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Eagle Scout, retired mason team up for new sign in Deer Park cemetery
the Inland Register
(From the Dec. 6, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)
Eagle Scout Logan Perkins spearheaded the new sign for the Catholic cemetery in Deer Park, Wash. (IR photo courtesy of Eileen Perkins)
The new rock planter and lettered board that graces the Southwest corner of Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Deer Park, Wash., represents more that 200 hours of labor and the dedication of Logan Perkins, of Deer Park Boy Scout Troop 202.
As part of his work toward his Eagle Scout rank, Perkins talked to Father Al Grasher, pastor of St. Mary’s Presentation Parish in Deer Park, about a project to enhance the cemetery’s appearance.
The new sign and rock construction replaced the cemetery’s previous identifying marker, a white cross.
As Perkins did his research for the project, Bob Blomgren, a former Deer Park resident with family buried at Holy Redeemer, talked to Father Grasher about similar concerns regarding the cemetery’s signage. Father Grasher suggested he work with Perkins.
As it turned out, Blomgren is a retired mason.
With professional expertise available, Perkins upgraded his proposed planter from brick to stone. He presented a simple sketch of the basic design to the parish’s Pastoral Council for approval. Subsequent meetings with the Boy Scout District Representative and the City of Deer Park yielded permission to start.
During the six weeks of construction, Perkins supervised the pouring of a cement foundation, the installation of a metal framework, the building of an 8 foot rock planter, and the fabrication and installation of a 2 foot by 8 foot wooden sign. Volunteer time, talent, and treasure were donated to the project by a number of groups, including the Gonzaga University Sailing Club, local Boy Scouts, Deer Park High School students, St. Mary parishioners, and local residents.
The Scout’s project left a visible sign at the cemetery and an indelible impression in the community.