Myron Lancaster passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2013. He was 79, born August 17, 1933 in Hutchinson, KS to Arthur and Gertrude (Shules) Lancaster. He graduated from Santa Ana High School in CA, then attended WSU from 1951-1955. There he earned a degree in dairy science. It was at WSU that he met the love of his life, Hettie Smith. Upon graduation from WSU he served 2 years in the U.S. Army. The couple owned and operated Olympic View Dairy Farm in Sequim, WA. As a dairy farmer, Mike was awarded the Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder from the National Dairy Shrine in 1990. He was the last Guernsey breeder to win this honor until Berneta Gable won the honor this year. Mike was presented the Klussendorf Trophy in 1983, as well being named Premier Exhibitor at numerous National Dairy Shows. His passion for the dairy industry extended beyond the family farm.
Throughout the years Mike's accomplishments include being Vice President of Dairy Gold Farm for 23 years, Board Member of National Milk Producers Federation, and President of American Guernsey Cattle Club. Mike was a well known judge, having judged National Final Shows, and two shows in Australia. In Mike's retirement, he was a member of the Seattle Agriculture Committee, and a board member of the Semiahmoo Resort Association.
Mike is survived by his wife Hettie; children, Andy Lancaster, Cindy (Rich) Plagerman, Lindy Childers, Tina (Wally) Nelson; 11 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. Memorials may be made to National Dairy Shrine at www.dairyshrine.org. A celebration of Mike's life will be announced.