Governor John Spellman passes away

Published January 17, 2018 / by Steve Berentson

The Seattle Times reports this morning that John D. Spellman, Washington’s last Republican governor and the first King County executive, has died at age 91. Spellman died early Tuesday at Virginia Mason Medical Center after contracting pneumonia. Spellman served one term as governor. He is pictured here in the early Eighties with the late Jim Rice, mayor at the time a group came together to re-establish a plywood mill cooperative (Publishers) on the Anacortes waterfront. (Note: camera angle makes it appear Rice is seated behind a name marker reading “Frank Moe.” Moe was seated next to Rice.)

Jim Rice and John Spellman

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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