The several hundred people who attended the Celebration of Life for former Mayor Donald Custer on Nov. 7 heard him eulogized as “Renton’s elder statesmen.” As such, he is most deserving of a suitable memorial in his honor.
My suggestion is that City Hall, the Library, the Carco Theater and the Community Center be designated the Donald Custer Civic Complex, since all were part of the 20-year master plan developed during his administration.
His tenure began when he was elected in 1964 as the city’s youngest-ever mayor and ran through 1969. He remained active in Renton civic affairs throughout his life as a city administrator and member of the Renton Historical Society and Friends of Renton High School alumni.
At the very least, the unique Library over the Cedar River, which he championed, should be renamed in his honor.
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