Tukwila School Board President and former Tukwila Mayor Steve Mullet died on Sunday, following a heart attack he suffered on July 20.
The city of Tukwila announced Mullet’s death in a Facebook post on Monday afternoon.
Mullet grew up in the Tukwila area, and was active in the community as a Rotary member and former City Council member, in addition to serving as mayor and on the school board. He and his wife, Bonnie, raised their three in sons in Tukwila.
“They have spent their time more recently traveling, helping friends and neighbors, and being with family and playing with their grandchildren,” according to the Facebook post.
Mullet was Tukwila’s 18th mayor, serving two terms from Jan. 1, 2000, to Dec. 31, 2007.
Tukwila Mayor Allan Ekberg said he enjoyed Mullet’s company and the discussions they had.
“I’m saddened at the loss of Steve Mullet, but joyful of spending time with him,” Ekberg said in an email on Monday. “It was on the Sunday before he passed that my wife, Trish, and I enjoyed a barbecue and great conversation with him. And the week before that, Steve and I were working together mixing cement for the KaBoom! playground equipment build out at Cascade View Community Park. He told me during our work together that cement mixing was his job as a youth. You could tell he knew what he was doing. He believed in this community and worked hard for it till the end.”
Mullet appointed Ekberg to the city’s Planning Commission.
“It was a privilege to serve under him,” Ekberg said.
Mullet, a 1961 graduate of Foster High School, was the first inductee into the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 2008.
He served several terms on the Tukwila School Board, was re-elected to a four-year term in November 2015.
“He has been an advocate for all students and has served our district and students at every level of the organization,” Tukwila School District Superintendent Nancy Coogan said in an email. “Steve’s legacy will be remembered within the Tukwila School District as well as within the city of Tukwila. He will be sorely missed.”
Mullet’s family is planning a memorial service. As of Monday afternoon, the date was not available.