The son of an Edmonds man who died after diving at the Edmonds Underwater Park last Saturday said that he and his father were doing practice dives in preparation for harvesting geoducks in Hood Canal when his father became unconscious last Saturday.
Frank Dold Jr. , 36, performed CPR on his father, 56-year-old Frank Dold, and CPR was continued by paramedics at Brackett’s Landing beach. Despite these heroic efforts, the older Dold could not be revived.
The younger Dold said that his father had just turned in his retirement papers at Gai’s Bakery in Seattle, and was looking forward to enjoying “all the things he had always wanted to do,” including scuba diving. Frank Dold Jr. said his father was two weeks from retirement when Saturday’s tragedy occurred, and noted that he had waited an extra year to retire to ensure that two of his children had health insurance.
A Hungarian refugee who came to the United States as a child in 1956, Mr. Dold lived in Edmonds with his wife Patty and his son Steven, 21, a cinematographer. In addition to his wife and two sons, Mr. Dold is survived by two daughters — Jessica of Moses Lake and Melissa of Mountlake Terrace; two grandchildren, Claire and Jordan; plus other relatives in Edmonds and Shoreline and many family members in Hungary.
According to his son, Mr. Dold was employed in Alaska as a commercial fishermen until the early 1980s, when he went to work at Gai’s Bakery. Mr. Dold had two children — Frank Jr. and Melissa — with his former wife, Jolynn, while Steven and Jessica were born after his marriage to Patty. “My father loved to fish and take his grandkids fishing,” the younger Dold said. Among Mr. Dold’s other passions were gardening and panning for gold. “He was always thinking about striking the mother lode,” Dold said.
In addition, Mr. Dold was the first private citizen to have a government geothermal lease on Mount Baker, his son said. “He had the idea of making geothermal generators and using the access water for bottling. Of course, people thought he was crazy someone would pay 50 cents for a bottle of water.”
The younger Dold said that at the time of his father’s death, the two of them were in the process of buying a hand trolling boat in Petersburg, Alaska, “because we both had a passion to work together, no stress — just fun”
“I will miss my dad more than anything,” he said. “He wasn’t just my dad but my best friend.”
Frank Dold Jr. is also asking for the public’s help in finding the disposable underwater camera that his father was wearing on his wrist during the dive. “Neither the medical examiner nor the police department have the camera in evidence, so it is possible it was lost or forgotten during the commotion,” he said. “This camera means a great deal to me and my family, it was the last moments I had with my father,” he said.
If you found the camera or have additional information, please contact the Edmonds Police Department.