About Us


Damon West

Hello, my name is Damon West and I am co-owner of High Country Excavating LLC. I am a husband to my lovely wife, doting father to two beautiful children and live in the Cle Elum area. I have been doing excavation for over 15 years with experience in many different aspects of dirt work. My main focus is attention to detail and pride myself to make sure every customer is happy at the end of every job. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, hunting and pretty much all the outdoor recreation that Kittitas has to offer. Thank you for choosing High County Excavating to tackle your next job and I look forward to working with you.

Joe Gratzer

When I was young I grew up playing in a sandbox, whether it was toy dirt-bikes or track building with my Tonka trucks. My grandpa, who owned his own construction company, would always let me sit inside the cab of his 580 Case backhoe which was an experience of a lifetime for me at that age. My drive to work started when I was 14, and construction was a trade I always had a passion for. My background now includes two years of septic work, an extensive apprenticeship program, and a 5 year journeymen position for the same company I started with. I was taught through commercial projects to build jobsites to such a high level of quality I find myself in a position to create just one more excavation contractor that will carry those morals but for an exceptional price! In my off time I enjoy playing in the snow with my sled, and riding in the mud with my ATV.