John O. Linde, 1947-2009 | Editorial

When a public person dies, discussions usually center on that person’s accomplishments in their field.

Superior Court Judge John O. Linde will also be so remembered, and there is a lot to remember: San Juan County District Court judge for 21 years (at one time the youngest in the state). Principal of a well-established and well-respected law firm. First judge of the San Juan County Superior Court. Member of the boards of directors of the Friday Harbor Athletic Association, Inter Island Medical Center, San Juan Community Theatre, San Juan Golf and Country Club, and San Juan Little League.

But he was also a husband, a father, a brother, a son. The islands grieve the loss of a vital community member. A family grieves the loss of a loved one.

We will remember how, as a judge, he tempered justice with mercy, to borrow attorney Carla Higginson’s phrase. We will remember how he, as an attorney, looked for ways for people to resolve disputes and put their differences behind them. We will remember the joy he had in leading the county’s participating in National Adoption Day, and presiding over an adoption.

We offer our appreciation for John O. Linde’s public service and devotion to our community and its young people. And to his family and friends, we offer our condolences.

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