• Seattle civic leader and former Deputy Mayor Bob Royer dies

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    Bob Royer, a longtime Seattle civic leader who also served as deputy mayor to his brother, Charles, from 1978 to 1983, died Wednesday. He was 75.

    “Seattle has lost a brilliant public servant, and the Northwest has lost a devoted son," Mayor Jenny Drukan said in a statement. "From his leading role in resolving the High Ross Dam dispute in 1984, to being the driving force in creating more affordable housing, to helping Seattle City Light become known as ‘The Nation’s Greenest Utility,’ to his leadership role at civic treasures like HistoryLink, to leading the ‘Royer Roundtable’ now known as the City Maker Breakfast, Bob Royer was a transformative force in the history of Seattle.” 

    Durkan said Royer "filled every room with humor, intelligence, and deep warmth.”

    “Seattle is a better place because of Bob Royer," she said.

    Royer survivors include his wife, Barb, children, Amy, Chloe and Ari, multiple grandchildren, and brother, Charles.

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