Richard Alan Battin – October 2, 1931 – December 5, 2010
Dick’s true love was his family and his passion was Grouse Hills Tree Farm in Napavine, Washington, an abused piece of property he and his beloved wife Judy purchased in 1971. He was a true environmentalist and took extreme pride in single-handedly restoring his land to a picturesque, enchanting paradise. His goal was to leave the land better than he found it. His dedication to stewardship was recognized with the 1996 Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year award and by being appointed to serve on the 11 member Washington Forest Practices Board.