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Sumner mayor Dave Enslow has died days before retirement

Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow, left, and Superintendent Laurie Dent applaud after the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Elhi Hill High School building in Sumner on Oct. 3, 2016. Enslow is retiring in January after a long career serving the city of Sumner.
Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow, left, and Superintendent Laurie Dent applaud after the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Elhi Hill High School building in Sumner on Oct. 3, 2016. Enslow is retiring in January after a long career serving the city of Sumner. Staff file, 2016

Mayor Dave Enslow, who spent 20 years of his life serving the city of Sumner, has died, according to the city. He was 74.

“We share this news with great sadness and a heavy heart,” a statement on the city’s website read.

Enslow was set to retire as mayor early in 2018.

He began his civic career in 1998 when he was elected to the city council. Enslow was elected mayor in 2006.

“I wanted to make sure that I had my imprint on what was happening down here ... It was a labor of love,” he told the Puyallup Herald earlier this month.

Seattle-native Enslow moved to Sumner in the early 1970s after finding he loved the small-town feel of the area.

He married wife Bertie in 1976.

“Mayor Enslow is a great mayor,” Sumner Council member Kathy Hayden told the Herald. “Dave has been an amazing advocate to the citizens of Sumner, always making sure they are being heard and taken care of. He will be missed.”

Enslow lived in Sumner with his wife and had three children and nine grandchildren. Services are pending.

A reception for Enslow’s retirement had been scheduled for Monday at the Gordon Family YMCA in Sumner.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541, @crsailor

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