Sadly, former Burien Mayor and longtime Councilmember Joan McGilton passed away this week.

As we previously reported, McGilton was honored with a Proclamation on July 17, 2017 by the current City Council.

McGilton served on the Burien City Council for 12 years, with six as Mayor. She lost her council seat to Debi Wagner in 2013.

“Joan McGilton served the people of Burien for 12 years as a City Councilmember, Deputy Mayor, and Mayor, and brought a deep love of the environment to her work,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said. “Her service to the region, including her work on the King County Regional Transit Committee, the King County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and the Governor’s Puget Sound Action Team, has created a lasting legacy to her community. She will be greatly missed.”

A 1976 graduate of the University of Washington, with a BA Zoology/Marine Biology, McGilton also earned an MA in Environmental Engineering in 1984.

She was also very active in regional environmental activities, including the Green/Duwamish & Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9). She was also the Guest of Honor at a 2014 ceremony for her restoration work at Seahurst Park, including for the Environmental Science Center.

Everyone at The B-Town Blog sends out their deepest sympathies to all who knew and loved Joan.