Simeon Lariviere | 1944–2021

Posted January 30, 2021 at 5:30 am by

Sime­on Lar­iv­iere passed away peace­ful­ly in his sleep in the ear­ly morn­ing hours on Sat­ur­day, Jan. 16, 2021.

Sim, as he was more com­mon­ly known, was born in Yaki­ma on June 4, 1944. He orig­i­nal­ly moved to San Juan Island in the late 1970s to be a care­tak­er for the San Juan Coun­ty Park. Lat­er, he sold sou­venirs and nov­el­ties at the fam­i­ly-owned store, Wisenheimers.

Locals may remem­ber him for his home­made root beer, which he vend­ed at the Farmer’s Mar­ket 30-odd years ago. More recent­ly, peo­ple may rec­og­nize him through his vibrant and tac­tu­al paint­ings that he enjoyed exhibit­ing at the coun­ty fair, library, and in var­i­ous busi­ness­es around town. He had a thirst for knowl­edge, which he quenched by study­ing, read­ing, and writ­ing. He also took great joy in extract­ing laugh­ter from oth­ers, friends and strangers alike.

Sim lived a full life and will be dear­ly missed by his wife, Mol­lie Irene Heath. He is sur­vived by his six chil­dren; Greg, Geoff, Vin­cent, Mag­gie, Josie and Char­lotte, and five grand­chil­dren, whom will always hold fond mem­o­ries of him with­in their hearts.

“Now I can see
the moon down the hill.
I hear the wind crying
in the dry branch­es of the trees.
Rain is pat­ter­ing on the ground.
I am the rain.
I am the land,
and the grass will grow out of me
in a lit­tle while.” Love, Sim

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  1. I just learned of your death, old Bud­dy. If it weren’t for you the San Juans would still be alien to me. I miss sit­ting around the log cab­in at Small­pox Bay watch­ing Vic­to­ria go to sleep, oys­ters on the hibachi, Mag­gie cry­ing on cue from you, then stop­ping imme­di­ate­ly, call­ing Trip­py at, what, 3am like it was nor­mal, fris­bee on the grass where they filmed Prac­ti­cal Mag­ic, beers at Herb’s, your gift of human magnetism…I will miss you, Sime­on. Thank you for all the good­ness you plant­ed in the world.

    Comment by daniel thomas on July 31, 2021 at 12:02 pm

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