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New Dahlia Collection
2014 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.  
WSDOT Memorial Foundation
Board Kelsey Williams’
graduation from South Puget
Sound Community College

Along with her twin sister Krystal.
Kelsey received the first
scholarship from the WSDOTMF in
2012 that was renewed in 2013.
This scholarship was used to help
Kelsey complete the Fire and
Emergency Services Program at

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In addition to the graduation
celebration, board members took
the opportunity to award Kelsey
with a scholarship to help her
pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire
Administration at Western Oregon
University. Krystal was also
awarded a scholarship as she
plans to pursue an Associates
Degree and career as a Veterinary
Technician from Pierce College.
Both girls will continue their
education this
upcoming academic year.
Monthly Memorial Tribute
This month we pay tribute to and remember these
WSDOT employees who died in work zone incidents:
Charles O. Williams, Feb. 2, 1965, South Central Region, radio operator.  Charles,
who worked on Snoqualmie Pass, died from complications from a fall at work the
previous month.
Ray Wittig, Feb. 4, 1952, North Central Region, maintenance lead technician. Ray was
killed when buried in a snowslide while working in Tumwater Canyon, west of
Loren L. Wharton, Feb. 8, 1988, Headquarters, transportation engineer. Loren
stopped to direct traffic at an accident on a US 101 bridge on his way to work. While
trying to avoid a speeding truck, he fell from the bridge.
L.A. Parton, Feb. 13, 1951, Southwest Region, light equipment operator. Lawrence
was killed after gasoline exploded in the light plant at Satus Pass.
Robert N. Johnson, Feb. 14, 1982, Olympic Region, maintenance technician. Robert
was killed while working to remove a landslide on US 12. A second slide came down
while he was working.
Steven L. Brown, Feb. 18, 1998, Washington State Ferries, able seaman. Steven was
lost overboard from a Washington State Ferry that had recently departed from Seattle.
Samuel E. Williams, Feb. 22, 2000, Southwest Region, maintenance technician. Sam
was killed by a car that entered the work zone where Sam was flagging on US 12.
Lucien L. Houston, Feb. 22, 1957, Southwest Region, equipment operator. Lucien was
killed when his snow plow was struck by a semitruck near Satus Pass.
Ray T. Collie, Feb. 28, 1970, North Central Region, maintenance technician. Ray died
a week after being struck by a truck in a marked work zone.
National Work Zone Safety
Awareness Week Kickoff Event
held in Seattle
on April 8 2014.
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Washington State
Department of
Memorial Foundation
PO Box 1367
Olympia, WA
New online Donations feature!
Here to donate today
The Foundation offers a huge
THANK YOU to all those WSDOT
employees who conducted
fundraisers in 2014 through the
CFD to benefit the Foundation.

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2014 was a banner year for the

Foundation with $7946.91 being
was raised through CFD
fundraising events for the
Foundation. Fundraising dollars
are in addition to any CFD payroll
deduction donations designated
for the Foundation and have been
a tremendous help in allowing the
Foundation to do the good work
that they do.

Bill Ford
Foundation President
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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Left to right:  Jeff Pelton (Foundation Secretary), Brian Palmer, Monty Mills, Chris Christopher
(Foundation Treasurer), Troy Cowan (Compliance Committee), Kevin Dayton, Greg Selstead
(President-Elect), Bill Ford (President), Sharan Linzy, Randy Mawdsley, Deb Webb, Joan Oestreich
and Captain Tim Koivu.  Directors not pictured:  Joyce Komac, Bart Gernhart
and Darrin Grondel, Director WTSC. Foundation
"2015 Memorial Foundation Board of Directors Installed"

In addition to installing
five new board members

Mills, Linzy, Koivu,
Gernhart and Grondel,

the Board recognized
Kevin Dayton for his
service to the

AASHTO Scholarship Deadline Nears

Applications due on March 6th Click
Here for information

The Memorial Foundation Scholarship Applications are due May 1st