Honoring the Life and Legacy of Jon Runstad

Last updated: July 24, 2023, at 9:10 a.m. PT

Originally published: July 24, 2023, at 9:06 a.m. PT

"Honoring the life and legacy of Jon Runstad" next to a collage of camp photos and underneath a portrait of Jon Runstad

The measure of a person is ultimately found in the lives they have touched. Jon Runstad, a long-standing supporter of the YMCA of Greater Seattle, embodied this statement, and his stature as a community leader certainly stands taller than any of the skyscrapers he helped construct in redefining Seattle’s incredible modern-day skyline. Make no mistake – Jon was more than a builder of buildings. He was a builder of communities and the people who fill them. Our city would have looked and felt vastly different without Jon and Wright Runstad, the company he co-founded more than 40 years ago.  

While we are still deeply saddened at Jon’s passing, his legacy will live on in all those he touched through his civic responsibility, humanity, and generosity. He was a mentor to anyone who had the pleasure of rolling up their sleeves and working beside him. Hundreds of real estate and business professionals were informed and inspired through programs he and his accomplished wife, Judy, envisioned and endowed. Industry innovations developed through Jon’s vision, advocacy, and support will continue to impact our region and the quality of life so many of us enjoy in Seattle.  

Jon’s passions extended beyond creating new environments into sharing his love for nature and getting outside. He will be remembered at the YMCA of Greater Seattle for helping low-income youth gain access to the great outdoors. Jon and Judy established an endowment in camp and outdoor leadership in 2009. As a result, many young people who need us most have experienced the joy, friendships, and personal growth Camp Orkila and Camp Colman provide each year. Because of Jon and Judy, those experiences will continue for years to come.  

Jon will be missed, but his legacy will inspire us forever. Along with our condolences to his loved ones and many, many friends, we send the Y’s gratitude for being a part of the incredibly meaningful 81 years Jon enjoyed. Jon’s impact in community will be forever felt, remembered, and cherished.  


In community & gratitude,  

Loria Yeadon  

President & CEO  

YMCA of Greater Seattle 

Category: Giving