Dr. Duane V. Hurst, former mayor of Kirkland and longtime president of Northwest College, died last week at age 93. Better known as D.V., he served three terms on the Kirkland City Council and was mayor from 1979-83.
Hurst was president of Northwest College for 25 years. An avid football fan, one of his proudest accomplishments was brokering the deal to keep the Seattle Seahawks training facility in Kirkland. In 1986, when it was announced the Seahawks needed to move from their initial training facility at Carillon Point, Hurst negotiated with then Seahawk General Manager Mike McCormick a 20-year lease of 12 acres of undeveloped land at the college. The Seahawks headquarters was located at Northwest until they moved to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC) in Renton.
Born in Avondale, Minn., Hurst was an ordained minister. He accepted speaking engagements around the world, ministering in over 40 countries. He earned a post-graduate degree from Drury College and honorary doctorates from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Seattle Pacific University. Following his tenure at Northwest, Hurst held various positions including Consultant at Asia Pacific Theological Association, Chairman of a Capital Campaign at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and President of the Asia Theological Center for Evangelism & Missions in Singapore.
Hurst served on the board of Bank of Kirkland (now a part of Key Bank) and was active in civic activities as a longtime member of Kirkland Rotary.
In his spare time, Hurst enjoyed outdoor activities, especially fishing. He shared this passion with his son, son-in-law and grandsons who enjoyed many fishing trips together – both domestically and internationally.
Hurst is survived by son Rick (LeAnn), son-in law Darrell Hobson, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Aggie, and daughter, Gigi.
A viewing will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Jan 12 at Sunset Hills Funeral Home in Bellevue followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Jan. 14 at Butterfield Chapel at Northwest University. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hurst Scholarship Fund at Northwest University in Kirkland.