Whidbey Island is my family's home, and has been for five generations. I graduated from Langley High, tried college, joined the Navy, and toured Asia for four years. From there, I moved to Santa Monica, CA, became a corporate pilot, and then flew for United airlines for a short time, until the first oil crisis.
I decided to move to the West Indies and start my own charter flying service. After five years flying, lobster fishing, and serving as the first CEO of the Caribbean Merchant Bank, it was time to repatriate myself. Whidbey Island was where I wanted to raise my daughter Stephanie, so I moved my family home.
I joined my father and my sister Chris Zorich in real estate here at Dalton Realty in 1976. I bought the office from my father when he retired in 1980, and have been the designated broker ever since. My sister, Sandy Izett, joined Dalton Realty in 1989, and my nephew, Jack Knauer, joined us in 2005.
My wife Stephanie and I toured the United Sates in the summer of 2010. We drove 8500 mile in six weeks in our little red '69 Corvette. We had a great time, met nice people, and saw some beautiful country. Still, when we returned home, we agreed that Whidbey Island is the best place to live. It is home, our friends and neighbors are the best we can hope for, and it's where we want to be.
If you want to become an islander because you feel the same way, or if it's time for you to pull up stakes, give us a call! We can help.
Experience the Dalton Realty difference.
Sandy Izett, an Island girl (woman), grew up on South Whidbey, and really knows the Island. Her outgoing personality and attitude toward her work and fellow brokers, clients, and teammates are the qualities that afforded her the honor of being named Realtor of the Year in 2001 by the Whidbey Island Association of Realtors. In 2003, she received the Realtor Community Service Award. She was selected as President Elect in 2005, and served as President of the South Whidbey Island Association of Realtors in 2006. She followed that up with a term as a State Director in 2007.
Sandy believes in family, friends, work and community. She is a past member of the Langley Planning Board and served on the South Whidbey Youth Center board.
Sandy's dad started Dalton Realty in 1970, after returning from 30 years in the Coast Guard and several more years as a merchant marine and doing tugboat work in Vietnam. She is proud to be working now with her brother Mike Dalton, Designated Broker, and partnering with her son-in-law, Jack Knauer. Her sister, Chris Zorich, retired in 2010 after 30 years in the family business.
Sandy married her Langley High School sweetheart, Don Izett. Don is a semi-retired contractor. He now installs solid surface countertops, and leaves home-building to their son, Craig, of Crosswater homes. Sandy and Don raised three children: Brad, (a painter for Boeing,) Lisa, and Craig. They've also raised five foster sons, and hosted thirteen foreign exchange students.
Sandy enjoys travel, camping with family, and making quilts for her eight grandbabies and her other family members.
I never wanted to be a salesman.
And in all the years that I've been involved in real estate, I've never sold a thing. I'm a consultant, not a salesman, and my job is to help you achieve your goals. Are you wondering whether you should sell your home? I can give you an accurate estimate of what it's worth. Are you planning a move to the island, and want to know how long it'll take to get to the ferry from Freeland? I can tell you. Are you looking for a great price on a bank-owned home? Call me.
I've lived in Washington State all my life, and in the Puget Sound region since 1965. Along with my career as a real estate consultant, I've spent time as a mechanic, a gas station owner, and a music producer for public radio. I've been a Whidbey Island Realtor since 2006. I'm on the Whidbey Island Association of Realtors board of directors, and served as president of the board in 2014. I am currently licensed as a Managing Broker.
Sandra has called Whidbey Island her home for 35 years. Even though Whidbey has grown, she still retains the same welcoming Island Attitude that she had when it was small, and everyone knew each other.
Prior to becoming a Real Estate Broker, Sandra organized estate sales and had her own catering business. She can count more than ten years of experience at Dalton Realty, and has consistently been one of Dalton's most effective agents.
Sandra attributes her success to her love of Whidbey Island, her enthusiasm in meeting new people, and her depth of knowledge, which grows and evolves continuously through her participation in real estate education.
Sandra has had the pleasure of giving back to this special community through her involvement with Hearts and Hammers, Whidbey Island Nourishes, (since its inception,) and most recently, Friends of Friends.
Jack Knauer has been living and working on Whidbey Island for the past 25 years. Originally from Arizona, he moved to Washington State in 1965. Whidbey is the only place he's ever lived that truly felt like home the minute he arrived. Many of Jack's new clients feel the same way.
In 1991 he married Lisa Izett, Sandy and Don's daughter. Lisa is familiar to many folks who have been in either the Lind's Freeland Pharmacy, or Lind's Jewelry, when it was in Langley. Aaron Knauer, Jack and Lisa's son, works at the Star Store in Langley, along with his wife, Jennee. Aaron and Jennee have given Jack and Lisa three beautiful grandchildren.
Jack is a well known singer,songwriter. He's had many bands of his own, and has performed with other Whidbey artists. He is currently working on his second CD. You may have met Jack at the Clinton Food Mart, where he rounds out his schedule as their produce manager.
Working with a professional like Sandy, and the entire Dalton Realty team, has been one of the best experiences of Jack's life. The commitment to family and community is a hallmark of Dalton Realty. Jack couldn't have found a better way to make a difference than as a member of the Dalto Realty team.
Acre for acre, Ken Gill may have sold more of Whidbey Island than any other agent. Ken has specialized in large parcels of vacant land since starting his real estate career over twenty-five years ago.
Ken comes as close as you can get to being a native Whidbey Islander without having been born here. He grew up in Everett, but spent much of his boyhood following his grandfather, Angus Scurlock, around Whidbey Island. Angus was one of the last of the old time well diggers. Folks around here said that he was the very best at "witchin' in" a well. If his name seems familiar to you, it may be because Scurlock Road, out by Bush Point, was named after Angus.
The work ethic learned from his grandfather, combined with Ken's energy and inquisitive nature, led Ken to some interesting places and productive careers. Ken has managed a large auto leasing company, a Lincoln Mercury dealership, and three world-class musicians: Buddy Miles, Trini Lopez, (best known for his version of Lemon Tree,) and Elvin Bishop.
Ken returned to Whidbey Island in 1985 to care for his grandfather. He's been here ever since, involved in the community, and in real estate, of course. If you'd like a native's point-of-view and local expertise, call Ken.
Laura has lived here on Whidbey Island since 1993.  She was first licensed as an agent, (and became a Realtor,) in 2004.
Hi! I'm happy to introduce myself, and to have the opportunity to work with you.
I've been a licensed Real Estate Broker at Dalton Realty for more than seven years, and have earned a reputation for tenacity in helping my clients achieve their goals.  When you work with me, you will also be working with Mike Dalton, our Designated Broker, with over thirty-five years of experience and knowledge.
I first met Mike when I sold him office equipment, so I know from experience that Dalton Realty is a good organization to work with.  I come from an office equipment background, having worked as a sales partner with Xerox, Lexmark, and Konica Minolta. I have maintained long term customer relationships in a very competitive industry because I care about and respect my customers.  I look forward to bringing this level of service to you.
I live in Everett, and I am a pet parent to Cruiser, the Australian Shepherd.