W. Conrad Hoskins
Dec. 31, 1937 — June 3, 2013
W. Conrad Hoskins died on June 3, 2013. He was the only child of Vera and Ward Hoskins, who were both from farming families that traveled across the Oregon Trail and settled in Columbia County, Wash. Born on New Year’s Eve in 1937, Conrad grew up on a wheat ranch on the outskirts of Dayton. He graduated from Dayton High School in 1956 and earned degrees at Stanford University in 1960 and Stanford Law School in 1964.
After practicing law with a large San Francisco firm, in the early 1970s he started his own law firm in San Rafael, Calif., that ultimately grew into the largest firm in Marin County. Conrad specialized in litigation and was tapped for numerous honorary legal societies including The American Board of Trial Attorneys and The Trial Attorneys Board. He was a lifetime fellow of the American Bar Foundation and held the highest rating granted for legal excellence and ethics. He regularly served as Superior Court Judge Pro Tem and was a lecturer on aspects of the law.
After practicing law for 35 years, he retired and returned to his roots, moving back to a horse ranch he purchased on the North Touchet River in Dayton for what he thought would be pursuits other than law. Instead, moved by the call to public service, he ran for and was elected to the office of Prosecuting Attorney for Columbia County. He served in that position for four years and thereafter was appointed as substitute Superior Court Judge for several years.
Conrad was a strong believer in the concept of paying back society for prior benefits received. In 1981, he founded the Ward and Vera Memorial Scholarship for graduates of Dayton High School. He also started the Columbia County Scholarship at the Walla Walla Community College where he served on the Board of Governors.
Conrad is survived by his son, Ben; his daughter-in-law, Sally; and his two grandchildren, Henry Byers Hoskins and Caroline Conrad Hoskins. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Waitsburg, with details to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Ward and Vera Hoskins Scholarship, c/o The Blue Mountain Community Foundation, P.O. Box 603, Walla Walla, WA 99362.