North Bend City Council Meeting Pauses to Pay Tribute to Dave Olson, “One of the Biggest Hearts in the Snoqualmie Valley”

During the November 17th North Bend City Council meeting, councilmembers, community members, family and friends paused to honor the memory of longtime community volunteer, Dave Olson, who passed away on Friday, November 6th, at the age of 67.

Dave was the inaugural recipient of the North Bend Community Spirit Award in 2011. He fully represented the essence of the award: those who lead by example within the community.  Descriptions of Dave during Tuesday’s Council meeting tribute included: heart of gold; all about community; volunteer among volunteers; one of the biggest hearts in the Snoqualmie Valley; the epitome of kindness.

Dave Olson never missed a North Bend City Council Meeting, speaking during public comment period at each one. For many years, he was often the only audience member. He was always positive and always the first person to shake hands with Councilmembers.

Former Mayor Ken Hearing said Dave gave his time and effort to make North Bend and the Snoqualmie Valley a better place to live.

Dave was a lifelong North Bend resident. He was an active volunteer with Kiwanis, the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank, the Mount Si High School Key Club, North Bend Community Church, Relay for Life, Night on a Dark Trail – and rang the bell for the Salvation Army.

Former Mayor Hearing commented, “His ability to love and to forgive and forget was an example we should all try to emulate.”

Dave’s sister Judy Tamigniaux also spoke at Tuesday’s meeting, thanking the community for allowing her brother to give, which kept him going.

Family members are planning to hold a memorial service for Dave [hopefully] in the spring, or when pandemic regulations allow.

North Bend City Councilmembers said they will also find a way to commemorate Dave Olson’s memory and community impact in the coming months.

You can read Dave’s obituary and sign his guestbook HERE.

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