Over the last 20-plus years, I have gotten to know many, many fans of 94.5 KATS and appreciate you, one and all, for listening -- we are one big rock 'n' roll family! It is with a heavy heart that I share the loss experienced recently by one of our brothers.

From Kevin Ross's Facebook page:

Courtesy: Kevin Ross

"On June 19th around 10 am, we lost our Sparkie, aka Marcie Ross to an unexpected sickness at the age 45.
She left behind her spouse of 17 years, Kevin, and her daughter, Kyleigh, age 14. She also leaves behind her son, Tyler Rinker, age 26, and stepson, Kasey Ross, age 23.
Marcie has worked at the Naches Valley Elementary School for the past 3 years.
Marcie was very involved at the school with all of the kids who loved her hugs and high fives every day.
To her softball parents at the GYGSA foundation. We don’t like asking for help but everyone is asking and offering help. We are setting this up for donations. Anything such as flowers and such can go through Brookeside in Moxee."
If you care to help the Ross -- and extended Yakima Rock family -- I'm sure they'd appreciate it.