This past September, the Greenway Trust lost a beloved member of our family: Ted Thomsen.
He was known as a Greenway Trust Founder and one of the original “Rattlesnake Rangers” but to those of us who knew him well, he was a great friend who always had a smile for everyone. Ted died at his home in Bellevue on September 19th and will be greatly missed. Ted was the founding Secretary of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and served on the board of directors since its inception. He helped coordinate the original Mountains to Sound March in 1990 that led to the founding of the Greenway Trust. His dedication to all matters “Greenway” was never ending. And we loved him for it.
He was a partner at the Seattle law firm Perkins Coie, an avid hiker and Issaquah Alps Trails Club member, and helped make some of the original maps of Rattlesnake Mountain, eventually resulting in the 11-mile, cross-mountain Rattlesnake Mountain Trail between Snoqualmie Point and Rattlesnake Lake. Because of his devotion to Rattlesnake, a bench in Ted’s memory will be placed at the Rattlesnake Mountain Trailhead.
Ted is survived by his wife Gretchen, four sons and four grandchildren. A celebration of his life took place on October 7th at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. The Thomsen family has asked that remembrances be made to the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.
To add to the many accolades given Ted, he posthumously won the Ruth Kees Award for a Sustainable Community from the City of Issaquah.