Randal Lee "Randy" Dinehart

April 15, 1954 ~ April 24, 2013

Randal "Randy" Lee Dinehart passed away in Rescue, CA, on April 24, 2013, at the age of 59.
Randal is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Jan Elaine Dinehart. They were married in Portland, Oregon, on June 11, 1988.
Randal is lovingly remembered by his mother Carol Olsen and step-father, Albert "Ole" Olsen of Federal Way, WA; his father Lee Dinehart and partner, Barbara Rolfe of Tacoma, WA; sister, Karen Dinehart of Shoreline, WA, and niece, Rita Allen of CT; sister, Kathleen (Allan) Beveridge, niece, Rhianna and nephew, Nathan, of Lavington NSW, Australia; sister, Lynda (Larry) Fetter and nephew, Jacob of Federal Way, WA; sister, Jeanne Dinehart of Bellingham, WA and nephew, Jeffrey; brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Kathy Ensele of Sterling, VA and nephews Mike Ensele of Centreville, VA and TJ (Alyssa) Ensele of Woodbridge, VA. Randal is also lovingly remembered by his many aunts and uncles.
Randal had a special bond with the Olson family of Federal Way, WA, and will be fondly remembered by Jan Olson and her daughters, Karla Jo Tupper and Kristin Walker, and their families. Randal was predeceased by Larry Olson, who was his loving guide and mentor.
Randal was born in Tacoma, WA, on April 15, 1954. He graduated from Federal Way High School in 1972 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington in 1977. He attended the University of Minnesota for post graduate studies. Randal was passionate about his career as a Research Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. He was a devoted civil servant for 33+ years. He was one of the first technical responders at the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980, and built his career around the studies he conducted at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, WA. He concluded his career at the USGS office in Sacramento, CA, working on studies of the Sacramento River/San Francisco Bay delta.
Randal was an excellent technical and creative writer, avid reader, and had a lifelong passion for writing and performing music, especially rock and jazz.
A memorial service will be held for Randal at the Calvary Lutheran Church at 2415 S. 320th St., Federal Way, WA, on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., with Pastor Lori Cornell officiating. A reception will be held after the service, with details to be provided at the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Multi Service Center, P.O. Box 23699, Federal Way, WA, 98093-0699, www.multi-servicecenter.com, or to a .

Please sign Randal's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits.

Published in The Columbian on May 22, 2013