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New Dahlia Collection
2015 WSDOTMF Events
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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.  
Monthly Memorial Tribute
This month we pay tribute to and remember these
WSDOT employees who died in work zone incidents:
James C. Wishard, May 19, 1980, Southwest Region, engineer technician. James was
killed when he was recording data on a pad and walked behind a contractor’s truck
while it was backing up.
Two Eastern Region maintenance technicians were killed along the freeway in
Spokane in 1959 when a WSDOT paint truck exploded. Newspaper reports stated a
flipped cigarette may have caused the large explosion.
George H. Mulfinger, May 8, 1959. George died from injuries received when his paint
truck ignited that day.
Francis E. Baker, May 9, 1959. Francis was working on a nearby maintenance truck
when the paint truck exploded. He died from his injuries the following day.
William L. Cook, May 24, 1977, Northwest Region, bridge maintenance technician.
William was killed when he got caught between the counterweight and another part of
the Swinomish Channel Bridge while performing maintenance work.
Washington State Department of Transportation Memorial Foundation
PO Box 1367
- Olympia, WA - 98507-1367
Washington State Department of Transportation Memorial Foundation
"... 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."
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As you know, the primary mission of the WSDOT Memorial Foundation is to preserve
the memory of fallen WSDOT workers and to assist families of the fallen. However,
occasionally opportunities arise to provide assistance to families of transportation
workers outside of WSDOT. One such situation was the recent (March 12th) accident
involving Kiewit employee Joe Arrants who while working on the 520 Bridge Project
tragically fell to his death. Kiewit employees approached the Memorial Foundation
requesting help in collecting donations to assist Joe's family - wife Heather and two
children - with the many financial issues the family was facing as a result of Joe's death.

Several members of the Foundation Executive Committee stepped forward to assist in
this endeavor and were able to collect and distribute to Heather nearly $60,000 in
contributions. The contributions were separate and distinct from regular WSDOTMF
donations, and all efforts on behalf of this collection were provided without cost to the
Foundation by the Executive Committee members.

This effort demonstrates the Memorial Foundation dedication to providing assistance to
transportation workers and their families when needed - and to assist those outside of
WSDOT when asked.

June 3, 2015
recognition event
where Senator
Curtis King, Matt
Zuvich (Federation)
and Vince Oliveri
(Local 17) were
recognized for their
efforts to secure
passage of the
Tuition Waiver for
Survivors of Fallen
Highway Workers.
On April 22, 2015 Governor Inslee
signed the Memorial Foundation sponsored Tuition
Waiver for Survivors of Fallen Highway Workers (HB1977)
into law at the WSDOT Worker memorial Event in Olympia.