Donald Olaf Sherstad

January 15, 2013

By Contributor


Donald Sherstad

Dad passed peacefully on Dec. 9, 2012, and into the arms of Jesus. His family was at his side and at his home. He was 83 years young.

Don Sherstad was born on July 28, 1929, in Detroit to Olaf and Esther Sherstad. At 16, his family moved to Ballard. He married Micki Johnson in 1953, who was his bride for 60 years.

As a survival instructor for the U.S. Navy, Dad used his training and faith in his Lord to survive the night while lost during a hunting trip.

His lifelong career began 43 years ago as a custom home builder, Sherstad Construction. Dad earned a wonderful reputation for his integrity and quality craftsmanship. He loved building the English Tudor design, and you may see evidence of his homes sprinkled throughout the plateau area. On speculation, he brought his family to live on the shores of beautiful Pine Lake and, as a result, he is considered to be one of the pioneers of the Issaquah and highlands housing boom during the 1960s.

Dad and Mom retired to Sun City, Ariz., in 1998, enjoying the warmth of the desert and golf.

Although he was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf, Dad’s true passion was sharing the love of Jesus Christ with everyone he met. He was a great communicator and was one who never met a stranger. In fact, a woman outside a store in Arizona held up a sign that read, “I have AIDS. Will you hug me?” Dad made a beeline to this young lady and did just that.

Dad is survived by his loving wife Micki; three children, Gary, Cindi and Patti; seven grandchildren, Ryan, Carly, Lauren, Brandon, Kelli, Garett and Tyler; four great-grandchildren, Derek, Nathan, Audrey and Justin; his sister, Joann Johnson, of Mill Creek; and his brothers Leonard, of Sequim; and the Rev. Jerry Sherstad, of Wisconsin.

We all miss you, Dad…every day, and we look forward to being with you again in heaven.

Don’s life celebration service is at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at Philadelphia Church, 7704 24th Ave. N.W., Seattle, with a reception to follow.

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