1924 - 2001
George Douglas Zahn was born in the Methow Valley in 1924. He attended a one-room schoolhouse at Gold Creek. He earned his eighth grade certificate from the Carlton School and graduated from Pateros High School in 1942. Mr. Zahn continued his education at Washington State University and earn a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics.
Mr. Zahn returned to the Methow Valley following his graduation from Washington State University to farm apples and pears. He was a great outdoorsman who spent the majority of his time outside, both farming and recreating.
Mr. Zahn was a political voice. He was a lifetime member of the Washington State Horticultural Association and was active with the Okanogan Hort Association, Washington State Farm Bureau, Okanogan County Farm Bureau, Washington Growers Clearing House, Methow Valley Water Alliance, Methow Valley Ground Water Advisory Committee, Soil Conservation Service and the Methow Valley Masonic Lodge. Mr. Zahn served as an officer of many of the associations in which he belonged.
Mr. Zahn was honored with the title of Apple Citizen of the year in 2000 and Okanogan Grower of the Year in 1993.
He was a World War II veteran and served in the South Pacific campaign.
He was survived by his wife Helen and four children.
The scholarship fund honoring Doug Zahn was established by the Washington Growers Clearing House in 2001 and each year a graduating senior from Okanogan County is awarded a scholarship.