Edward "Ed" Sigurdson
June 29, 1941 - April 5, 2020
Ed Sigurdson has passed on in his late 70's. He leaves behind a legacy of public service and projects that have touched countless lives.
Ed began his work in civil engineering in the early 1960s at the city of Salem. He was instrumental in many local projects, including the initial design of Keubler Blvd. Ed moved to the private sector after a few years with careers and leadership roles at Anderson Perry and KCM. Throughout his career, Ed also held local and national board positions with the APWA (Americal Public Works Association).
In 1988, Ed started his own engineering firm. As president of EAS Engineering, he served as City Engineer in a great many small towns in the Willamette Valley, as well as on the Oregon coast. He would continue his thriving private practice for thirty more years until he finally retired in his early 70’s.
Ed is survived by his three children, Kirk, Karin (and husband Jon), and Elin (and husband Phil). He will also be missed dearly by his two grandsons, Eric and Collin. His dear wife, Lyn, passed away before him in 2019. Ed and Lyn met at OSU in 1960, and they were married two years later in the town of Corvallis. The two were best friends as well as marriage partners for over five and a half decades.
Ed was raised in the coastal town of Seaside, Oregon. Being of Icelandic descent, his father and extended family were all fishermen and Ed always had a strong connection to the water. He enjoyed swimming in the local rivers and streams where he would dive for golf balls near the courses. Eventually, Ed began SCUBA diving, and he and Kirk would take weekend trips all over the Pacific Northwest.
Both Ed and Lyn were devoted members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, located across from Bush's Pasture Park in Salem, OR. Ed served in many roles at the church, including various board chairs, church clerk, and first reader. He was also instrumental in managing the church’s remodel project in 2017.
In 1990, Ed and Lyn constructed The Treehouse School in south Salem on the corner of Skyline and Keubler Blvds. After a few years, it was changed to its current name, Bud to Blossom. Ed strongly supported Lyn’s curriculum of “learning through discovery,” and helped with the accounting behind the scenes, troubleshooting issues, and even built the fun playground equipment. “Mister Ed” quietly helped the school provide a quality childhood education to thousands of children over the years.
Ed and Lyn had many passions in life, including drafting and constructing their dream house in south Salem in 1975, camping annually at Horseshoe Lake nestled high in the Oregon Cascades next to Mount Jefferson, and spending time in nature. In 2008, Ed realized his dream of owning a Reinell speed boat. After purchasing a fifth wheel and finding a camping spot with a boat slip in Detroit, the two would spend every summer weekend exploring the lake and hiking the trails along the Breitenbush River.
The family plans to hold a Celebration of Life as soon as social distancing restrictions will allow it, and looks forward to honoring Ed with his family and friends in the future.
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