Dwight Bershaw Monument


This pocket park is a monument to Dwight Bershaw, a landscape architect who left his mark all over Coeur d'Alene. 

The pocket park is located on the south side of McEuen Park at the base of Tubbs Hill. It includes a stone table and bench between two tamarack trees — the place where the American Legion scoreboard once stood.

It's fitting because he played American Legion ball there and his father, Jim Bershaw, umpired games there. Dwight later enjoyed walking with his kids on summer nights to watch games at the American Legion field before it was relocated to Ramsey Park to make way for McEuen Park.

Dwight's friends and family, members of his Sunrise Rotary Club of Coeur d'Alene, and the crew at Clearwater-Summit Group, planting native grasses and foliage at the Dwight Bershaw memorial, spring of 2023.

Dwight Bershaw Obituary

(Age 54)

Dwight Eugene Bershaw was born on October 23, 1966 in Lewiston, Idaho to Jim and Connie Bershaw, joining his older brother Darren, followed four years later by Dwayne. He passed away on August 20, 2021 at home in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Dwight grew up with a loving and close family. Dwight was a very smiley baby and everyone loved him, these traits followed him throughout his life.

Dwight loved to be around people, he played baseball all through his youth, sang in the choir all through high school, he never missed an event or dance EVER! He loved to be a part of everything! He spent all twelve years in the Lewiston School District, graduating from Lewiston HS in 1985. He then joined the Idaho National Guard to help pay for college at the University of Idaho. Dwight helped found the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house, and made lifelong friendships with many of his brothers. Dwight then moved to Twin Falls, Idaho and started work at Kelly Garden Center as a Landscape Architect. During his time in Twin Falls, he completed his Idaho Landscape Architect License, and met his future wife, Ali Arambarri. They were married in Pocatello, Idaho on July 26, 1997. A year later they moved from Twin Falls to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Dwight's life dream was to live in Coeur d'Alene and raise a family here. He got that wish and went to work for Clearwater Summit Group as a Landscape Architect.

Dwight was deeply dedicated to his family and enjoyed his children growing up and going to every activity and event that he possibly could – juggling performances, soccer games, baseball games, plays, dance recitals, cross country and track meets. He always encouraged them and supported everything they did. He was a fantastic father and husband. He cherished his wife Ali and would do everything he could to make her happy. He loved to send her flowers and have dinner dates with her. He supported her through good times and bad and was her protector and champion.

Dwight was well known for his volunteer work and was involved in several groups and community projects. He was one who just couldn't say no to anyone. One of his special personal volunteer projects was with a perinatal loss group here following the loss of his and Ali's first-born son, Nicholas James. They became leaders of the group and helped other grieving parents walk through this devastating experience as they had. It was good sized group at the time and they wanted a project to help work through their grief so Share Hope Garden was begun. Dwight, being a Landscape Architect created a beautiful garden at 8th and Gilbert in CDA where other parents could come, grieve and remember. He developed work parties for the group to accomplish, doing sections of the garden at a time and even supervised boys working on their Eagle Scout badges in Boy Scouts. He worked tirelessly and kept everyone on track. The garden was eventually given to NWSIDS for its care and oversight. His volunteer work included the East Sherman Revitalization Project, the Sorensen School grounds rejuvenation, including a student peace garden and student dedication pavers and patio. There were many others too numerous to mention, all of which were close to his heart.

In Dwight's professional life he was a talented and creative landscape architect and, as one of his clients commented this week, "Dwight was my landscaper extraordinaire. He didn't just plan the most beautiful yard in all of Kootenai County and then some, he continued to help us throughout the years. He was always kind and ever helpful. He was a pure joy to know." He worked for Clearwater Summit Group and was hired there over 23 years ago. He developed the North Idaho region of business for Clearwater by doing what Dwight does, being CREATIVE saying YES to everyone. He networked his way into the community. He developed relationships, whether it was clients, architects, suppliers, or employees. Clearwater Summit Group will miss this great guy that made such a difference in building amazing outdoor spaces while smiling every day for 23+ years.

Dwight is survived by his loving wife, Ali; son, Chance and daughter, Marissa; his mother, Connie Bershaw of Lewiston; brother, Darren (Jennifer) of Clarkston; brother, Dwayne (Crystal) of Ithaca NY; mother and father-in-law, Nick and Alice Arambarri of Coeur d'Alene; sister-in-law, Janie (Dave) Arambarri-Somers of Coeur d'Alene; nieces: Meagan (Asher) McCoy, Chelsey (Megan) Alder, Sara Teets (Chet), Sloan Somers; nephews, Wilson and Joseph Bershaw; and a great-nephew and great-nieces. He had many beloved cousins, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father, Jim and his stillborn son Nicholas James.