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New Dahlia Collection
2015 WSDOTMF Events
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.  
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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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
Monthly Memorial Tribute
This month we pay tribute to and remember these
WSDOT employees who died in work zone incidents:
William L. Ashley, Aug. 3, 1976, South Central Region, maintenance laborer. William
and a co-worker were checking flood damage in a drywash area off State Route 128
when their vehicle was hit by a wall of water. The co-worker leapt to safety, but
William was thrown from the cab and killed.
Wayne “Jake” Baardson, Aug. 12, 2002, Northwest Region, maintenance tech 2. Jake
was securing a mower to a trailer on the shoulder of State Right 18 near Covington
when an erratic driver left the highway and struck him.
William R. Pitts, Aug. 20, 1951, Eastern Region, engineering aide.  William was
working near railroad tracks when he was struck by a locomotive.
Donald E. Fritsvold, Aug. 21, 1991, Southwest Region, maintenance tech 2. Donald
was clearing litter from Interstate 5 when he ran from the shoulder into traffic to pick
up paper, apparently misjudging the speed of an on-coming vehicle which struck him.
Richard L. Androsko, Aug. 28, 1984, Northwest Region, maintenance tech 2.  Richard
was directing traffic around a rock spill on a highway. A driver didn’t notice the detour
at first and then hit their brakes and swerved suddenly, striking Richard.
Harold L. Gustafson, Aug. 31, 1973, Northwest Region, maintenance tech 1.  Harold
was removing cones after edge striping on Interstate 5 and was struck by a vehicle
exiting the freeway on an off ramp.

Memorial Foundation Board of Directors Vacancies

Six positions will be open for the Washington State Department of Transportation Memorial
Foundation Board of Directors election in November.  The vacancies include four (4) at-large
positions, one retiree position and one regional position. To be eligible to run for election, you
must be a contributing member ($10 per month or the yearly equivalent) for a period of one year
prior to the election. Board members are expected to attend quarterly evening board meetings in
Olympia.  The Foundation is looking for board members who are willing to be significantly involved
including fund raising and donation solicitation, event set up, and volunteering at events.  Board
members are also expected to participate in several Memorial Foundation sponsored events
throughout the year.  All interested persons meeting the criteria are encouraged to participate.  
The term is from December 201
5 to December 2018.

Submit your name in writing by October 5, 2015, with a brief narrative (less than 75 words) of why
you would like to be a director.  The narrative will appear on the ballot. Please email your narrative
to or mail to:  WSDOTMF, P.O. Box 1367, Olympia, WA 98507.  If you have any
questions, please call Bill, Foundation President, at (360) 561-5720.