1927 - 2006
Born Willmar W. Dewitt in 1927 in Plattsburg, New York, “Bill” Dewitt was a highly regarded leader in the tree fruit industry and a devoted member of the Wenatchee community. Mr. Dewitt attended the University of Idaho and in 1951 was drafted to serve the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Dewitt had a long and successful career as the Wenatchee Valley Traffic Association’s manager and secretary-treasurer from 1975 to 1992. Prior to working for the Traffic Association, he worked in sales for the Great Northern and Burlington Northern railroads. During his time at the Traffic Association he was responsible for tracking shipments, exports and inventories of all North Central Washington’s tree fruit. Mr. Dewitt made many lasting contributions to the industry and had a reputation for being extremely personable.
After 18 years at the Traffic Association, Mr. Dewitt retired but did not stop giving back to the community. He kept active serving on the boards of various community groups. He was president on the Wenatchee Valley Golf and Country Club board, Community Technology of North Central Washington as well as the Wenatchee Exchange Club. Mr. Dewitt also served on the board of directors of Chelan County Medical, its successor the Greater Wenatchee Community Foundation, Wenatchee Valley College Foundation and the Wenatchee Rotary.
Mr. Dewitt was affiliated with the Grace Lutheran Church and served one year as the president of the congregation. There is no doubt his life of service will be remembered by the community and industry. A colleague kindly described him as, “hardworking, upbeat and very knowledgeable.”
Bill Dewitt was married to his wife Pat for 49 years; they had four children, Carol, Joanne, Doug and Sally.
The Wenatchee Valley Traffic Association and its members started the scholarship in memory of Mr. Dewitt to help students raised in agriculture attend Wenatchee Valley College.