"... To preserve the memory of the Washington State Department of Transportation fallen workers and to provide assistance to active and retired employees and their families in times of need."
Monthly Memorial Tribute This month we pay tribute to and remember these
WSDOT employees who died in work zone incidents:
Frank E. Potter, Dec. 1, 1950, North Central Region, Maintenance Laborer. Frank was killed when a car skidded into him while trying to slow down in a work zone, pinning him against a sand truck east of Leavenworth.
George D. Adair, Dec. 5, 1979, South Central Region, Transportation Technician 3. George was killed when a passing driver sneezed, lost control of the vehicle and veered into a work zone, striking George.
Gary Davis, Dec. 11, 1963, Northwest Region, Engineer Technician 1. Gary was surveying an overpass of Highway 99 north of Marysville when his crew heard a train. Gary slipped and was struck before he could get off the overpass.
Eino W. Mattila, Dec. 12, 1962, Southwest Region, Maintenance Technician. Eino was working with a state road crew on Highway 99 north of Vancouver when he was struck by a motorist who lost control and skidded into the work zone after being involved a collision.
Russell H. Barker, Dec. 14, 1979, Olympic Region, Maintenance Technician 2. Russell died as he drove a dump truck over the Bogachiel River Bridge. Flood waters washed out the bridge supports, causing the bridge to collapse.
Laird D. Chambers, Dec. 15, 1950, Olympic Region, Engineer Technician. Laird was working on a road project north of Lilliwaup. A construction company truck driver, who didn’t realize Laird was behind his truck, backed up and struck him.
Andrew Kaelberer, Dec. 27, 1956, South Central Region, Maintenance Technician. Andrew was buried in sand while working in maintenance shed in Ellensburg.
2017 College Educational Grant Deadlines
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2016 WSDOTMF Events
Santa joins Memorial Foundation at December Board Meeting
Left to right front row: Bill Ford, Sean Simmons, Santa (aka Randy Mawdsley), Greg Selstead (Immediate Past President), and Monty Mills.
Left to right back row: Don Clotfelter, Captain Tim Koivu, Kevin Dayton (2017 Foundation President). Todd Trepanier, Troy Cowan (President-elect), Pasco Bakotich, and Brian Palmer
The Board welcomed new directors Todd Trepanier and Grant Rodeheaver as well as returning directors Brian Palmer, Monty Mills, Bart Gernhardt, and Tim Koivu.
Foundation officers elected for 2017 are: Kevin Dayton, President; Troy Cowan, President-elect; Darrin Grondel, Secretary; and Dave Bierschbach, Treasurer. Chris Christopher was recognized and appointed as an emeritus director for his efforts as an original Foundation director and the first Foundation treasurer.
2017 Foundation President Kevin Dayton recognizes outgoing President Greg Selstead.
Left to right: Kevin Dayton and Greg Selstead.
Kevin thanked Greg for his efforts and accomplishments which included producing a Memorial Foundation video, establishing an Honor Guard for the Worker Memorial Event, and establishing the Foundation Educational Grant Program. Greg was the first director to represent the Maintenance Division.
New Dahlia Collection
Introducing a New Dahlia Collection honoring one of the WSDOT Fallen Workers.
It's called the Billy 'Bud' Rhynalds'
Worker Memorial Collection and
it's made up of a collection of oranges
and one red Cornel dahlia,
which was Billy's favorite.
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