David A. Aldrich
1947 - 2017
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April 12, 1947 - January 16, 2017 Pancreatic cancer took the life of Dave Aldrich too soon. He and his wife, Toni, have been together since high school and recently celebrated 48 years of marriage. They have a wonderful family: son, David; daughter, Kelly, her husband, Jesse Miller; and two beautiful grandchildren, Nicholas (3) and Audrey (2), whom he adored. He is also survived by his sister, Liz Aldrich and brother, Jim Aldrich. He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Aldrich; father, Donald Aldrich; sister, Nancy Dillard; and brother, John Aldrich. Dave was born in Newburgh, New York. His family moved to California when he was three months old. The eldest of five, Dave grew up in Concord, California, where he developed a love of baseball and was a star high school pitcher. Upon graduating from high school in 1965, Dave was drafted by the New York Mets in Major League Baseball's first ever amateur draft. But instead he decided to continue his baseball career at U.C. Berkeley. Injuries prevented him from making it to the pros, but his passion for the game continued as he rooted for the San Francisco Giants and, after moving to Seattle, the Mariners (but he was always a Giants fan above all). His greatest baseball wish was to see balls and strikes called by technology rather than umpires. As an adult, Dave's passion for social justice led him to become involved in many groups, sometimes as a leader, and other times as a critical voice of reason and principle. He prided himself in speaking "truth to power," which was always motivated by a strong sense to stand up for "the little guy," even if doing so ruffled feathers. Throughout his life he had many interesting jobs: computer programmer for RCA (back when computers were giant machines), middle school teacher, insurance adjuster, and accident reconstructionist. But he was most passionate about what would be his final professional endeavor: serving as an elected Commissioner for the Snohomish County Public Utility District. In this role he was proud to work with the rest of the Board to set environmentally and socially responsible policy. Dave was a music lover, an avid reader, and a prolific writer. He created The Snohomish Observer where he blogged about his thoughts and opinions on a multitude of topics, always challenging readers to think critically about the world around them. He was a good man and will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. The family will hold a Celebration of Life on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Snohomish County PUD's Auditorium (2320 California Street, Everett, WA), and invites people to join them in sharing stories about Dave. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send donations to the Snohomish County PUD's "Project Pride" (c/o St. Vincent de Paul, P.O. Box 2269, Everett, WA 98213) to help families in need, or to the Evergreen Health Hospice Center (12822 124th Lane NE, Kirkland, WA 98034), whose staff ensured that Dave's final days were pain-free, peaceful, and dignified.

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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2017.
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February 12, 2017
Toni and family,
I just learned of Dave's passing and wanted to reach out, though belatedly, to let you know that you are in my thoughts. Dave was a wonderful person and an inspiring role model. He made our world a better place. He will be missed.
Diane Kelley
February 8, 2017
Dave was a great guy and a real friend. As I learned about his interests and achievements after high school my admiration for him continued to grow. I feel bad because we all lost very fine man (and a darn good pitcher) who made me feel good about myself every time we were together. RIP Dave.
Dan Franck
February 5, 2017
So sorry for your loss I knew Dave in high school we play baseball together It was a privilege to know him God bless you and your family
Bill Marracino
February 2, 2017
Dear Toni, Kelly, and David,

I couldn't believe it when I heard the news. I will remember Dave as a warm, friendly, and funny man, a citizen activist who became an elected official and was good at both. My heart goes out to you, and I hope you find solace and peace as soon as possible in the days ahead.
Richard Weiss
January 29, 2017
Toni and family:

We are so sorry for your loss. Dave will be missed!Remembering you and your loved one today and always
Don & Marietta
Don/Marietta Mereness
January 29, 2017
I would have walked a mile to hear him sing. My God I will miss him.
Judi Berger
January 28, 2017
Dear Toni and Family-I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. My thoughts are with you. Xoxoxo
Diane Flynn
January 27, 2017
David, your Dad will be missed by many. We are so sorry for your loss. Sending strength and courage for you and your Mom.
Gary & Dottie Bumstead
January 25, 2017
Dear Aldrich family, may your memories sustain you. We are sorry for your loss.
Susan Bonasera
January 24, 2017
Dear Toni, My heart and prayers are with you as you walk this difficult road. Love to you.
Judi Caudle
January 23, 2017
He made the world a better place. I am a better man for having known him. I considered him a really great friend. Blessing to family.
Jerry Hassenstab
January 22, 2017
Margaret Baldock
January 22, 2017
I will always remember Commissioner Aldrich for his determination to see that the PUD's energy policy was carbon neutral and technologically cutting edge. I will miss his blog as well. Rest in Peace
Kelly McGill
January 22, 2017
David and family
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers, for light, love, healing and peace.
Angela (Copley) Inman
January 21, 2017
Toni, Dave and Kelly.
I'm shocked and saddened by this news. I'm so sorry for the pain you must be feeling. I hope you can find some peaceful days in the weeks to come. Love to you all.
Kathy (Sullivan) Hauff
January 21, 2017
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