Enid Dolstad

It’s a world that will have to spin on its course without

her, for our mother, Enid Dolstad, has stepped off. On March 24th, 2008 15 years and within hours to the moment her

beloved husband Jack was suddenly taken, Mom succumbed

to what she learned was “a strangely aggressive form of

squamish cell skin cancer.”

Despite her illness, Mom continued many of her volunteer

activities right to the end – even combining radiation

treatment appointments with picking up pet food in Bellevue

for low income seniors.

The daughter of Professor William Stull Holt and Lois

(Crump), Enid Holt came west from her childhood home

in Baltimore, MD, when her father accepted a position as

the Chairman of the Department of History at the University of Washington. She took eagerly to the

mountainous environs of the Puget Sound country and joined the Mountaineers in the 1940’s while still

in high school. Enid climbed Mt. Rainier twice as a young woman as well as several other local peaks.

Enid graduated from Stanford cum laude in 1951 and married Jack Dolstad, son of early Vashon

“second wave pioneer” Mary Walls later that same year. Their fi rst summer was spent together at the Sol

Duc Ranger Station in Olympic National Park where Jack was a seasonal ranger.

A few years later, Enid and Jack were tapped to become the fi rst crew supervisors for the newly

formed Student Conservation Association, a program they had

tremendous infl uence upon and worked with for about 15 years as

supervisors and later as Co-Executive Directors. From the late 50’s,

through the 60’s and into the 70’s many groups of young people ages

16 – 18 from all over the US went with Enid and Jack (and their three

kids who were 2, 4, & 6 that fi rst year in 1958) into the wilderness to

build and repair trails, construct shelters and otherwise tend to the

needs of Olympic National Park. If you’ve hiked any of the trail from

3rd Beach to Hoh head or stayed in any of the shelters along that strip

of ocean, or the shelters and cabins of the Elwha, Bogachiel, Hoh,

Queets, Duckabush or Quinault rivers, you’ve been sheltered and/or

hiked upon the unseen labors of these crews supervised by Enid and

Jack. Later, as Co-Executive Director she helped the program expand

greatly to provide conservation work in cooperation with many

Department of Interior agencies across the US.

Choosing to settle on Vashon in 1952, Enid and Jack lived in a

cabin at Corbin Beach (Land’s Camps) while they built their family’s

home at Colvos on the same land Jack’s grandparents, John Cochrane

Walls and Emma Louise Walls (Grimsdale) had settled on in the 1890’s. After Jack retired, Enid and

Jack moved back to Corbin Beach and lived in the house of Jack’s adopted parents- Kate (Walls) and

Paul Corbin Land.

Enid was involved in many community activities – often behind the scenes. She was an early

member of the Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship, active in the Democratic Club, the League of

Women Voters, Senator Patty Murray’s Seattle offi ce, Vashon Community Council, Vashon Pony Club,

Girl Scouts, the Vashon “Jigsaw” study of the mid 60’s, the Island Groundwater Committee, Vashon

Trail subcommittee, helped found and run VIVA (Vashon Island Volunteers Association), …on and on.

She took meals to shut in seniors through the Meals on Wheels program, she and Jack cut and took fi re

wood to people who needed it (this up to the time of Jack’s death in 1993), provided transportation to

medical services and acted as an informal medical advocate for many of those same people.

Many were touched by her generous kindness, keen intelligence, high integrity, even temperament

and pragmatic approach to living. Her twinkling eyes and full and hearty laugh underscored her delight

in living. Enid had the enviable wisdom of a person who has lived life thoughtfully and close to the

bone. She was the kind of person who would bend over a man slumped on the street to ask if he needed

help even while others passed by. She cared and she acted.

Mom loved tennis, hiking, partner dance (a la Scandinavian or Square Dance style) sailing (an

acquired love from Dad), the political process, cats and, above all, horses. When asked to think of her

favorite place that would bring her peace and comfort she would visualize being upon her horse Mokai.

She rode horses throughout life from childhood through college and years of packing supply horses for

the SCA programs, participating in Pony Club and taking horse riding vacations to Ireland and France.

Over the last 15 years she enjoyed regular trail rides with her good friend Joan Benjamin.

Inspired by her life and carrying on her memory are her sister Jocelyn Marchisio of Seattle, three

children, Wende, Diane and Douglas, and fi ve grandchildren, Kathryn, Aleythea, Mackenzie, Corbin

and Hilary. Her horse Mokai remains with her friend Joan. Enid reminds you to cover up in the sun!

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to one of Enid’s favorite causes:

preserving Vashon’s unique community (Wolf Town and Preserve Our Islands were two of her

favorites), assisting seniors, promoting democracy or protecting our environment. A celebration of her

life will be held May 4th at the Burton Conference Center, Main lodge starting at 4 PM. Come prepared

to dance Scandinavian style.

— Paid obituary —