Statement from IDEC: ‘Donnie was the Center, and the Center was Donnie’

The International Examiner August 2, 2015 0
Donnie Chin, director of the International District Emergency Center, exchanges information with Erin Bard, a consultant with David, Evans, and Associates during a multi-modal transit terminal meeting in January 1994. • Photo by Dean Wong

Donnie Chin, director of the International District Emergency Center, exchanges information with Erin Bard, a consultant with David, Evans, and Associates during a multi-modal transit terminal meeting in January 1994. • Photo by Dean Wong

The following is a statement from Richard Mar, board chair of the International District Emergency Center:

At this time of mourning, we deeply thank the community and the public for the outpouring
of love and support for Donnie Chin and IDEC. As the board for the agency that Donnie
founded and nurtured, we are still devastated by his loss, and frankly still very angry about the circumstances of his death. We need time to grieve before we can move forward as an organization.

A number of suggestions have been made on how to best honor Donnie’s legacy. We ask at
this time that offers of contributions to IDEC be held for the moment, until we are able to meet as a board and assess the best course of action for our organization and our community.

Donnie Chin was one-of-a-kind. Donnie was the Center, and the Center was Donnie. He left
big shoes that no one person can fill. No matter how we move forward, it will never be the
same without him. We will get back to you when we have more to share.

However, Donnie’s loss also left a hole in his family, and we encourage expressions of
condolences and support for them. To make a contribution to the Chin family, checks can be
made to the Donnie Chin Memorial Fund, and mailed to IDEC, PO Box 14103, Seattle WA
98114.

Thank you for your thoughts at this difficult time.

Richard Mar
Board Chair, International District Emergency Center

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