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NEIGHBOR NEWS CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 31,2015 OBITUARIES Michael Sheldon in Denver, Colo., and by long-tim6 partner, Nielson Cheney. Always gener- DeeDee Powell, his chil- Michael SheldonNiel- ous with his time and dren: Parker, Madison, son, age 54 of Cheney,willing to help all, Mike Harmony Nielson, Debra died Dec. 11, 2015 due to was a jack-of-all-trades Nielson; his former wife, heart complications, from electronics to con- and many other family Mike was born May struction to computer and close friends. 30, 1961. Mike was raised programming. There will be no ser- in Fraser, Mich., lived H e i s s ur viv e dvice. continued from page 6 The Friday dances here were amazing, Gilbert said. "We had bands that were constantly trying to play for our clientele." The hallways are filled with the photos of enter- tainers who volunteered their time. Lakeland had a wait- ing list because it was the event of the week, Gilbert said of the danc- es that actually began in the 1960s. "It was very much fun for everybody, staff included," Gilbert said. Current Lakeland su- perintendent Tony Di- Bartolo attended Medical Lake High School after his father, who was in the U.S. Air Force, relocated to the area. DiBartolo recalled Darrell Cox, now 76, and playing basketball against one another in grade school. Cox later coached the Lakeland team DiBar- tolo said, "Beat the tar out of us." "This was my first job as a high school gradu- ate," DiBartolo said of the early '60s, custodial care tifiably so. Upwards of position he had as a tenant in mental health was the 125 people were housed counselor in 1979. way to go," Dormaier per building at the in- He recalled the large said. Institutions were stituti0n, many having dormitory style living built and enlarged prior never seen daylight. quarters that was preva- to that. The Medical Lake lent at Lakeland at the Institutions nation- complex also sawchang- time with upwards of 60 ally were at the largest es with the introduction people in each one. capacity in history in the of those deemed "crimi- "I actually got to 1960s. The Medical Lake nally insane," from the watch the transfor- complex, which included state penitentiary in mation from the large Eastern State Hospital, Walla Walla. dormitory-style to the more cottage setting," DiBartolo said. "I actually got to watch the transfor- With Lakeland's de- marion from the large dormitory-style clining population there to the more cottage setting," was a shift to having no more than 16 people liv- Tony DiBartolo, Lakeland superintendent ing under one roof, usu- ally a population with mild intellectual disabili- had a combined popula- There was a state-of- ties. Today there is not tion of some 4,000. the-art jail built in the any single cottage that Facilities became large complex at Eastern State. has even that many rest- warehouses, Dormaier "They were cells'with dents. "Our combined said. "That's what we had electric doors, the whole population now is 191," here." But in the mid to works," Dormaier said. DiBartolo said. late 600 there was a forced "It was escape-proof," or These are just some movement away from so they thought. of the signs of how the custodial care. The Medical Lake mission at Lakeland It was based on what complex accepted its first has changed. "It started was going on at Partlow residents - a "chain" as with the group homes State School and Hospi- the initial busload of pris- being built in the com- tal in Alabama. 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