit each US Major League stadium. Other travels took him to Alaska Glacier Bay, the UK and Ireland. In the end, his favorite place to be was Rancho Mirage, CA, for warm winters.
A quiet, unassuming man, he was an avid reader. He knew Bible stories, presidential history and could state baseball statistics with the best. He was so knowledgeable about baseball, when asked why he didn’t go into broadcasting he said simply, “But I don’t like to talk.”
Malvern and Norma worked to expand Castle Rock business. They were instrumental in building The Villager, Rosetree Restaurant, and Mt. St. Helens Motel, all within 10 years. In his last few years, Malvern expressed his gratitude and love for The Villager, the Klein family and all who worked there.
Malvern is survived by his children Mal Jr., Bob, Beth and Becky; grandchildren Tami, Jeri Marie, Larry, Billy, Nicole (Snickerdoodle); 11 grandchildren; sisters Carol Foster, Joanne Rose; “younger friends” of over 56 years, Jim and Sally Burgoyne. He is preceded in death by Richard, his parents, and the love of his life Norma Hash Rose.