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Message from the Director: Remembering Ron Shultz

Message from the Director: Remembering Ron Shultz
Ron Shultz's headshot from 2017

To our partners and stakeholders,

It is with great sadness I share with you today the passing of our colleague Ron Shultz.

As many may know, Ron faced many health challenges over the last few years, yet this never stopped his tireless efforts in supporting and advocating for voluntary conservation.

His legacy of working with districts, partners, and legislators to educate and secure funding for conversation projects across our state will endure for years to come.

Ron’s commitment to his work, good humor, and helpfulness have touched each of us in many ways. His passing will leave an immense void, not only in our hearts but also in the work we do to support conservation.

During this time of loss, let us reflect on Ron’s dedication to make the world a better place. May our thoughts now be with his family.



Ron's celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2023 at the Calvary Chapel Church in Olympia located at 919 Division St. NW, Olympia, WA 98502.

Download the invitation here.

Follow this link to join the livestream.

Read Ron's obituary here.

View Ron's e-card with signatures (signing now closed to be printed and sent to family)

Ron receiving an award for 20 years of state service from the SCC's former Executive Director Carol Smith.

Ron chatting with colleagues during the 2022 commission tour in Lincoln Conservation District.

Ron is pictured here with the rest of the SCC team during the December 2017 all-staff meeting.

Please note: If you need anything from SCC's policy shop, please reach out to either Alison Halpern, who is serving acting policy director or Karla Heinitz our policy assistant.