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Timothy Keith Matson

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

TimMatsonTim passed away peacefully on Jan. 11, 2015 after a long illness. He was born to Keith and Mary Ellen (Mann) Matson on Oct. 14, 1952 in Ontario, Oregon. Growing up in Selah, Washington he attended Selah public schools.

While living in the Yakima, Washington area Tim worked as a cook, chef, restaurant manager and briefly managed a small family orchard. In 1984 he relocated to Olympia, Washington and immersed himself in politics. He was a political consultant on many state and national campaigns and on the staff of the Republican Caucus. In 2001, he was elected Commissioner in the Woodinville Water District, an office he held for several years.

Tim loved the Grand Canyon and went there often to hike, float the river and explore. He also traveled to Kenya, China, Venezuela, the United Kingdom and Czechoslovakia. Tim enjoyed backpacking, fly fishing and outdoor/wildlife photography. He had a significant passion for cooking, much to the enjoyment of his family and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, Tim is survived by his brothers Jon (Kathy) and Chris (Bernadette); sisters Lyn and Suzy; nieces Christina Morehead, Allison (Tristan) Parke, and Emily Matson; nephews Nick and Spencer Homer; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. We will miss his intellect, humor and gift of storytelling. There are no services planned but the family suggests that a gift in Tim’s memory to Congregations for The Homeless in Bellevue, Washington would be well received.

David Lee Olson

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

obit olsonDave Olson of Woodinville, Washington passed away quietly on Jan. 25, 2015. He was surrounded by the love of his family and friends. Dave was born in Lacrosse, Wisconsin on Sept. 9, 1939. Dave’s family moved to St. Charles, Illinois where he would live most of his early life. He served in the US Army from 1958 to 1961, married and started his family. In 1965 he moved them to Kirkland, Washington where he owned and operated Tip Top Tree Service; he loved working outdoors and driving around in his red truck. Dave retired in 1998; he and his wife re-settled in Woodinville and began traveling, making yearly visits to Palm Springs. Dave was a loving husband and father; he enjoyed fishing, golfing, coaching and watching sports and always had a good joke. Dave was a friend to everyone he met. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Karon, family and countless friends he met along the way. He leaves warm memories.

Think of Dave as living, in the hearts of those he touched.
Nothing loved is ever lost, and he was loved so much.

In Loving Memory of Dave Olson

In the early spring when we begin to see
Overgrown bushes, shrubs and trees
Look in your heart and there he’ll stand
With that big beautiful smile and clippers in hand

James Simkins

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

James Simkins

James Simkins
1952-2015

James Simkins, a Woodinville resident who opened Willows Lodge hotel and helped shape the wine industry in western Washington, died Jan. 16, 2015 after battling cancer for a year and a half.
As the general manager of Willows Lodge, Simkins helped build the hotel in 2000 and convinced in-house restaurant The Herbfarm to locate there. Simkins was general manager until 2004, but was heavily involved in the hotel until his retirement in 2014.

Jim Treadway, the managing director at Bardessono Hotel and Spa in California, who worked with Simkins for decades, described him as “one of my closest friends, one of the greatest hoteliers to live…He made a lot of people’s lives and hotels better.”

Simkins and Treadway met in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1972. Treadway was helping build a hotel and was responsible for coordinating the furniture and fixtures. He hired Simkins, then a university student, and four of his friends as temporary labor to install 80 chandeliers.

“I was amazed at this guy,” Treadway recalled. “I ended up needing an assistant full time.” For the next two and a half years, Simkins worked as Treadway’s assistant in a variety of hotel positions. Simkins went on to work at hotels throughout the world.

Their paths crossed again when Simkins joined Treadway’s management company, MGM Luxury Lodging in Kirkland, which operated Willows Lodge, as a partner in 2000. During his time at Willows Lodge, Simkins quietly helped the western Washington wine industry grow.

Treadway said Simkins’ legacy is evident in the fact that this month, Willows Lodge was named the best hotel in Washington state by Business Insider magazine.
Simkins is survived by his wife Val, his daughter Kathryn, his son Jonathan and his grandson Thomas.

Virgil M. Albright

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Obit Albright

Virgil M. Albright

Virgil Albright passed away Dec. 2 at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife, Marian; son and daughter, Susan Nelson and Tom Albright; Pete Nelson, son-in-law; his grandchildren, Stacy Albright, Troy Beachler, Jeff Albright, Devon Madden; and great-grandchildren, Layne and Vaughn McAuliffe and Theus and Ellie Madden.

Virg lived in Woodinville for over 60 years and owned his own excavating company, General Trenching & Excavating. He did excavation in Seattle, Everett and locally, including dredging the Sammamish Slough. He had a cabin at Ocean Shores and loved bringing his family and friends to enjoy the ocean. He loved fishing in Alaska and Canada. He built his own home, cabin and just about anything else he could envision. He had many interests and was always surprising his family with his next project. He created a beautiful yard with fruit trees and a pond. He started rebuilding a 1934 Ford Pickup when he was in his 80s. He was a generous person that was always ready to help a friend or family.
Never were the words, “They don’t make men like this anymore” more true.

He left a big hole in our hearts and will be deeply missed. A Celebration of Life is to be held on his birthday, Feb. 17 at the Hollywood School House at 1 p.m.

Ivan John Fry

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Ivan John Fry of Woodinville passed away Dec. 15, 2014 at age 77. Ivan was born on March 3, 1937 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the second son of Thomas and Mary Fry. He grew up in Tacoma where he won many awards during his participation in Future Farmers of America. He attended Franklin Pierce High school. Ivan lived in Tacoma for several years with his first wife Betty and raised three sons. Ivan later moved to Woodinville where he married Helen and raised his son Rod.

Ivan was a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America, where he taught his sons to enjoy the outdoors as much as he did. He and his sons spent many hours planning and participating in hiking, camping and fishing trips with the Boy Scouts. Ivan also shared his love of hunting with his boys. He worked as a maintenance engineer for several different industries, repairing and maintaining all sorts of equipment. He was a master at his trade. If something could be repaired Ivan knew how to do it.

He loved sharing his passion for hunting and fishing with his family and friends. Ivan never met a stranger.

He is preceded in death by his wife Helen, his mother Mary, his father Tom and his brothers Ray and Jerry. He is survived by his sister Dona, his sons John, Jerry, Jim and Rod, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and so many friends.

The family suggests remembrances to the Boy Scouts of America.