I recently found out that The Pirate had passed away while this forum was down back in 2019. He was on the old board for a long time and always had a great sense of humor.

It sounds like he passed away in Shelton, WA and had moved out there to take care of his father. I'm not sure how he died but it was too young.

Merle Warren Bariekman "The Pirate" :

Born June 20, 1952 and died August 6, 2019.