Obituary Section

Bill Maas, beloved White Center Upholsterer, passes away; service Sat.

Bill Maas, beloved White Center Upholsterer, passes away; service Sat.

Bill Maas, longtime and beloved upholsterer at White Center Glass and Upholstery, passed away Oct. 29. A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held this Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran... [Read more]

Former Highline Schools Superintendent Dr. Kent Matheson has passed away

Former Highline Schools Superintendent Dr. Kent Matheson has passed away

Dr. Kent D. “Matt” Matheson, former Highline Public Schools Superintendent, passed away recently, the district announced…

OBITUARY: Lewis S. Brancati, 21; Memorial will be Oct. 21

OBITUARY: Lewis S. Brancati, 21; Memorial will be Oct. 21

Lewis S. Brancati Age 21. Born March 27, 1996. Passed away September 20, 2017 in Kirkland, WA surrounded by family and friends. Lewis grew up and thrived in Burien, WA. He attended Highline schools, and... [Read more]

Writer shares her thoughts on the passing of Steppenwolf’s Goldy McJohn

Writer shares her thoughts on the passing of Steppenwolf’s Goldy McJohn

By Rachel Lusby As many of you probably now have heard, the world lost an amazing musician recently – Goldy McJohn, original keyboardist and founding member of Steppenwolf, the band that brought us... [Read more]

Former Burien Mayor & Councilmember Joan McGilton has passed away

Former Burien Mayor & Councilmember Joan McGilton has passed away

Photo of then-Mayor McGilton at the grand opening of Burien Town Square/City Hall/Library in June, 2009 by Michael Brunk | nwlens.com. Sadly, former Burien Mayor and longtime Councilmember Joan McGilton... [Read more]

Memorial for Evelyn ‘Jean’ Snyder will be Sunday, Aug. 6 in Des Moines

Memorial for Evelyn ‘Jean’ Snyder will be Sunday, Aug. 6 in Des Moines

Evelyn “Jean” Snyder, wife, super mom, and friend to all, went to the promise land 7/22/17 after a lengthy and courageous battle with vascular dementia. With a family built on love and respect by... [Read more]

Former State Senator King Lysen has passed away; memorial will be Mar. 23

Former State Senator King Lysen has passed away; memorial will be Mar. 23

Former State Senator King Lysen – a beloved husband, father and grandfather – passed away on March 15th at his Burien home. Born March 10th, 1942 in Minneapolis, MN, King was the eldest of four children... [Read more]

Former Blog Sales Manager Janet Grella has passed away; memorial March 10

Former Blog Sales Manager Janet Grella has passed away; memorial March 10

Janet Garrott Grella: October 2, 1949 – February 23, 2017 Janet and her husband Michael. On a scooter in Italy. We’re incredibly sad to report that Janet Garrott Grella – South King Media’s... [Read more]

Woman killed in hit & run in Burien Friday night identified as April Fait, 73

Woman killed in hit & run in Burien Friday night identified as April Fait, 73

The woman killed by a hit and run driver – who is still at large – outside the Highline Performing Arts Center Friday night, Feb. 24, has been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s... [Read more]

Memorial for Allyson Meredith Stone will be at St. Bernadette this Sunday, Feb. 19

Memorial for Allyson Meredith Stone will be at St. Bernadette this Sunday, Feb. 19

Allyson Meredith Stone – daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, friend and inspiration to many – passed away Monday February 6th after 22 days in the Intensive Care Unit at Good Samaritan... [Read more]

Notable hydro designer/builder & Highline alum Ron Jones Sr. passes away

Notable hydro designer/builder & Highline alum Ron Jones Sr. passes away

Notable hydroplane designer and builder Ron Jones Sr. passed away on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Jones was a 1950 graduate of Highline High School in Burien, and went on to continue his Dad Ted’s work... [Read more]

Burien legend Dean Parkins has passed away

Burien legend Dean Parkins has passed away

Sadly, Burien legend Dean “Dean-O” Parkins passed away on Sunday morning, Jan. 1, 2017. Many old-timers in Burien may have known Dean, as he was a founding member of Discover Burien in 2002,... [Read more]

