Peter E. Trygstad (1931 - 2018)

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After a long battle with cancer, Peter E. Trygstad passed away June 30, 2018. Peter was born Paul Leroy Moore on July 30, 1931, in Seattle to his birth mom Ethel Marie Moore, and on June 7, 1932, he was adopted by James E. and Ione Trygstad, and Paul became Peter.
Peter grew up in Seattle. He enlisted with the Army in January 1951 and was sent to Korea to fight in the Korean War. He was discharged in October 1952 after being badly wounded from a gut shot.
He worked on plane engines after attending Spartan School of Aeronautics. In 1963, he began work as a sales engineer in the pulp/paper industries.

He married Elizabeth in 1966 and they and her 4 children moved to the Forks area, where Peter pioneered a new community alcohol program center.
Over time Peter worked for the Quinault tribe as an executive director, and was under contract with the Housing Authority in charge of community bldg. for the Quileute, Nooksack and Lower Elwa tribes.

In 1983, Peter went to work for Washington State as a social worker for Child Protective Services and he retired as a supervisor in 1997.

He left the "wet side" & moved to Priest River, Idaho. There he helped to get the CASA/guardian ad litem program started in Pend Oreille Co.

On August 8, 2002, Peter married Darlene Hazard, and in 2004 they moved to Mead after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
In the years that followed, Peter continued to answer the call inside of him to help others, working at Daybreak Treatment Center and other volunteer programs.

Peter was a quiet empathic man with a dry sense of humor and had an undying interest in his fellow person and an instinctual need to help others. He loved sports, computers, his sailboat and his dogs. Peter even had rock climbed with triple Olympic gold medalist Jean Claude Killy.

Peter left behind wife Darlene, stepchildren Janet, James, David and Bryan Hahn, and Renee, Eric and Bryan Hazard, 9 stepgrandchildren, 8 stepgreat-grandchildren, and many special friends, including Candi Boylan and her mother Mary. Peter's stepson Lyle Hazard passed 1 year and 5 days before him.

No memorial is scheduled at this time.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2018
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