Jeane and Lloyd Baldwin are Citizens of the Year
by Becky Nixon
DUVALL - The Chamber of Commerce has announced that longtime residents Jeane and Lloyd Baldwin are the recipients of the Citizen of the Year award for 2001.
The award will be presented at a banquet in their honor on Monday, Jan. 29, at Cedarcrest High School.
"I am thrilled and Lloyd is so pleased to receive this award," said Jeane.
The Baldwins have lived in the Duvall area since 1961. Jeane has been active in city government and Lloyd helped organize Little League baseball in the Valley. Starting out living at the Pickering place in 1961, they moved into Duvall proper in 1974, raised their five children and never thought twice about being involved in their community.
Jeane is currently serving on the City Council, and this is her fourth year as treasurer for the Eastlake District of Garden Clubs. She served two-and-a-half terms on the City Council before she became mayor in 1985, serving until 1989. Her present council committees include Public Health and Safety and Utilities.
Lloyd was instrumental in starting Little League baseball in the Duvall/Carnation area. He spent 14 years as a coach and as a member of the Sno-Valley Little League Board. He also served on the Boy Scout Board in the 1970s and Jeane was a Cub Scout mother.
In 1974 they purchased motorcycles, joined a group called the Retreads, toured the country from Canada to Mexico and camped under the stars.
They still have their motorcycles, including Jeane's 1994 red Suzuki that has "Grandma's Toy" inscribed on the back fender.
"We don't ride as much now, but I still ride occasionally," said Jeane.
Jeane retired from DeJong's dairy in 1994 where she ran the accounting computer. Lloyd retired from James River box plant in Redmond in 1991 where he was a die maker.
"There were about 30 farmers when we moved here," said Jeane. "Now there are one or two left."
Last year's recipient, Jim Bourasa, will present this year's award to the Baldwins. Jeane was the driving force to hire Bourasa as city manager when she was mayor.
The Citizen of the Year award has been presented to deserving citizens since the early 1980s. Community members nominate candidates and the Duvall Chamber of Commerce Board votes on the nominees.
The ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Cost for the banquet is $23. Please call Margie Coy at (425) 788-3923 to make a reservation.
Callers need to state who they are, how many people will be attending and their preference of prime rib or vegetarian pasta for dinner.