Former Fife Mayor Winston Marsh passed away March 31 and was laid to rest April 6 following a memorial service of family, friends and coworkers at Puyallup’s All Saints Parish. He was 52.
Marsh had been a resident of Fife since 2007 and served on City Council from late 2013 until he was elected to serve as mayor last year. He resigned in February, to focus on his family and his cancer treatments.
The City Council formally recognized Marsh for his service to the community upon his resignation.
“Winston’s leadership, generosity, and dedication have been invaluable,” the statement read. “We are extremely grateful for his service and devotion to the community.”
The council then elected Kim Roscoe to serve the remaining year of Marsh’s mayoral term and appointed Lisa McClellan from a field of five candidates to fill the vacant council position.
“He was popular because he liked people,” his brother Chuck said at the service as he noted how he and his brother shared a room while growing up. That was a fact that he found annoying at the time, but grew to remember fondly those days. “When I got older, I missed that guy. He was my hero.”
Marsh was diagnosed with cancer early last year and went into hospice this spring. Known as “Butch” nickname by his friends and family, Marsh was known for caring about his family, the community he served and the Seattle Seahawks. He also enjoyed his fair share of karaoke, corny jokes and saying the phrases “just saying…” and “we talked about this.”
“In all his suffering, he always looked after others,” his sister Patty said. “I thank God that God has taken him home so he doesn’t have to suffer.”
Councilmember Pat Hulcey served as deputy mayor under Marsh and remembers a trip to Washington, D.C. when he and Marsh were in a taxi that was stuck in traffic. They were running late. Marsh reached over the drivers and honked the horn only to sit back and joke “Sorry, I’m from Baltimore.”
“He really cared about the community and was also a lot of fun,” Hulcey said. “He was a level-headed guy and a numbers guy, but a really, really nice guy.”