The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce announced the addition of a new category to their annual Newcastle Diamond Awards. “The Dennis Yarnell Inspiration Award.
The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce announced the addition of a new category to their annual Newcastle Diamond Awards. “The Dennis Yarnell Inspiration Award will be presented at all future Diamond Awards,” announced Newcastle Diamond Award Chair Christina Mason. The Dennis Yarnell Inspiration Award will be given to an individual whose steadfast commitment and contribution to the community and/or residents inspires and motivates others in the greater Newcastle area.
Dennis E. Yarnell Jr., 33, of Black Diamond, passed away February 2, 2013. Dennis was the owner and operator of the Newcastle Shell station. He was a member of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and a popular member of the community. The first Dennis Yarnell/Inspiration Award will be presented to Yarnell’s wife, Elizabeth J. Widseth and his 4th grade son Trevor H. Yarnell.
The following text is the presentation made to Elizabeth Widseth and Trevor Yarnell at the Newcastle Diamond Awards.
The Dennis Yarnell Inspiration Award is to be given to an individual who inspires and motivates others in the community. The first award is presented to Elizabeth Widseth and Trevor Yarnell.
Dennis was hardworking, honest and dedicated. Dennis’ dedication to his community – the city of Newcastle, the patrons and employees of the Station – was what made him shine. Dedication was obvious in everything Dennis did.
Many members of our community got to know Dennis as the station owner of Newcastle Shell. He was an active member of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce.
Dennis was the kind of guy who didn’t sit around and talk about doing things — he just went out and did them. Dennis was caring, thoughtful and showed commitment in this community. Those of us who knew him were inspired by his actions.
Dennis had such a passion for what he did, he loved the station and he genuinely loved fixing cars and enjoyed sharing his passion with the kids who came to work at the station. The kids came to the station for their first job, guided by word of mouth of a great work environment. Dennis was known for hiring kids who needed a first job. He guided them through those first few days at work until they left for college. It was Dennis’ joy when those same kids came back from college and returned to tell Dennis how appreciative they were of the work ethic he taught them.
Trevor was his dad’s buddy – they did everything together from bike riding, fishing and more. Trevor is ten years old and in the 4th grade at Black Diamond Elementary. He is good at math, and like his father, Trevor is a loyal friend to his pals.
Elizabeth Widseth and Dennis Yarnell began dating at ages 15 and 17. “Dennis was such a planner. He knew back then (in 1997) that he wanted to own his own shop,” said Widseth. In 2000 Dennis started working at Newcastle Shell; in 2003 he discussed buying the station with the owner and put into motion his plans to own the shop. Yarnell became the owner in 2007.
Dennis was the kind of guy who didn’t sit around and talk about doing things – he just went out and did them. This award is such an incredible honor and tribute to Dennis’ life, said Widseth.
Beth Widseth and son Trevor Yarnell will be at the Newcastle Diamond Awards to receive the first annual Dennis Yarnell/Inspiration award on November 13, 2013. It will be four days before the couple would have celebrated 13 years together.
“The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce is delighted to honor Dennis for his caring, commitment, and demonstrated service to the Newcastle community, “ said Christina Mason. “Dennis inspired each of us to go out of our way to serve our neighbors as if they were family,” Mason continued.
The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Diamond Awards were founded in 2005. The Awards are presented once a year at the Chamber’s Diamond Award Ceremony. The recipient of a Diamond Award is chosen based on their contribution to the community of the greater Newcastle area. The recipients demonstrate dedication, integrity and caring, with a passion for doing what needs to be done.