Avon Pinegar, who was buried Friday, exemplified all that a citizen can hope for in a public official or employee.
His dedication and concern for the benefit of the housing needs of this community through his position as director of the Tacoma Housing Authority and its foundation, which he established and directed until his death, should be known to all. His goal was to provide a decent home and environment for Tacomans on the lower rungs of the economic ladder.
He was appointed director of the THA when Salishan was the center of the city’s drug and crime problem and the authority had spent itself into near bankruptcy. Within several years of his leadership the crime center had moved elsewhere, maintenance and remodeling to acceptable standards was realized, and THA was on a strong financial footing, gaining national recognition for its successes.
The beautiful new East Side neighborhood that exists today is one part of Avon’s legacy. Even greater legacies are the values, standards and principles that he imparted to all who worked with him or benefited from his efforts.