Allan Koidahl passed quietly from this world on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, with his family nearby. He was born in Cosmopolis, Washington, on May 16, 1938, to Wallace and Lenore Koidahl. Shortly afterward the family moved to Aberdeen where Allan attended Weatherwax High School, graduating from Hills Military Academy in 1958. After serving in the Navy as a medical coreman, Allan moved to Port Angeles to attend Peninsula College.
There he met and married Suzanne Carleson, while working in the Port Angeles Hospital. The couple moved to Seattle where they raised their three children. Allan received an Associate Degree in Landscaping and operated a Landscaping business until 1983, when he began working for Metro Transit. During his 16 years as a transit driver he became interested in woodworking and especially turning wood from the family tree farm into beautiful and useful items. Allan became a member of the American Association of Wood Turners; a demonstrator and teacher; and board member at the Blue Whole Gallery in Sequim, Washington. He also sold his artwork at the Pike Place Market in Seattle.
After retirement, he and Suzanne moved back to Grays Harbor in 2007, where he spent his energies enjoying games and concerts with his grandsons, developing the stewardship of the tree farm, fine tuning his art and encouraging other artists. Allan exhibited with the Six River Gallery and the Harbor Art Guild in Hoquiam, South Beach Artists Association in Westport. He also participated enthusiastically in the Artists On The Map program in Aberdeen, Washington, showing his work at Quilt Harbor.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Suzanne Koidahl; his two sons, Michael Koidahl of Seattle and Jonathan Koidahl of Shoreline; his daughter, Coral Koidahl of Mill Creek; his sister, Diane Thompson of Puyallup; and his four grandsons, Riley Koidahl, Dylan Koidahl, Nicholas Koidahl and Nathaniel Koidahl.
There will be a celebration of his life at the Aberdeen Elks Club from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013, with a private, family spreading of his ashes at a later date.
You may choose to honor Allan by donation to the Allan Koidahl Young Artists Fund through the Harbor Art Guild. He will be greatly missed.