Former County Commissioner Don Lindly passed away yesterday. Don served as a Lincoln County Commissioner longer than anyone in County history--January 1991 to June 2012. He was a tireless advocate for the Highway 20 reconstruction project, for county and state parks, and many other important works. During his time as County Commissioner Lindly promoted an organizational culture of cooperation, commitment and trust within the commission and throughout all of county government.
Lindly’s contribution to Lincoln County included serving on many state and regional boards and committees, always giving Lincoln County a strong voice on important regional and statewide challenges. Lindly also had strong beliefs about citizen participation in government. When he announced his retirement he said "there is no other place that I love more than our beautiful county, and no job that I’ve loved more than this one." The County honored Mr. Lindly's many years of service by naming a County park after him. Located on Hwy 34 at milepost 7.
On a personal note, I worked with Mr. Lindly for many years and did many interviews with him. He loved his golden retriever dog, U of O and was passionate about Lincoln County. I am sad to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Lin and his family and many friends who knew and loved him.