1969 Miss Nevada


1969 Karen Wastun, YeringtonHOMETOWN:  Yerington    BIRTHDAY:  March 1, 1948
AGE: 21    HAIR: Brown    EYES: Hazel    HEIGHT: 5’2”
EDUCATION:     Senior at University of Utah – Double major in Drama and English
    Plans to pursue a masters in psychology/Wants to be a Psychodrama therapist after graduation
TALENT:  Dramatic Monologue – Lizzie in a scene from “The Rainmaker”
  • Won Special Judges Award at Miss America for “exemplifying high ideals of youth” with a $1000 scholarship.  She was told that the Miss America committee considered her for a Non-finalist talent award but chose to give her the special judges award instead.
  • Talent winner at the state pageant
  • Because Miss Nevada must live in the state during her reign she had to stop attending University of Utah and chose to stay with state director and take classes at the University of Nevada and work part time.
  • Special guest at the Miss Texas Pageant
  • Appeared on March of Dimes Telerama in Salt Lake City along with Miss Utah, Miss Wyoming and Miss Idaho
  • 1st Runner-up in the 1966 Nevada’s Junior Miss Pageant
  • Met Olympic gold medalist Jean Claude Killy at reception to promote 1970 Winter Carnival at the Sparks Nugget
  • Also won $150 scholarship at Miss Lyon County Pageant
  • Speaking about the other Miss Nevada contestants – “They were such really great people… so many in one place all put together.” – 6/23/69
  • Why she entered her local – “I thought maybe I could get a scholarship.” – 6/24/69
  • “There is no beginning and no end to my gratitude for a year that was a true “Cinderella” story.” – 6/20/70
MISS NEVADA PAGEANT (Miss Nevada Pageant, Inc.):
  1. Karen Wastun (Miss Nevada/Talent winner), Miss Lyon County, Dramatic Monologue
  2. Nancy Mehlum (1st Runner-up), Miss Reno, Baton twirling routine
  3. Tanya Wilson (2nd Runner-up), Miss Washoe County, Western dance routine to Bonanza theme w/acrobatics & twirling
  4. Vicky Jo Todd (3rd Runner-up), Miss Sparks, Vocal – “My Favorite Things”
  5. Deborah Susan Stanford (4th Runner-up), Miss Southern Nevada, Creative reading “Why I want to be a nurse”
  6. Katherine Aalbu (Miss Congeniality), Miss Mineral County
  7. Judith Ann Fleishman (Swimsuit winner), Miss University of Nevada – Las Vegas
  8. Julie Schulz, Miss Carson City
  9. Jodie Kennedy, Miss Clark County
  10. Carmen Sorensen, Miss Fallon
  11. Susan Kiddy, Miss Las Vegas
  12. Laurel Shaw, Miss Paradise Valley Las Vegas
  13. Molly Malone, Miss University of Nevada – Reno
  • Miss Nevada awarded $1000 scholarship
  • Married name: Karen Martin (Husband – Richard O.)
  • Last known living in Boise, Idaho