ABERDEEN, Wash. —
“She’s always been a very involved person, and of course at home with the family. She home-schooled Brandon, and they had dedicated one whole room of the house just for his school room,” he said. “It was just packed with everything. She made a huge investment in his education, and he was just sharp as a tack. Home-schooling doesn’t work out for everyone, but she made it work.”
The last few months of her pregnancy with Katelyn, Jaime Clutter was on bed rest, so the Pinks had Brandon with them for much of last summer, traveling to Disneyland and enjoying quality time.
“We had a great summer together, and then of course they were here for the holidays,” he said.
The Clutters’ furniture went to Indiana before they did, so they moved in with the Pinks for a few weeks.
“That was a lot of fun. We have a lot of great memories,” Pink said.
He remembered saying goodbye when the family moved as very difficult, and “that’s a normal feeling, but Mike needed a job so that was … the positive thing about it.”
He said Jaime spoke with her mother three to four times a week, and he would talk with her at least once or twice a week.
“In that short time [they had lived there], everything has worked out really well, it sounded like,” he said.
He remembered his grandson as a boy who often made friends while standing in line at the store.
“That’s the kind of kid he was. Very talkative, very much a people person,” Pink said.
He said Mike Clutter is holding up as well as can be expected.
“He’s doing better today, he’s been through a lot,” Pink said Tuesday. “He’s worked very tirelessly with the detectives and the police department.”