Dick Dahlgard Memorial Service Set For Nov. 15th

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Richard “Dick” Dennis Dahlgard passed away Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 in his home in Burien, WA.

He was 73.

Dick was born in Pierre, SD, the first son of Dennis and Hazel, the oldest of four.  They moved to Seattle in 1942 where Dick attended Sunnydale Elementary and Highline High School and graduated in 1954.  Following high school he went to work for Tall’s Camera and the Washington State Patrol. In 1958, Dick joined the Army as a cryptographer where he served in Hawaii and the Pentagon.

Following his military service he moved to Seattle and worked for Tall’s Camera.  In 1969 he opened Dick’s Camera and Sound which he owned and operated until his retirement in 2006.

He is well known among the community for donating his time and talents as a photographer.  He was an avid philanthropist and over the years dedicated his time to the Highline Historical Society, Highline Medical Center Foundation, the Hi-Liners, Discover Burien, and Merchants of Burien. He was an active member of the Burien-White Center Rotary for over 46 years.

He is survived by his son Nels Dahlgard of San Diego, daughters Cathy Chambers of Newport Beach, CA, Julie Faugeroux of Portland, OR, and Paige Dahlgard of Seattle, WA, sister Karen Dahlgard of Kirkland, WA, brother Daryl Dahlgard of La Conner, WA, and sister Kristin Galante of Mukilteo, WA.

He will be forever missed and loved.

His memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 15th at 3pm at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 109 SW Normandy Rd, Seattle, WA 98166.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick’s name can be made to:

Highline Medical Center Foundation
16259 Sylvester Rd SW Suite 101
Burien, WA 98166

To view a special video with memories of Dick, click here.

Below are some comments we’ve received from Readers:

Knew Dick for over 50 years.  Friend at Highline Hich,  co-community worker through Burien Chamber of Commerce, Highline Community Hospital Foundation Board, 4th of July Parade, Miss Burien Scholarship Pageant, Political volunteer, but most of all a shared love of Burien and young people.  He was truly a giver and he gave out of a sincerely giving heart.  Never expecting or wanting anything back.  I draw comfort knowing I’ll see him again at a much bigger reunion.

– Joan Dehn

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2 Responses to “Dick Dahlgard Memorial Service Set For Nov. 15th”
  1. kreedj says:

    I was shocked to hear about Dick. He was such a knowledgeable guy about the history of Burien. I just saw his daughter two weeks ago at Mt. Rainier HS at a Life after HS Fair and she asked me to be sure and tell her dad she was there recruiting for the National Guard. I also am a Rotarian and was so amazed that Dick attended so many meetings for so many years without missing one!!! He will be so missed. I saw him last Sunday at church and got an e-mail from him this week that was so moving. Burien has lost an Icon, but I know that he is in a great place now.
    -Kathy Reed

  2. Laurel Mercury says:

    I am still stunned a week later about Dick. I have known his smiling face for 33 years at Dick’s Camera, nearly a weekly visit for me. It has been hard enough for years to see the store vacant, but always knew I could call Dick and he could come over and explain something to me about my camera or give me some pointers on a wedding I was about to shoot.

    I attended several fund raisers and dinners with Dick through the years, as a good friend and was looking forward to viewing the Sieke Garden historical video with him next week. I will always cherish the photoz he took of me and my two Sealpoint Siamese last Christmas.

    I look forward to seeing Dick on the other side. I invited him to Highline Christian Church last Christmas to see the new sanctuaryl. He just loved it there and all the young families he said and so loved Pastor TIm and his sense of humor and freshness and was so looking forward to having Pastor Tim join up with the Rotary Club.

    I will miss all the political e-mails he sent each week along with photoz of little kittens and puppies. He was a sweet, giving man that will so be missed by all. – Laurel Mercury

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