The Tingstad Family 
The Tacoma-Pierce County roster of families whose names are almost syn-onymous with sports has been joined by another outstanding one, the Ed Tingstad family.

That list includes the Williams, the Names, the Hannulas, the Westerings and the Huards, all deserving to be number ones. So, take a look at the Tingstad resumes and you’ll be quick to say “ they definitely belong” in that select company. Dad was a standout athlete at Lincoln high and the University of Puget Sound. He captained the Abes in basketball and led them to a sixth place finish at the state tournament where they handed #1 ranked Rich-land their first defeat of the season to reach the semi-finals.

Changing to football at UPS, Tingstad became a Methodist All-America as a pass receiver and still holds a Logger scoring record with a 94-yard recep-tion, longest in school history and a national NAIA record then for longest pass play in small-college history. His 8 touchdown pass receptions also established a school record in 1960.

He coached football for 16 years, served the Bethel School District for 30 years, was Athletic Director for 16 years and was A.D. of the Year in 1992, President of the State A.D. Association in 89-90, and has been inducted into the Washington State A.D. Hall of Fame.

What about his family? Did they compete in sports? Were they good students? Check this out:

Number one son is Ed Tingstad – make that Dr. Ed Tingstad, Or-thopaedic Surgeon and Washington State University team physician. He also is the team physician for the University of Idaho. A three-sport all-league star at Bethel high with a 3.9 grade point average, Tingstad was Bethel’s student body president. He was named Tacoma-Pierce County Scholar Athlete Back of the Year by the National Football Foundation. He received an athletic scholarship offer from WSU and played football for the Cougars where he became a first-team Academic All-Pacific Ten Conference running back in 1988. He was named one of 11 nationwide award winners as a Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete by the National Football Foundation, graduated summa cum laude, and was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Arts and Sci-ences. A Phi Beta Kappa, he graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1993. Later
he spent five years at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery. Returning to his Alma Mater in 2000, Tingstad was asked to be the school’s Commence-ment Speaker in 2005 and in 2009 he was given the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association, the WSU Alumni Achievement Award.

Chairman of the Pullman Regional Hospital Surgical Staff, Dr. Ed has six medical publications to his credit and has made presentations to nine national meetings of surgeons. He made West Coast sports news when he saved the leg and possibly the life of Cougar running back James Mont-gomery at six a.m. after a Cougar victory in 2010. In May of that year he volunteered to go to Haiti following the devastating earthquake there and he led a team which saw 450 patients, per-formed 29 surgeries, and gave more than 800 prescriptions to the stricken survivors there.

How did younger brother Mark fare in the shadow of his older brother? His GPA was 3.99 and he was Salutatorian of his class at Bethel. He lettered 7 times in football, basketball and track. As a Senior he was All-Area and All-State in football. He was the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1985. Arizona State of-fered him a football scholarship and he became a Sun Devil, playing in the 1987 Rose Bowl win over Michigan. He was on the All-Pac-10 Academic team for four years. He was an
All-America honorable mention as a ju-nior, a two-year All-Pac 10 second team linebacker, and twice an Academic All-American at ASU. He was team captain his junior and senior seasons and was one of just 11 in the nation selected for a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Award. He still holds the school’s all-time single season record for tackles (172), and a career solo-tackle record. In his ASU career he made 378 tackles. He graduated from ASU with a degree in Accounting and was football’s Post Graduate Scholarship winner, then earning his Master’s Degree in taxa-tion. A licensed CPA, he currently is on the Intracorp Management Team in Seattle where he is a Vice-President. He is responsible for Intracorp’s U.S. and Canadian tax functions and oversees 150 entities in real estate and resort development. How about brother #3? Make that David Tingstad, now an attorney with Beresford Booth PLLC in Edmonds. Surprise – he had a 3.9 GPA at Bethel high. He was student body president. He was the Tacoma-Pierce County National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete of the Year. He won 8 letters in football, basketball and track. He was the team MVP and two-year captain in football and the Most Inspirational Player and captain in basketball as a Senior on a championship team. Boise State called and David became a Bronco where he was a four-year starter in 44 consecutive games at running back. No wonder he was a three-time winner of BSU’s “Iron Man” award. He was captain and Most Inspirational as a senior and a four-time Big Sky Conference Academic Award winner. The Broncs advanced to the national semi-finals before losing to Nevada in triple-overtime. David also won All-American Strength and Condition-ing honors. He was the #1 graduate from the College of Business. Winner of an NCAA post graduate scholar-ship, he was asked to be the Boise State Commencement Speaker. On to Law School at the University of Puget Sound, he graduated with honors when Seattle University acquired the UPS Law School.

That’s the Tingstad family’s athletic saga. Dad ‘s 39 year marriage to Darlene featured a 65,000 trip around the world with the three boys and a lifetime of memories. They visited 29 countries in 7 months in 1976-77. Nine grand children have enjoyed the many stories which resulted. With Darlene’s passing after a courageous battle with cancer, Ed acquired a second family. He married Carole seven years ago and added three more “kids” and four grand children to the Tingstad clan. Don’t be surprised if some of them are All-Americans!