September 17, 2020
Development chief John Abbott dies at 80
John Abbott, founding father of Seattle-based Abbott Development, died on Aug. 7 after battling most cancers. He was 80.
The corporate introduced Abbott’s passing Tuesday in a information launch.
“John Abbott taught me what it means to be a real skilled in our trade,” stated Troy Stedman, Abbott Development’s present president and CEO, within the launch. “He knew the facility of trusting relationships, working with integrity and the worth of giving again. John touched numerous lives and will probably be vastly missed.”
Abbott was born in 1940 in a farmhouse in Minnesota. His household later moved to Washington and Abbott graduated in 1958 from Highline Excessive College in Burien. His profession started as an expediter at Boeing, adopted by a change in 1959 to work for his father’s development firm.
In 1967, Strand Inc. employed him as an estimator/challenge supervisor, and he finally labored his approach as much as government vp/common supervisor. In 1981, he joined R.C. Hedreen Co.
The information launch stated Abbott believed there was a greater strategy to construct and that led to him founding Abbott Development in 1983 together with his spouse, Daybreak.
Abbott led his firm for 20 years following these ideas: high quality of service, partnering relationships, gifted craftspeople and open-shop development. He retired in 2007.
“He lived out the ideas he instilled in our firm — and it is due to these ideas that we have continued to thrive over our 37-year historical past,” Stedman stated.
Abbott Development now has 260 staff and extra workplaces in Tacoma and Los Angeles. Its initiatives are within the well being care, hospitality, public works, training, nonprofit, retail, tenant and seismic enchancment classes.
An organization spokeswoman stated Abbott was happy with all of the initiatives his firm constructed, however hospital jobs in Washington and California had been on the prime of his record.
Outdoors of his contracting enterprise, Abbott and others had been instrumental in beginning the Development Business Coaching Council of Washington, a state-licensed vocational faculty that gives apprenticeship and craft coaching in carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing and several other different trades. He additionally was energetic within the Related Basic Contractors of Washington, the place he served as president and helped set up an training endowment for college kids in development.
In a 1996 DJC article protecting a CITC-sponsored symposium on development workforce coaching, Abbott mentioned his Prime Gun program that pairs CITC apprentices with a talented craftsworker who mentors the worker. The outcomes had been a educated workforce with loyalty to an employer who has invested in them.
“We at the moment have a workforce by default,” he stated again then. “We have to start to establish and prepare high quality employees we have to take possession of this drawback each as particular person contractors and as an trade.”
Abbott additionally was an actual property developer, with properties in quite a few states.
Abbott is survived by Daybreak; youngsters Debi (Joe) Froembling, Kelley (Derek) Alves, Chere (Armando) Garcia and Steve Abbott; 5 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A personal household service was held final month. A bigger occasion could also be held later, relying on the pandemic.
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