Updated with additional names of Mr. McMahan’s children
Patrick D. McMahan, who led the campaign to incorporate Mountlake Terrace and served as the city’s first fire chief, died Wednesday at the age of 83.
Mr. McMahan was known by many long-time residents as “the father of Mountlake Terrace,” and served on the Mountlake Terrace City Council from 1982-1994, said City Clerk and Community Relations Director Virginia Olsen.
In addition to spearheading the move to cityhood (Mountlake Terrace was incorporated in 1954), Mr. McMahan said he was responsible for choosing the Council-Manager form of government, Olsen said. The founder was very civic-minded and a champion for transportation projects, having served on the board for Snohomish County Citizens for Improved Transportation,” Olsen said. “He worked very hard with others to get light rail into Snohomish County.”
He also served as vice chair of the city’s Civic Facilities Advisory Task Force and was “extremely active in all kinds of civic matters,” Olsen said. “The City of Mountlake Terrace will miss him dearly.”
Mr. McMahan is survived by his wife Carol, a long-time member of the City’s Arts Commission; daughters Terri McMahan, Colleen Sederlin and Maureen Rix McMahan, and sons Kevin and Patrick McMahan. Patrick McMahan operates McMahan’s Licensing on 56th and 230th.
At Mr. McMahan’s request, there will be no funeral but some type of memorial event will be planned for a later date, Olsen added.