Obituary of Vaughn Pike
Vaughn’s Story December 1980
The following was found while going through Vaughn’s papers:
In opening my journal, I would suppose that I should tell a little about my life previous. I was born on March 5, 1959 to James E. Pike and Jeanne M. Thayne who were married in Idaho Falls, Idaho on December 18, 1956. I was brought up in Tacoma, Washington and as far as I know, I plan to stay here the rest of my life.
I attended N. E. Tacoma Elementary, Meeker Junior High and Stadium High School, graduating with fairly good grades (enough to get by anyway). My parents were always members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and also were very active.
I have one brother, James J. Pike born March 22, 1958 and two sisters, Karen J. Pike born February 11, 1961, and Tracy M. Pike born August 20, 1966. I was also a member of the church throughout my life, but not always active.
Vaughn received a kidney transplant at age fourteen and another twenty years later. He has had health issues his entire life. Despite his pain, numerous surgeries, and life trials, he only grew in strength; which is one of the many things that made him amazing. He never complained about his situation or his health issues. He overcame his addictions and helped numerous people with their recoveries.
He moved to Louisiana in 1998 and made many friends, some of which were his Special Louisiana Family; Tom, Lori, Cheryl, and Warren who helped him through his illness.
He is proud of his brother and sisters, and his ten nieces and nephews, and twelve great nieces and nephews. He loved being around family.