Terry Kelson


Terry Kelson was born April 13, 1953, in Yakima, to Don and Marguerite (Bair) Kelson. He was married to the love of his life, Kathy, in 1976 for almost 38 years and had a model marriage that we all want to follow.  They had two children, Kasey and Brianne.

Mr. Kelson worked for Inland Fruit Company as a fieldman and grew apples and grapes until 1988 in Wapato. He was working for CPC International Apple Company as a Production Manager until the time of his death. Over the years at CPC, he thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone and cherished his job.  Co-workers shared that interactions with Terry left a positive impact.

Terry had a love for God’s beautiful country and loved to be outside making the yard look amazing. He enjoyed hiking, racquetball, swimming with his girls, skiing, fishing, boating, kayaking, gardening, handyman projects, building waterfalls and making juniper wood lamps. He was an artistic craftsman who had a great eye for potential. He was a peacemaker and had a loving, calm, and gentle personality.

The family was blessed by going on many family trips together. The Oregon beach was one of his favorite places along with the cabin on Chinook Pass, which they have had since 1984.

Friends and family of Mr. Kelson established the scholarship in his honor as a loving tribute.  Recipients of this award are college-bound men and women that share his work-ethic and dedication to family.