Thodore "Ted" Torve (May 16, 1931 - July 27, 2014)

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Theodore "Ted" Torve Theodore Torve died on July 27, 2014 in San Diego, California after a long illness. Ted was born in Everett, WA, May 16, 1931 to Norwegian immigrants Olaf and Bergliot Torve. After graduation from Everett High School he served in the Navy in the Korean War. Upon discharge, he attended Everett Comm. College and University of Washington, graduating with a degree in law. He began practice for the State of Washington as: Assistant AG in Highways Division from 1960 to 1969. The interstate system was just starting to be built. Ted represented the State in property acquisition cases for I-5, I-90, and other state highways. Division Chief for Natural Resources Division and Chief Counsel to the Commissioner of Public Lands from 1969 to 1985. Ted advised and represented the Commissioner of Public Lands and the Department of Natural Resources on forest practices, environmental, and property management issues. Division Chief for Transportation and Public Construction Division 1985 to 1996 and Chief Counsel to Washington State Department of Transportation. Ted continued to work in TPC Division until retirement in 1998, representing WSDOT in property and environmental cases. As a Division Chief, Ted was a leader and a valued mentor to the many attorneys who worked with him over the years. No matter what he had going on, Ted never minded if someone interrupted him to talk about an issue or a case. Ted gave new attorneys the support that they needed, but he let them work independently and develop their own work styles and relationships. He was a role model that has had a lasting influence on the attorneys with whom he worked. He was passionate about his work, had a great sense of humor and was loved and respected by all. He was married for 20 years to the love of his life, Jan Torve. He is also survived by his sister, Marion Soule, and brother-in-law Don Soule, in Kentucky. He has two sons, Steven in Hawaii, Scott in Seattle; and four daughters, Leslie and Megan Torve residing in Olympia, Kristie McMoran, Sedro Woolley, and Alyssa McMoran, La Jolla, CA. He also leaves six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. Donations in his honor may be made to the Mitochondrial Research Fund #3970, UC San Diego Health Sciences Development, 9500 Gilman Drive #0853, LaJolla, CA, 92093.
Published in The Olympian on Aug. 17, 2014
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