Lowell Pittman’s family settled in Manson, Washington in 1922 from Wenatchee and Arita’s family came from Minnesota arriving Manson in 1904. Both Lowell and Arita were born in the Chelan Valley and graduated from Manson High School. Lowell has 12 brothers and sisters, Arita Faubion has one brother. As the story goes they fell in love and were married on August 21, 1954, Lowell was 23 and Arita was 19.
Lowell became an orchardist in 1968. Partnering with his brother Harold, they got their first orchard, about 17 acres or reds and goldens in Manson. They called the operation Pittman Brothers Orchards, which existed until 1996 at which time the business was divided, and the operation became know as Pittman Family Orchards.
Lowell and Arita were blessed with four children, Lisa, Craig, Brett and the baby Todd. Besides being a mom, Arita helped in the orchard and for 19 years worked for Manson Growers and Trout during harvest. Unfortunately, Lowell passed away in 2012 after a battle with cancer; he was 81.
Arita began attending North Shore Bible Church in 1988. “North Shore is a wonderful church and I very much enjoy being a member. I really respect Pastor Rayment, he gives inciteful sermons, always holding Jesus as number one”, Arita said.
Todd Pittman was born at Lake Chelan Community Hospital on November 14, 1961. Growing up he helped his dad in the orchard. After graduating from high school, he attended Central Washington University for a year then transferred to Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) in Idaho graduating with a degree in business. While attending NNU he met Rosanna and fell in love.
Rosanna Schaad was born in Salem, Oregon and graduated from McNary High School. She was a Christian Education major at NNU and became a youth pastor after graduating.
Todd and Rosanna were married December 1985 in Pasadena, California. They spent their honeymoon driving from Southern California to the Seattle area…in two separate cars. They lived in the Seattle area for 11 years and were blessed with three children, Whitney, Jordan, and Travis.
During this time Todd was employed at the Boeing Company working as a Programmer/Analyst and Rosanna was a Youth Pastor for a local Nazarene Church. They moved back to Manson in 1997 where Todd helped his dad and his brother Bret in the orchard business until 2001. At that time the business was struggling and could not support three families, so Todd decided to change careers. Todd was part of North Shore Bible Church’s Worship team at the time and a fellow member informed him of a job at North Cascades Bank. He applied and was hired as Assistant IT Manager and eventually IT Manager - a position he held for 13 years. When the bank merged with Glacier Bank in 2013 he was given the option to take a job in Montana (Glacier Bank headquarters) or find a new job. In 2014 he took a position with Wilbur-Ellis Company as a Field Tech Specialist, making use of his agriculture and technology background.
Meanwhile Rosanna was fortunate to be a stay at home mom for the children’s early years. During that time, she received her Masters in Education and has spent her working career in the Manson School District. For the past few years she has been teaching third grad
Son Jordon graduated with a degree in Economics from Whitworth University. He lives in Spokane and is Project Lead at Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals. Travis is now married (June 2016), he and his wife both attend Washington State University.
Whitney graduated from Manson High School in 2008 and was very involved in 4-H. Growing up her life revolved around horses and she took part in many horse shows. She competed in Wenatchee and shows on the westside of the mountains. Her love of horses culminated by becoming a two-time world champion in the “Pinto World Horse Show” in Oklahoma in 2010.
Whitney then shifted gears and attended Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, earning a degree in Communications. After graduation she moved to Hawaii and worked with “Youth With A Mission”, a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. She was there for two years.
She came back to Manson in 2015 and immediately broke her pelvis riding a horse. “This was a turning point in my life as I laid in bed for three months. I looked to God for direction in my life”, Whitney said. “In 2016 I was invited to do and internship at North Shore Bible Church working with Efren. I learned so much and in March 2017 the church hired me as Secretary, Worship Assistant and working with youth, God answered my prayers”, Whitney went on.
Whitney future plans are in God’s hands. She is continually learning how to serve our Lord. “I know it will always include Worship but what else, who knows. I really want to share my life experiences with other and communicate the importance of following God’s will, not the will of our world. I hope to write a book and record albums that will help other people that are struggling in this sinful world. I know God is preparing me for something, just not sure what”, Whitney concluded.
North Shore Bible Church is blessed to have the Pittman family part of our congregation and Whitney on staff.
By Norm Manly