|Photo courtesy of Mark Esvelt.|
Larry Esvelt, owner of Esvelt Environmental Engineering (Spokane, Wash.) and a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) since 1964, died April 25 at the age of 72.
Esvelt, born Oct. 19, 1938, in Spokane, received a bachelor’s degree with honors in civil engineering from Washington State University (Pullman), as well as a master’s degree in civil engineering and a doctorate in engineering from the University of California–Berkeley. In 1976, he opened Esvelt Environmental Engineering.
“His work in environmental engineering took him first around the Pacific Northwest and eventually around the world, designing, consulting, and accrediting,” Esvelt’s obituary
says. “He will always be remembered for his integrity, generosity, and leadership.”
In addition to being a licensed professional engineer in seven states, an author of numerous papers and technical reports, and a member of various professional and academic boards and committees, Esvelt had been a member of WEF’s Water Reuse Committee since 2008.
“Larry was a huge part of and a primary driver for water reuse here in the Northwest,” said Water Reuse Committee Chairman Craig Riley.
Esvelt was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE; Reston, Va.), past president of the ASCE Inland Empire Section, and a member of the American Water Works Association (Denver). He received the ASCE Inland Empire Section Engineer of Merit Award in 1980 and the Spokane County Aquifer Protection Award.