Richard “Ric” Odegard, a former banking govt who was a prolific enterprise marketing consultant and group steward within the Spokane area, died final week. He was 81.

The Snohomish native died Saturday following a 12 months by which his progressive dementia accelerated, stated his son Mark Odegard.

Ric Odegard, a former govt for the now-defunct Seafirst Financial institution, served in dozens of positions on enterprise, training and group boards and campaigns.

Ric Odegard and his household moved a number of instances throughout his childhood to a lot of locations in California and components of Washington.

His grownup life was related as he climbed the ranks at Seafirst, shifting with administration promotions till first touchdown to Spokane in 1978. The household moved briefly round two years later earlier than coming again to remain in 1983.

“He thought it might be higher for the household to discover a place to remain and instructed his bosses he wasn’t going to maneuver anymore though he knew that will hinder his profession from there ahead,” he stated.

Odegard retired in 1996 from Seafirst Financial institution after 29 years, having served as govt vp for Seafirst in Jap Washington.

Whereas it’s now Avista Stadium, the ballpark was renamed within the ’90s from Fairgrounds Ballpark to Seafirst Stadium, due to a deal Odegard helped negotiate.

Seafirst’s merger with Financial institution of America – and the change in tradition with changing into a nationwide establishment – was a part of what prompted Odegard to retire at 55, Mark Odegard stated.

The model died off round 1999, based on the Seattle Occasions.

From there, Odegard was a board member and interim CEO for the previous Tidyman’s Inc. grocery store chain. Tidyman’s, based in 1968, went out of enterprise in 2006.

As well as, Odegard served as an govt for the previous Spokane-based Farmers & Retailers Financial institution. That later was bought by Banner Financial institution in 2007.

A former president and chairman of the Spokane Space Chamber of Commerce, Odegard additionally chaired campaigns selling bond levies for Spokane Public Faculties District 81 and a capital marketing campaign trying to boost funds for a proposed multimillion-dollar science middle in Riverfront Park.

“He was proudest of his work on the college levies and having the ability to assist contribute to training,” Mark Odegard stated.

Odegard is survived by his spouse of greater than 5 a long time, Kay, and his three sons, Mark, Cory and Eric. The household is understanding plans for a memorial, which wouldn’t happen till presumably later this spring.

“He was one of the best. I at all times regarded as much as him in each approach,” Mark stated. “What he meant to me was simply being relatable to everyone and targeted on being a very good individual in treating everyone nicely and caring for his household.”

Odegard had a task on the committee that employed Wealthy Hadley in 1993 as president of the Spokane Space Chamber of Commerce. Hadley served as chamber president till his retirement in 2014.

Hadley – who led chambers of commerce in Colorado, Montana and Minnesota previous to his arrival in Spokane – remembers how he and his spouse, Rita, have been personally welcomed and launched to the realm by Ric and Kay Odegard after driving in from Minnesota.

“He was a terrific ambassador for this area, due to his love for it and his outgoing character and communication abilities,” Hadley stated. “He was an incredible enterprise and civic chief for this area … He bought me on Spokane, that’s for positive.”

Bobby Brett, proprietor of the Spokane Indians and Chiefs, can recall how Odegard was as soon as known as in to assist settle a dispute between Chiefs possession and administration for the outdated Spokane Coliseum just a few years earlier than the coliseum was demolished in 1995.

Brett stated Odegard wanted simply half-hour to assist them attain a decision.

“He was that kind of man. He was actually good. Only a actually good individual,” Brett stated. “Low-key, by no means obtained excited. and only a man that I at all times actually, actually admired – that I believe all of us want we might have a bit of Ric Odegard in us.”Greg Mason will be reached at (509) 459-5047 or [email protected]

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