Sequim had a big event this weekend – the Jesse Marunde Memorial Strongman Contest with Strongmen coming from around the world, including:
Karl Gillingham, Magnus Samuelsson (who traveled from Sweden to Sequim), Dave Ostlund, Odd Haugen, Marshall White, Matt Parkes, Phil Pfister (who holds the World’s Strongest Man title), Breck Gault, Grant Higa, and Corey St Clair. This is a list of Who’s Who among the world’s strongest men, and they came to Sequim!
Pictured here is first place winner and local strongman Marshall White with Jesse’s son (and my grandson), Dawson, and Jesse’s wife, Callie Marunde.
It was a great day as friends from all around gathered to remember Jesse and enjoy a good time in an informal strongman contest. Kevin Nee did a great job MC’ing the event with Callie Marunde. It was good for me, too, as Jesse’s father, because I’ve been taking photographs of these guys at contests around the country since Jesse started competing.
Chuck grew up in remote Alaska, graduated from the University of Alaska with a degree in Economics and Teacher Certification, and after teaching high school for two years, went to law school at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He served four years as a Captain and JAG in the USAF at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas. After practicing real estate law for 20 years in Washington, Chuck founded iRealty Virtual Brokers covering Sequim and the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. He is the author of 2,200 real estate articles and a dozen real estate books, and he produced over 100 real estate videos. Chuck combined his love for real estate and technology to create a massive Internet presence, and his articles and videos and books have been viewed by millions. Chuck is a well recognized real estate expert and his counsel is sought by other brokers and practicing attorneys around the country. Buyers from New York to Hawaii and from Florida to Alaska seek him out to retain him as their buyer's agent, and home owners around the State of Washington seek him out because of his new Flat Fee Listing Service.
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Thank you Chuck, for sharing this event with your community and for sharing your son with the world! He was a great man.
Mary Beth Beuke – family friend