The visionary leader behind the Gold Creek Tennis & Sports Club in Woodinville passed away Dec. 18, after battling cancer.
Bill Dahl purchased the property known as Gold Creek Park in 1976 when Woodinville was still a small and sleepy town. The 70-acre park had a rugged beauty that became the basis of his dream.
As an architect and construction engineer, he began the conversion of existing buildings and added tennis facilities, etc., over the years.
In 1986, his son Peter joined him in the business and in 1992, daughter Charlotte again became involved in the business. Since Bill's semi-retirement several years ago, Peter and Charlotte have been running the business during Bill's frequent travels.
Bill was a strong-willed achiever with great foresight and ideas. He worked hard to fulfill these dreams and ambitions. He became a successful and respected businessman who left his architectural mark in three countries, Germany, Canada and the U.S.
Bill was born and educated in Germany and was drafted into the German navy in 1941. He served in World War II and was wounded off the coast of Holland. After his recovery, he was assigned to an office position as a designer for naval installations and was discharged in 1945. After the war, he moved his young family to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1951 in search of a better life. He worked as a draftsman, designer and architect and was involved with the structural design of the Granville Street Bridge in Vancouver. Later he established his own company and built many apartment buildings in the Granville area and designed and built many more homes as well as three churches.
In 1968 he moved his family, once again, to Seattle and became a proud citizen in due time. He worked with several architectural firms in downtown Seattle.
Many were surprised to find out that he had survived male breast cancer, mitral heart valve replacement, colon cancer and was fighting multiple myeloma. This September he was diagnosed with stomach cancer and after surgery, a fatal yeast infection of the blood took over his body and ultimately took his life.
Bill was especially fond of his children and dogs. He loved music, ballroom dancing and boating around the Puget Sound area in his yacht, the "Lady J." He also found great joy and happiness with his family ‹ wife Johanna; and children, Peter, Rene and Charlotte; and six grandchildren, one of whom preceded him in death. To his family and friends he was an exceptional human being and he will be dearly missed and remembered by many.