OBITUARY: Patti Hoffmann Means

OBITUARY: Patti Hoffmann Means

Patti Hoffmann Means passed away in her Maltby-area home on October 8, 2016. She was raised in the Seahurst neighborhood of Burien, graduated in 1980 from Kennedy High School, and is the sister of Burien... [Read more]

OBITUARY: Local Attorney Michael Ditchik passes away; Memorial Sunday

OBITUARY: Local Attorney Michael Ditchik passes away; Memorial Sunday

Michael Ditchik was born in Freeport, NY on March 31, 1962. He died on November 24, 2015. Mike attended the Wharton School at Penn, received his BA from SUNY Binghamton and his JD from Boston University.... [Read more]

Longtime resident Margie Gibb has passed away

Longtime resident Margie Gibb has passed away

Longtime resident Margie Gibb passed away suddenly last Friday night, Aug. 28. “Margie was one of the founding board members of Discover Burien, a regular volunteer at our Farmers Market, and we... [Read more]

Longtime community advocate Irish McKinney killed in motorcycle accident

Longtime community advocate Irish McKinney killed in motorcycle accident

Longtime community advocate Irish McKinney was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident in California on Monday, Aug. 17. Irish was well-known to the White Center/Burien-area as an avid Harley rider, accountant... [Read more]

True-crime Writer Ann Rule has passed away

True-crime Writer Ann Rule has passed away

Former Burien/Normandy Park-based true-crime writer Ann Rule died at age 83 at Highline Medical Center on Sunday evening (July 26), The Associated Press reported Monday. Her most famous book was a profile... [Read more]

Linda Dougherty, long active in Burien Arts Association, passes away

Linda Dougherty, long active in Burien Arts Association, passes away

The Burien Arts Association is sad to report the death of long-time Burien Arts board member Linda Dougherty on July 7. “Linda was an active member of Burien Arts since its early days, served more than... [Read more]

Burien resident Joe Arrants killed in construction accident; family needs help

Burien resident Joe Arrants killed in construction accident; family needs help

On Thursday (March 12), Burien resident Joe Arrants – a Senior Foreman for Kiewit on the new 520 bridge build – tragically fell 60 feet to his death. Joe was 34-years old, and leaves behind a wife... [Read more]

Prolific Des Moines resident Nancy Warren passes away suddenly

Prolific Des Moines resident Nancy Warren passes away suddenly

From our sister site The Waterland Blog: Photo of a thoughtful Nancy Warren moderating one of our Candidate Forums by Micael Brunkf Nancy Warren, a teacher at Highline College, Des Moines resident, musician... [Read more]

OBITUARY: Shirley Kathleen Kirk, of Kirk’s Feed Store in Olde Burien

OBITUARY: Shirley Kathleen Kirk, of Kirk’s Feed Store in Olde Burien

Shirley Kathleen Kirk, born November 11th, 1919 to Albert and Eva Taylor, passed away peacefully at home on October 27th, 2014. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Sylvan F. Kirk. She is survived... [Read more]

OBITUARY: Longtime business owner & resident Donald William Jensen, 90

OBITUARY: Longtime business owner & resident Donald William Jensen, 90

Longtime Burien business owner and resident, Donald William Jensen, 90, passed away at home on September 11, 2014 with his family by his side. Don was born in Cabo, Montana to Godthard and Myrtle Jensen... [Read more]

Family, friends remember Carol Selander through Burien Arts donations

Family, friends remember Carol Selander through Burien Arts donations

Programs that offer free art workshops for students will be greatly enhanced by generous donations from friends and family to the Burien Arts Association in honor of Carol Selander, a Burien cultural,... [Read more]

OBITUARY: Lewis Kenneth Morse, 91

OBITUARY: Lewis Kenneth Morse, 91

Lewis Kenneth Morse, 91, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2014 at Highline Medical Center. Ken was born on November 24, 1922 in Chillicothe, Ohio and moved to Burien, WA in 1962 where he and his wife,... [Read more]