Seattle, WA – Many folks from across Washington State are gathered today at St. James Cathedral to remember the lives of former Governor John Spellman and his wife Lois.
The couple was married for 63 years and died within days of each other.
Governor Spellman was elected King County’s first executive in 1969 and is Washington State’s most recent Republican govenor. He was a Navy veteran and had also served on the King County Commission before becoming executive.
Current Seattle Mayor, Jenny Durkan, had this to say of his passing:
John was a public servant who loved our community. He could disagree with folks, but brought civility to our politics, and valued and embraced bipartisanship — something all too rare today.
Spellman had many accomplishments in his time as Governor, including securing the construction of the Kingdome, which paved the way for the Seahawks and the Mariners.
In a statement released by the Spellman family, they said that John was ever-present in their family. Even with meetings and travel, he found time to be very present in the lives of his six children and grandchildren. Gathering around the table for Sunday dinners was a time to talk and celebrate their family while energizing for the coming week.
The family also said that their mother, Lois, was John’s true partner. With her Labor Relations focus from Seattle University, she was quick to lend her opinions. She was the catalyst. The couple was reunited for one last prayer prior to John’s passing.
Governor Jay Inslee has ordered flags to be at half-staff in remembrance of the late Governor.