Reverend Canon Bernard Kim Forman (November 9, 1933 - May 10, 2015)
Friday, June 12, 2015 2:58 PM
The Reverend Canon Bernard Kim Forman was a journalist, a cowboy, a minister and a gentleman. He was born November 9, 1933, in Lodge Grass, Montana, one of six children to Percy and Lona Forman. He died Sunday, May 10, 2015, at his beach house on Treasure Island in Allyn, Washington.
Kim earned his BA in journalism from the University of Montana where he served as editor of the Kaimin and was an active member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. After graduating college, he trained as a Navy pilot in Pensacola, Florida, discharged in 1957. He married the love of his life, Mary Travis, December 1957 and welcomed three children, John (1958), Betsy (1961) and Susan (1963). Kim and Mary lived happily together on Magnolia, with a brief interlude in Fort Worth, Texas, until Mary’s death in December 2011.
Early in his career, Kim wrote for the Associated Press in Michigan, Wyoming and Montana before accepting a public relations position with the Burlington Northern Railroad. Later in life, he completed a Master’s in Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, and was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church, Diocese of Olympia. He was a Boy Scout leader, a member of Toast Masters and the Public Relations Society of America, taught public relations courses at Seattle University. He served with Operation Nightwatch, was a longtime board member for the Diocese of Olympia’s Camp Huston, served as the Total Common Ministry Missioner for several years and was loyal to both St. Hughes Episcopal Church in Allyn, Washington, and Church of the Ascension in Magnolia.
Kim was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and his beloved wife, Mary. He is survived by his children, the Rev. John Forman (Jennifer), Betsy Serdar (David) and Susan Blakely (Neal). He also was the loving Poppy to eight grandchildren and uncle to several nieces and nephews. In his last two years of life, he was the dedicated companion to Montana childhood friend, Joanne Frizzell.
A memorial service for the Rev. Kim Forman is scheduled for Saturday, June 20 at 4pm at the Church of Ascension in Seattle, Washington. In lieu of flowers, his family encourages donations to Operation Nightwatch, any church within the Diocese of Olympia or the University of Montana School of Journalism.