Einar Denstad made his transition on July 6, 2013. Einar was born in Surrey, England to Dorothy, (his Welsh mother) and Sigurd Denstad (his Norwegian father). He had an adventurous childhood. At the tender age of 6, he was sent to a boarding school where he eventually settled into a new life apart from his family. Later his father decided Einar and his older brother, Stanley, should be educated in Norway. Einar spent two and a half years there, exploring the coast by boat, and enjoying his free time with school friends tobogganing, cross country skiing, sailing and setting up crystal radio links. In January 1940 his mother came to Norway to collect her children and take them back to her home in England. It was a fortunate escape as in April 1940 the German army invaded Norway and occupied the country until the end of World War II.
After leaving boarding school in 1942 Einar worked in London. As he was too young to enlist, he volunteered as an Air Raid Precaution Warden. Just before the war ended he joined the Royal Norwegian Air Force then based in Devon, England and later served as air attaché to the Norwegian Embassy in London, England. In 1947 Einar was offered the opportunity to emigrate to New York, a post he readily accepted as his younger sister and brother had been evacuated to Massachusetts in 1940.
Einar decided to move to the Boston area once he had completed his initial term of employment. He joined American Standard Inc. as a trainee sales and marketing representative in 1949. He married his first wife, Priscilla, in Boston and their daughter, Diana, was born in 1954. He was transferred to Seattle as District Manager in 1959. This provided him a chance to explore the Pacific Northwest as he travelled through his region as a road warrior. After a divorce, he moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1979 where he was sales director of a manufacturer's representation company, based in Seattle. While in Alaska he served as President of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
In 1984 following a serious health challenge Einar was forced into retirement. However he promptly kept himself busy. In 1987-89 he was co-chair of the Centennial Sangerfest of the PCNSA hosted by the Norwegian Male Chorus of Seattle. The event was declared one of the most successful concerts with over 1,000 participants.
Music was an important part of Einar's life. As a boy he played tenor horn in the school band and was featured as soloist in various local concerts. In church choirs and Norwegian Choruses Einar sang second bass. While in Boston he auditioned with E. Power Biggs who welcomed him to his choir. Einar enjoyed many genres of music from traditional jazz to choral music and classical works.
Einar loved the outdoors and the beauty of nature. He was an avid skier, sailor, cyclist, hiker, camper and fisherman. For several years, he was President of the Sons of Norway Cascade Lodge and in 1972 he received the President of the Year award. He completed his training with Toastmasters and the Power Squadron, remaining active in both organizations for several years.
Throughout his life Einar was searching for a spiritual home, which he finally found when Unity of Bellevue built their church near his house. He checked the Unity movement out and never looked back. It was at a Unity seminar in Missouri that Einar met the love of his life, Margaret, and they were happily married for over 22 years. In 1992 Einar became a Unity Licensed Teacher and completed pastoral care training, volunteering at Evergreen Hospice and Hospital. He was a speaker and teacher who walked his talk.
A true gentleman, kind, loving and forgiving, Einar had a keen sense of humor – we all remember him with his twinkling eyes.
Einar is survived by his loving wife, Margaret; beloved daughter Diana (Gary); sisters Elizabeth and Paula, brother David; grandchildren Camilla, Johan (Kimmy), Olivia (Adam), and Kajsa (Michael); and great grandchildren Ella and Boden.
In lieu of flowers, please make your remembrances by donating to Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362, or to a charity of your choice