The Azalea Award has been a long-standing tradition at the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce. This award is given to those who have a history of serving our community and still continue to do so and must currently reside in McKinleyville.
The Azalea Award winners also serve as Grand Marshals in our Pony Express Days parade. The 2013 recipients of this honored award are Garth and Linda Sundberg.
They were honored at the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner on March 22.
Garth and Linda Sundberg were both born and raised in Humboldt County. They graduated from McKinleyville High School. Garth went on to College of the Redwoods. Linda began a life long career working in her grandfather’s insurance agency as a sophomore in high school.
Married in 1973, they will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in September this year.
Linda has always had a strong and enthusiastic commitment to service and community activity support.
Linda carries a nickname of “Activity Director” by her family. She served as a member of the Northern Humboldt Union High School District board for two terms, as a member of the McKinleyville Senior Advisory Board, Greenwood Cemetery Association, numerous committees for the Arcata Fire Department, and Community Business Advisory Board of Umpqua Bank.
Linda has been a Farmers Insurance Group Agent for the past 32 years. She is proud to be associated with a national company, of which one of the three company founders was from Humboldt County.
Garth spent the first 35 years of his working career for Miller Farms Nursery, a family owned and operated business. During his tenure there, he operated as construction manager. Several parks and subdivisions were developed in McKinleyville. Garth can probably identify underground infrastructure of McKinleyville without calling USA DIG.
Presently Garth and his son Randy operate GR Sundberg, Inc. a general engineering construction company.
Garth is a member of Trinidad Rancheria. He became involved in Tribal Government in the early 1990s. Garth is presently Chairman of Trinidad Rancheria, and has served in that capacity since 2005.
He also is Chairman of the Northern California Tribal Chairman’s Association, a collaborative of Native American leaders who have a voice with State and Federal Governmental agencies.
Garth also sits on the Northern California Tribal Court Coalition, Cal Trans Native American Advisory Council, National Congress of American Indians and the Humboldt County Indian Gaming Committee.
Garth and Linda raised their family in McKinleyville. They are proud to called Grammie and Papa by their five grandchildren.
The Sundberg’s are honored to say: We are from McKinleyville and No One Could Be Prouder.