“Dirty” Dave Wilson
Dirty Dave Wilson’s death last Friday causes us to pause and remember a man who had a significant impact on this area, including a pizza location in Yelm in the early 1990’s for a short time in what is now The Bunkhouse and his contributions to the Thurston County Food Bank and support for the Homeless Backpacks organization.
– From Drew Mikkelson for KING-5 TV News in Seattle:
“Not many restaurants could survive with the word “dirty” in their name, but it wasn’t a problem for “Dirty” Dave Wilson.
Wilson died at the age of 76 in Olympia last week.
He opened “Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor” in 1972. His sons, who now run the place, have no plans on closing. They didn’t even shut down on Friday, when Wilson passed away.
‘He would have told us to get our butts to work,’ said son Greg Wilson.
He isn’t sure where his Dad’s nickname came from.
‘I always assumed it was for his sense of humor,’ said Greg Wilson.
Wilson said the restaurant survived because they serve quality food and take care of their customers.
“Dirty” Dave also took care of his community. He was a longtime donor to the Thurston County Food Bank and helped support “Homeless Backpacks,” a charity that provides low-income students with free food.”
– From Matt Batcheldor in The Olympian:
“‘Dirty’ Dave Wilson fed the hungry in many ways”
“Dirty Dave Wilson was pizza mogul and generous contributor to food bank
Dirty Dave Wilson wasnt there to serve the legendary pizzas with cashews and the famous Jake Sandwich to hungry patrons Tuesday. But at Dirty Daves Pizza Parlor at 3939 Martin Way E., there were signs of him everywhere.”
“Wilson, 75, died of a heart attack Friday [Sept. 13] at his home. But the legend lives on for one of South Sounds longest-serving and larger-than-life restaurant owners.”