Memorial set for Puyallup tribal leader Herman Dillon Sr.

Staff reportMay 30, 2014 

A memorial service for Herman Dillon Sr., the late chairman of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians’ tribal council, will be Sunday at the Tacoma Dome.

The service, scheduled for 10 a.m., will be followed at 1 p.m. by a graveside service and then a dinner at Chief Leschi Schools. A public viewing will be from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Hill Funeral Home, 217 E. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup.

Dillon, a member of the tribe’s governing body for 30 years, died May 23 of congestive heart failure. He was 82.

First elected to the council in 1971, Dillon helped negotiate tribal compacts with the state not only on gambling but also cigarette and gas taxes and the 1990 land claims settlement. During his time in office, membership in the tribe more than tripled, to about 4,500.

By order of Gov. Jay Inslee, Washington and American flags at the Capitol will flown at half-staff Sunday.

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