Jack Welfare and Dave Ullin (right) teaching a marine science camp for kids in 2011. (Photo courtesy of Mary Miller)

Jack Welfare and Dave Ullin (right) teaching a marine science camp for kids in 2011. (Photo courtesy of Mary Miller)

Eagle Harbor Marina to be renamed after Dave Ullin

The late Dave Ullin, well-known among Bainbridge Islanders as the unofficial custodian of Eagle Harbor, will be commemorated in the renaming of the open water marina at Eagle Harbor.

The Bainbridge city council approved a resolution to change the name of the marina to Dave Ullin Open Water Marina earlier this month.

“The liveaboard community is comprised of those who set their clocks by nature’s rhythms, who value independence over convenience, freedom over convention, and who have chosen sustainability as their way of life,” the council resolution reads. “Dave was the public face of the liveaboard community on Bainbridge Island. He was humble, frugal, helpful, and generous, and lived simply.”

Mayor Val Tollefson worked with friends of Ullin’s to draft the resolution.

The mayor said the commemoration of Ullin will be a way for future generations to the lessons he left behind.

“Dave is kind of an example of a little piece of our community that is important to keep in mind as the community evolves and changes,” Tollefson said.

Ullin always stressed the importance of sustainable, low-impact living. He could often be spotted walking or rowing his boat because of his choice to forego using an internal combustion engine. Ullin was also a frequent sight at community organized weed-pulling events and other earth-friendly outreach efforts, and was constantly working to keep the shores of Eagle Harbor clean.

“By naming the Open Water Marina in honor of Dave Ullin, Islanders will be moved to ask about him, and will learn through stories of his life that there is great value in simplicity, in purposeful work, and in living in harmony with nature,” the resolution read.

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