Love is real: Dave Clingan weds before hundreds of friends

Dave Clingan, my partner in crime, found a new partner for life last night. He married Tricia Snell. Nearly 200 friends and family members celebrated their marriage with hoots, cheers and flash photos galore. Masters running buddies Rich Burns and Pete Magill also attended, and Bill Donahue of Portland, the freelance writer who brought Tricia and Dave together, treated the revelers to a reading of their introductory email exchange. A touching tune played on guitar and sung by Lucas, Tricia’s high-school son, thrilled everyone. He gave an amazing rendition of “Love is real,” written by John Lennon. The potluck meal and informal setting at Staver Locomotive (home to a scale-model railroad and catering business) was perfect for Tricia and Dave, who had both been married before. Dave’s son George, headed off to the College of Puget Sound this fall, also was present. This morning, Dave and Tricia head off for a week’s cruise in Alaska, where their love will melt the glaciers. Congrats, my friends. You won the biggest race yet.

Tricia and Dave joyfully approached the podium in Portland to recite their vows. (Photo by Ken Stone)

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August 15, 2010

14 Responses

  1. Nolan Shaheed - August 15, 2010

    Congratulations Dave. I wish I could have made the wedding but I was thinking about you all day. May you be happy the rest of your lives.

  2. peter taylor - August 15, 2010

    Congratulations to the two of you; what a wonderful couple you are.

  3. Bubba Sparks - August 15, 2010

    VERY nice! Congrats!!

  4. mary Harada - August 15, 2010

    May you live happily every after.

  5. Jerry Smartt - August 15, 2010

    The Persians have a saying, “Jigere tu berahm” which is a very endearing statement…read that …passionate. The translation is, “I love your liver.”(I know, I never got it either). Love each other more today than yesterday. Smartty

  6. Dale Campbell - August 15, 2010

    Congrats Tricia and Dave! May you have many great years of happiness!

  7. Doug Smith (the Junior) - August 15, 2010

    Congratulations Tricia and Dave. Tricia, you’ve married a great guy!

  8. Kettrell Berry - August 15, 2010

    Congratulations Tricia and Dave. Tricia, Dave is one in a Million!

  9. John Altendorf - August 15, 2010

    Best wishes Tricia and Dave. May love, passion and respect be ever present in your lives together.

  10. christel donley - August 15, 2010

    TRICIA AND DAVE,
    LIKE NOLAN AND SO MANY OTHERS, JERRY AND I THOUGHT
    OF YOU TWO YESTERDAY AND TODAY, AND THEN SOME MORE.

    I WISHED SO MUCH, WE COULD HAVE BEEN THERE,
    ENJOY YOR TRIP AND THEN EVERY DAY AFTERWARDS/

    PICTURE A HAPPY FACE!

  11. Doug Smith (USA) - August 15, 2010

    May you enjoy many happy filled years together, Dave & Tricia. Doug Smith (The Elder-USA)

  12. Paul Edens - August 15, 2010

    Dave & Tricia,
    The picture says it all….happiness all around..!

    Congratulations to you both I’d say you both brought home the gold.

  13. jims - August 21, 2010

    Wish I could have been there. Congrats.

  14. Ken Stone - August 29, 2010

    Dave and Trish sent this note August 29 to folks who attended the wedding:

    Dear friends and family-

    We are back from our Alaska honeymoon and are still savoring the many blissful moments of August 14th. Thank you so much for being there! Being surrounded by so much joy and love — from all of you — made it a perfect day for us.

    We are happy to report that your donations to our not-for-profit fund amounted to over $3500. Thank you so much for that! We are donating $350 immediately to a very deserving local organization called p:ear, a small grass roots organization that provides essential services to kids in need. Here’s what they do:

    p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth, ages 15 to 24, through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Each year our programs serve more than 350 homeless and transitional young people.

    You can read more about them at http://www.pearmentor.org

    We hope to continue raising money for the Snell-Clingan foundation in order to sustain annual donations to similar worthy causes. Please check our website for news about how your donations are being utilized to help kids in need.

    http://www.xro.com/foundation

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