In January 1997, Diane Schostak recently had been named the West End Regional Chamber of Commerce director. George McCormick, who was the Forks Forum editor at the time, did a column called Do You Know? If you did not have the pleasure of knowing Diane, this will give you a little idea of who she was and if you did know Diane, this will give you a little idea of who we have lost.
Name: Diane Schostak
Birth date and place: Born in Forks and taken home to the lower Hoh River, spring 1955
Occupation: West End Regional Chamber of Commerce director
Place of residence: Big Burn Place, an area burned in the fire of 1951, we have to explain to newcomers so they don’t think we are a bunch of pyromaniacs
Family: Husband Ken, corrections officer, step-daughter Nicole, 11-year-old daughter Crystal, who knows everything but the meaning of NO and 7-year-old daughter Pamela who wants a snake and has a dog named Christmas
High school/college/other: Attended high school in Forks and Salem, Ore., two years at the University of Oregon, just finished a full quarter at Peninsula College
Years in the area: 22 years
Hobbies: Pottery, sewing, reading time with kids or games with the family
Favorite color: Green
When I retire: Learn to fly a plane — I hope I don’t have to wait until I retire to do so
Best part of the week: Quiet times when I can regroup
Worst part of the week: Coming home after a busy day, the dog is jumping on me and we are out of milk
Highlight of your life: Named Washington State’s Travel and Tourism employee of the year in 1995
Biggest Surprise: Being told I just gave birth to an 11 pound baby girl
Embarrassing Moment: I admitted to Barb (my step-mom) that I thought cream of tarter was the main ingredient in tarter sauce
My favorite meal: Barb’s three cheese lasagne or anything else she cooks
Favorite beverage: Diet Coke
Favorite dine-out spot: Dad and Barb’s
Most cherished item: 1880s filigree ring and a box Ken bought me for Christmas one time
If I won $1 million: Take the kids to DisneyLand and give a chunk to the Forks Pool
Favorite way to relax: Walk on the beach
Last book read: “Little House on the Prairie” series
Question I would like to know the answer to: Why is gas always so much higher here?
What living in Forks means to me: It’s where secrets are safe with your hairdresser, where people tell you what you need to know, whether or not you asked, and where you will never be stranded for long.
It’s a piece of the real America where the fabric of the community is strong, where children can grow safely and the grapevine carries the good as well as the bad news. Our diversity, our distance, our history and our hardships combine to make this a strong, dynamic and independent community. When I talk about Forks, I can almost hear a fife and drum like that guy on the old show “Green Acres.”
An afternoon of remembrance is planned for Diane from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Roundhouse at the Kit.la Center, 100 LaPush Road.