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Enumclaw City Councilman Kevin Mahelona Dies

The city leader, who reportedly suffered complications from a rare type of pneumonia, died Saturday.

Enumclaw City Councilman Kevin Mahelona died Saturday after suffering complications from a rare type of pneumonia, said friend and local business leader Charles Bender.

The Courier-Herald reports Mahelona, 54, was battling acute interstitial pneumonia.

Mahelona's current term with the City Council, in which he also served as Mayor Pro tempore, was to expire at the end of 2013. According to the City of Enumclaw, this was his third term. "He was a true civic leader who worked tirelessly and selfishly on behalf of all citizens to make Enumclaw a great place to live," said a city statement.

King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement on Sunday, Nov. 18:

“My heartfelt sympathy is with the friends, coworkers and family of Enumclaw City Councilmember Kevin Mahelona. The close-knit Enumclaw community is in the thoughts of everyone at King County government today. We are certain that all those in town will feel the impact of this loss, just as they also felt the benefit from his many years of service to the community.”

A public service for Mahelona will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Enumclaw at 11 a.m.

Again, from the city of Enumclaw: "We please ask that no flowers be brought to the service. If you would like to show your support, the family asks to please donate blood to the local Puget Sound Blood Center."

The next meeting of the Enumclaw City Council takes place Monday, Nov. 26. According to City Attorney Mike Reynolds, pursuant to state law, the remaining Council members must appoint a councilman as Mayor Pro Tem by majority vote. It also must appoint a qualified person to fill the position left vacant within 90 days of when the vacancy occurred. If Council fails to meet the timeline, the King County Council will do the appointment. That person will serve until the next election in 2013.

dexterjibs November 18, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Wow, how very sad and unexpected. R.I.P. Kevin, you did good work for the folks of Enumclaw.
Sheerie Slatton November 18, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Such a loss for his friends and family and for those of us who appreciated his work for our community.
Charles Bender November 18, 2012 at 07:46 PM
He was a quiet champion for our town and a great example for me of a political leader.
Mayor Liz Reynolds November 18, 2012 at 11:40 PM
As Mayor , fellow council member and friend it was a pleasure to serve side by side with Councilman Mahelona. He cared deeply for the community and brought a high level of integrity and leadership to council. I will miss him immensely and wish strength and prayers to his friends and family for the community has lost.... as Mr Bender so eloquently stated " A CHAMPION. . E ho' omaha me ka muluhia ( Hawaiian for Rest in Peace) Mahalo Kevin..... Sincerely, Mayor Liz Reynolds
Chance LaFleur November 19, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Many in Enumclaw may not know how great of man we lost this weekend. Kevin always stood for the best for Enumclaw and for its residents, never asking for recognition, or boasting for all the good works he did. If you could write the definition for what a local politician should be, it would simply read, See Example, Kevin Mahelona... Kevin encouraged me to become part of the Enumclaw City Council, I always looked to him for advice, and I only hope that I can serve as he did. I hope we all take a moment of pause this week, and think of the man we lost, for there is none better than Kevin Mahelona, you will truly be missed my friend. Chance LaFleur
Darrel Dickson November 19, 2012 at 06:35 AM
Kevin has been a deep source of inspiration for me. He was a friend, and mentor. His leadership will be missed in our community, but the power of his influence on our community and on his family will continue well into the future. Kevin know that you are loved by many. Darrel Dickson
April Chan November 19, 2012 at 07:23 AM
A quick update for anyone who might be looking for this information: a public service for Kevin Mahelona is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. at the LDS Church in Enumclaw. From the other side of Council chambers, I have to say personally it was a confidence booster for me early on when Patch first launched in Enumclaw and Kevin sent me a quick note in appreciation of our work. There's a sad poetry here that the item he was referring to was coverage of the passing of Steve Robinson. Even before I got my feet wet here, it was clear to me he loved this community and the people in it that make it work.
Jim Hogan November 19, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I am still at a loss for words. Kevin was a freind and colleague and did more for our community than most will ever realize. I have sat next to him in council chambers for almost 10 years now and cannot even fathom him being gone. He was a man of honor and integrity, as well as a loving man with a great sense of humor. I learned a lot about what it means to be an elected official from him. He will be missed. Rest in peace, my friend.
Trudy D'Armond November 19, 2012 at 05:02 PM
My heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Councilman Mahelona. He represented the best of the best this lovely town has been blessed to be governed by. It is because of people like Kevin Mahelona who have cared and guarded the health and welfare of Enumclaw since its founding, that has made this town such a lovely place to live.
kevin kephart November 19, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I'm Kevin, Kevin's son-in-law (lovingly dubbed J.R. by Kevin's mother). I didn't really know the "councilman Kevin" or "Eddie Bauer Kevin", but I knew the "Papa, Kevin Sr, and Dad" side of Kevin. He lived for his family and it showed. He was so happy being 'Papa' to his grandkids, a side of him I wish everyone could've seen. He was always there for birthdays, concerts, sporting events but best of all, just spending time together at his home. He was an amazing example of service to his family, always willing to put on the tool belt and help out on every home improvement project I ever had and he always knew what to do. I got to see him on a number of occasions in Hawaii with his loving mother, who is really the only Grandma I have ever known. It was great to see him swimming in the Hawaiian waters with his grandkids, then catching some waves with his sons on the body boards. Now that I have a daughter of my own, I can follow his example. I'm grateful for knowing him and that the Lord allowed him time to say good bye to his loving family. May we live our lives that when it's our time to go, there will be no regrets. That is the Kevin I knew and will miss. Aloha Oe
April Chan November 20, 2012 at 06:15 PM
That's a beautiful tribute, Kevin. Thank you for sharing something so personal. Folks, just wanted to give a heads up from a city update today that those who are planning to attend the service on Saturday are asked to please refrain from bringing flowers. Instead, the family asks to please donate blood to the local Puget Sound Blood Center.
Jim Hogan November 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Kevin was laid to rest today after a beautiful service and a moving eulogy by his son. I will miss him more than I can express. He was a fine man who gave so much to this community. Mahalo, my friend.

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