Dirk Van den Dyssel
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Dirk VAN DEN Dyssel

Dirk Van den Dyssel passed away on 9/15 at 83. He is survived by Elly, his wife of 60 years and 3 sons. They relocated to Shoreline to be closer to Jeff (and wife Kami) and Jared (Stacie) while oldest son Jim (Terri) live in Texas. "Opa" enjoyed attending the events of 7 grandkids, Sarahy, AJ, Pierson, Hailie, Carson, Kayla and Josie.

The move gave him a new project list which he loved. He liked helping his sons, sharing his expertise and craftsmanship.

He loved soccer. He learned to play as a boy in Holland & played into his 50's. He loved teaching his sons & grand kids & watching games on TV.

He had a soft spot for kids. Despite not having played basketball himself, a shortage of coaches and a persuasive parent led Dirk to volunteer to coach a team. He studied the game and learned techniques from books while trying to be the best possible coach for his team.

Coming to the U.S. as a Dutch citizen, he joined the U.S. Army. While stationed at Picatinny Arsenal (NJ) Dirk rescued a 2-year old boy who had fallen into a pool, successfully reviving him.

Relocating to Seattle, his career started as an accounting clerk at Tyee Lumber. He rose through the ranks, holding positions in sales and operations and served as the General Manager in the 80's.

Dirk loved people and was quick with a smile, handshake or hug. His welcoming demeanor made those he met feel welcomed. Family was very important to him. He was a great role model, generously showing love, humor, & acceptance to family & friends.

He loved joking with people and enjoying life. Dirk would not want us to mourn, but to honor him by sharing our stories, laughter and friendship. Please sign Dirk's online at www.Legacy.com.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 6, 2019.
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February 24, 2020
I was sharing a story with a co-worker about working with Dirk and googled him on a whim. Sorry to hear about his passing. I worked with him at Tyee Lumber and he was supportive, joyful, and loved a good joke or prank. He had a great laugh! I used to say he spoke with a Dutch accent and wrote with one too! He was what a great boss should be like!
Diana Robbins
October 15, 2019
Rip Dirk! You loved fiercely and were fiercely loved!
October 9, 2019
Didn't know Dirk very well, but am a friend of his son Jeff. I do remember Dirk attending most, if not all of Norseman soccer games back in the early 80's. ( Ballard team which Jeff played for ) Big supporter for the team! He will remain in my memories. Darold Stangeland
Darold Stangeland
October 7, 2019
Although I did't get the chance to meet Dirk as an adult I do owe him a world of gratitude for saving my life as a child, he must have been a great person, I'm very sorry to hear of his passing, My sincere condolences to his family, and a great big thank you to Stacie for reaching out to me.

Sincerely Tony Lavin
The 60 year old whose life Dirk saved 58 years ago.
Tony Lavin
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