Founding Councilmember, Mayor Terry Anderson has Passed; memorial June 29

The City of SeaTac announced that founding SeaTac Councilmember and Mayor Terry Anderson has passed away.

Current City Councilmember Pam Fernald relayed the news to the city on Saturday morning, June 21.

Terry passed away in the early evening of June 20, 2019. Her son Scott, from Alaska, and his wife, were with her.

Anderson first took office in September 1989, during the City’s pre-incorporation.

She served consecutively until December 31, 2015.

Anderson served on the City Council from September 1989 through December 2015, when she retired from the Council. She served as Mayor between January 1998 through December 1999 and January 2010 through December 2011. Anderson served as Deputy Mayor between January 1994 through December 1995 and January 2004 through December 2005.

The impacts of her dedicated service to the SeaTac community are felt today and remembered. City Council and staff send heart-felt condolences to her family.

“Terry will be missed by all who knew her,” Fernald said.

Among many memories, some councilmembers will remember Terry’s famous comment at every Executive Session:

“It’s so cold in this room you could hang meat in here!”

A memorial will be held on Saturday, June 29 at 1 p.m. at the Southminster Presbyterian Church in Normandy Park, 19834 8th Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98148.

In 2009, the Highline Historical Society received a grant to produce a video interview series with local residents, and one such interview was with Terry Anderson (the full video, which features 11 interviews, can be seen at the new Highline Heritage Museum):


One Response to “Founding Councilmember, Mayor Terry Anderson has Passed; memorial June 29”
  1. Earl Gipson says:

    I came to appreciate Terry and she inspired me to stay engaged with the City government even though I would not run for Council or accept appointments.

    We got off to a rocky start back in ~2007 when I would regularly speak at Council meetings and be harshly critical of SeaTac governance. Over the subsequent years we found we had a lot of common views and she mentored me in the background on “softening” my rhetoric and still obtain the desired result.

    Our, sometimes, long phone calls always ended in laughter no matter the intensity of the issue or opposing views.

    She was a very rare person and I will always admire her. She loved the City she helped create and we loved her back. Rest in peace Terry.

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