David H. A. Browitt was a long-time Roslyn resident, a lawyer, a community leader who loved the people, the culture, and the history of this community. He served as founding board member and former president of the Roslyn Cemetery Beneficial Association.
Browitt’s commitment to preserving and sharing the history of his beloved community was described in his obituary:
Even as a child David was captivated by the region’s heritage, particularly its cultural tapestry and coal-mining legacy. He eagerly engaged individuals who could tell him about the past, intently listened to their stories and invariably sought to expand on what he had been told. This atypical childhood pursuit evolved into a lifetime passion; David could speak or write on myriad topics, and was frequently asked to do so, and he was recognized as a steadfast source of accurate historical knowledge.
David’s work to preserve Roslyn’s history was just one manifestation of how dedicated he was to his community; this devotion was also reflected in his civic involvement. He served on Roslyn’s city council, acted as city attorney and drafted code that established the Roslyn Cemetery Commission, upon which he later served as a board member. [Ellensburg Daily Record, Apr. 5, 2017]
In honor of Browitt’s significant contributions to the preservation of the Roslyn cemeteries, the RCBA has established the David Browitt Memorial Fund. Funds from the memorial are used to support projects that preserve and promote the cemeteries’ historical significance.
If you would wish to become a financial partner in Browitt’s lasting legacy of preserving Roslyn’s historic cemeteries, please contact the Roslyn Cemetery Beneficial Association at email@example.com.
Several of Browitt’s lectures on the history of Roslyn are preserved and available online.
Thank you for helping us honor the fond memories we have of David and his energy, involvement and commitment to Roslyn history!
For information on making a memorial contribution to the David Browitt Memorial Fund, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 509-649-3429.
Roslyn Cemetery Beneficial Association
P.O. Box 156
Roslyn, WA 98941