DALLAS — Enjoyed a visit to a park in Dallas lately?
Much of the credit for that belongs to the late Ron Lines, Dallas’ parks supervisor for many years.
Lines, 50, died suddenly last month, but in a life that was far too short, Dallas City Council President Jim Fairchild said Lines had a positive impact on many.
“Here’s a guy, he has done a good job in everything that he’s tried,” Fairchild said.
Fairchild was Dallas’ mayor when the city hired Lines in its parks department, but had known him since he was in elementary school. Lines and Fairchild’s daughter were in the same tight-knit class. Later, Fairchild would teach Lines at Dallas High School.
He describes Lines as fun-loving but “a well-rounded student” who might have been known to cause some trouble from time to time.
Fairchild remembers him more for another trait: community mindedness.
“If he could help you, he stopped whatever he was doing and he would help you,” he said.
That showed in what Lines choose to do in his free time. He was a Scout leader and Kids Inc. softball coach.
Lines spent most of his life in Dallas, graduating from DHS in 1983. He left Dallas after graduation but quickly returned, working for a number of local businesses, including Praegitzer Industries and Dallas Planing Mill.
Soon he started his own business, Ron’s Lawns, and eventually took a job with the Dallas School District on grounds maintenance.
Fairchild said with every role he took on, Lines steadily worked his way to the top. When Lines joined the city parks crew, he did the same.
“It wasn’t very long before he was the head of the park system,” Fairchild said. “He did it well and was more than willing to put in the extra time.”
Friday, Dallas will honor that legacy by posthumously presenting Lines with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 59th annual Community Awards Banquet hosted by the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce.
This year, the ceremony’s theme is “In Celebration of Courage,” taking note of those “courageous and generous people that live in our community.”
The awards presentation will follow dinner and a social hour, which begins at 6 p.m. at Col. James Nesmith Readiness Center in Dallas.
The awards include: Outstanding Organization, Small Business, New Business, Ag Business, Business of the Year, President’s Award, Lifetime Achievement, Good Samaritans, Excellence in Arts, Junior First Citizen and First Citizen.
Fairchild, who nominated Lines for Lifetime Achievement, said he is glad to see Dallas recognizing the mark Lines left on his city.
“For a life cut short, he had done a lot of things,” Fairchild said.
“And in every place, he made it better.”
And the winners are …
Outstanding Organization — Dallas Fire Department Chaplains
Small Business — El Pique
New Business — West Valley Taphouse
Ag Business — Daryll's Nursery
Business — Oregon State Credit Union
President's Award — Dallas Economic Development Commission
Lifetime Achievement — Ron Lines
Good Samaritan's — Jim Rodriguez & Colby Hamilton
Excellence in Arts — John Beck
Junior First Citizen — Jeremey Santee-Malloy (works at Citizens Bank)
First Citizen — Bob Brannigan
What: 59th annual Community Award Banquet.
When: Friday, 6 p.m.
Where: Oregon National Guard’s Nesmith Readiness Center, 12835 Westview Drive, Dallas.
Tickets: Tickets are $40 per person or $45 at the door. Tickets are available at the chamber’s office, 168 SW Court St. (open Wednesday and Thursday) and Dallas City Hall, 187 SE Court St.
Theme: In Celebration of Courage.
For more information: http://www.dallas....