Dick Durward, Area Resident since 1920, Has Passed Away

Dick Durward

Long-time area resident Richard “Dick” Durward passed away this last Saturday, at his home in Tumwater. Local historian, author, and Griffin Neighborhood Association Board member Steve Lundin brought this to our attention. Writes Steve, “The Durwards moved to the Griffin area in the early 1920s when Dick was about two.  They lived on Fredricks’ hill, which is the steep hill you drive down before you get to [the 2300 block of  Gravelly Beach Loop].  Dick was the first fire chief of the newly formed Griffin fire district in the 1960s, as well as the Grand Master of the Prosperity Grange.  He operated a saw shop out here in the 1960s — it where the used furniture store is on Sexton Road.” Dick attended the Griffin School.

The Olympian has published an obituary of some respectable length. Click here for that page. And, KOMO4 has an obituary, on their web site. Click here to browse that page.

Service Information:

Friday November 19th 2010 12:00pm
Mills and Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park
Tumwater, WA

Steve Lundin has authored a number of articles for this blog, regarding the history of the Griffin area.

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