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Donald E. Orazem

Donald E. Orazem, a 1950 graduate of the University of Colorado, passed away on December 3, 2012.

Don began his career with the Oregon State Highway Bridge Department, where he helped design bridges on the I-5 corridor. He came to Seattle in 1963 to work with the John Graham Company, then headed his own structural engineering firm before joining Skilling Ward Magnusson Barkshire, Inc. in 1984.

Don's professional experience incorporated a wide range of projects from long-span bridges to high-rise buildings. He took special pride in his work as the project manager for the 62-story AT&T Gateway Tower in Seattle, constructed over the top of the Columbia/Cherry Street ramps connecting to the I-5 freeway. He had a great fondness for the mentoring of young engineers and saw several start their own businesses here in the Seattle area.

Don served as Director and then President of Structural Engineers Association of Washington 1986-90, and represented SEAW on the King County Building Code Advisory and Appeals Board for several years.

An avid boater and salmon fisherman, he shared the joy of his hobbies with his family: Margaret, his wife of 62 years, and their children Carol, Scott, Ed, and Curt. He also enjoyed dancing, studying and playing bridge. In his retirement he spent many hours constructing his extended family's genealogy.
Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2012
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