It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Dakota Creek’s co-founder Dick Nelson. He passed peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer. Dick taught us many things, but most of all he drilled it into us that DCI employees are the true assets of the company – a company that he was extremely proud of. He was a visionary leader, inspiring mentor, and beloved friend. His legacy will live on in the projects we complete with pride and integrity, and with the trademark quality that Dakota Creek is known for world-wide. We are honored to have known him and will dedicate our work to his memory, which is the sincerest form of tribute.

We thank you, Dick, for giving us the opportunity to be part of something bigger than ourselves, for calling us to rise to the challenge of meeting your high standards, for helping us provide for our families, and for caring so deeply for us, your DCI family. You have made an impact on each of us that will not be forgotten.

We will be forever grateful to you and will fight to protect the legacy you have left behind.

Should you wish to send condolences to the family, cards can be mailed to PO Box 438, Anacortes, WA 98221. Electronic condolences can be made by emailing

Located in Anacortes, WA, Dakota Creek Industries is a complete shipbuilding and repair facility specializing in construction and repair of steel and aluminum vessels up to 400 feet (120m). Previous and current construction projects include tug boats, offshore support vessels, research vessels, fireboats, ferries, and fishing vessels. Our deep water location on Guemes channel in the Puget Sound provides easy access to our facilities which include a Syncrolift ship lift and a drydock. State of the art equipment and an experienced and dedicated workforce assures efficient and timely construction and repair of your marine investment.

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