‘This one’s for you, Denny’
January 27, 2014
By Christina Corrales-Toy
NEW — 2:45 p.m. Jan. 27, 2014
Newcastle Shell station owner, and avid Seattle Seahawks fan, Elizabeth Widseth knew this football season was going to be special.
She knew it long before Russell Wilson took the first snap of the season; long before the Hawks earned a 13-3 record; and long before the victorious team boarded its plane to New Jersey.
Widseth knew good things were in store for the Hawks, when she looked at the calendar and noticed that the Super Bowl was on Feb. 2, exactly a year after her husband, popular Newcastle Shell owner Dennis Yarnell died.
“I knew this was going to be a magical season led by Dennis,” she said. “We all knew that they were going to win for Dennis and he was coaching them from up there.”
Now, just days before she departs for the East Coast, where she will fulfill the couple’s dream of watching the Super Bowl in person, Widseth said she’s filled with a mix of emotions.
“It’s sad because Dennis isn’t with me, but yet I’m so happy,” she said. “I know he would want me there.”
Yarnell, 33, passed away after his car crashed into a utility pole last year. It was a loss felt across the entire community, as mourners remembered the man who went above and beyond in his care for his customers and their cars.
His presence was so important in the city that the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce changed the name of its Diamond Award given to the community’s most inspirational person to the Dennis Yarnell Inspiration Award.
Widseth and the couple’s son, Trevor, accepted the first award at the November Diamond Awards ceremony.
“It’s nice to keep his story out there and that’s what means the most to me,” Widseth said. “I want his son to know how important his dad was.”
Widseth, a Seahawks season ticket holder, is departing for New Jersey on Friday and will attend the game with her best friend.
Though Yarnell won’t be there with her physically, Widseth said she knows he will be there in spirit. In any case, Widseth promises to cheer on the Seahawks for the both of them.
“I am a little spiritual and I do feel like he’s my little angel,” she said.
Widseth said she’s prepared for the cold, having purchased snow pants earlier in the week, and there’s little doubt in her mind how the Seahawks will do on Feb. 2.
“We’re going to win, definitely,” she said.