Off The Press

May 14, 2013

By Greg Farrar

Hearts go out to a dad, daughter and family

It is a privilege to know Barry LeMond, a husband and father whose name most of you have probably never heard before.

He’s a compassionate man who I first met while he was helping a local family through a devastating tragedy. Now, he and his family are going through the same tragedy, and they can use your thoughts and prayers in the death of his daughter Kristy, a 24-year-old Issaquah High School graduate.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

In January 2002, when Skyline High School student Josh Williams was killed in a snowboarding accident at Snoqualmie Pass, the LeMond family reached out to support their friends the Williams family, Phil and Debra and their two daughters.

Besides the emotional support, one of the things Barry LeMond did as an employee of SanMar, the Issaquah custom apparel company, was to secure charitable contributions of embroidered jackets, shirts, caps and gym bags for the Joshua P. Williams Foundation’s activities.

Where I continued to see Barry LeMond year after year has been at volleyball matches at Issaquah High School, where he has been an assistant coach to Todd Parsons.

Kristy was a four-year varsity volleyball player who graduated in 2007. Barry LeMond watched all her games as a parent, and as a California native with volleyball in his blood, he then asked Parsons following her graduation what he could do.

“He’s a really good guy, amazing,” Parsons said. “He said, ‘You’ve done amazing things for Kristy, and I would love to help,’ so he became assistant varsity coach.

“Barry is one of those calming spirits I had on the team, and he has impacted me in many ways of my life to be a better dad and a better coach,” Parsons added. “I felt so blessed to have him as my assistant coach for the last six years.”

With Kristy, Issaquah’s volleyball team went to state twice. “In 2005, our libero, our defensive captain, basically had a dislocated shoulder in the third-place match. Kristy stepped in, said, ‘I can do this,’ and ended up helping us win. The team should’ve, would’ve crumpled, but everybody knew she was going to do a great job. She played one of the most amazing games I have ever seen.

“The awesome part about Kristy is that she has this light inside of her and she finds ways to find the positive about any situation. Wherever she went, she impacted people’s lives, inspiring them to do their best.”

Kristy, a 2011 University of Washington graduate who always had a love for helping young children, was in Chile in 2012 to teach English to youngsters, when a pain developed in her hip. She was sent home by doctors immediately and diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma, and then underwent a year of chemo.

Barry, wife Kathy and Kristy’s brother Kevin, surrounded by more than 100 of Kristy’s classmates, met April 20 for a candlelight prayer circle outside the high school campus. Kristy, part of a family with a deep faith in God, passed away May 1.

Her memorial service is at 2 p.m. May 18 at Crossroads Bible Church in Bellevue.

Donations may be made at any Bank of America branch to the Kristy LeMond Memorial Fund, which she wanted in honor of her wishes to continue her passion about children and education.

The hearts of many people have already gone out to Barry LeMond and his family. My heart goes out to them. Now, yours can, too.

 

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