Don Persson honored by renaming the Senior Center

Seal of the Town of RentonSeptember 10, 2022

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Photo of the new Don Persson Renton Senior Activity Center sign

Don Persson’s granddaughter, Alexis, his wife, Vicky, and daughter, Lisa, joined Mayor Armond Pavone in renaming the senior center the Don Persson Renton Senior Activity Center.

Don Persson honored by renaming the Renton Senior Activity Center

The center is now the Don Persson Renton Senior Activity Center

RENTON, WA – The Renton Senior Activity Center was renamed today in honor of civic leader Don Persson, who served the Renton community with distinction for 53 years. The unveiling ceremony took place after a barbecue attended by family and friends and many current and former city officials.

“It is only fitting that we name the senior center after Don,” Mayor Armondo Pavone said during the ceremony. “Caring for our seniors has always been at the top of his to-do list. He was an exceptional defender, giving generously of his time and talents.

Photo of Don and Vicky Persson after a town council meeting in December 2019One of those things to do was the annual Thanksgiving dinner for seniors where, for twenty-six years, Mr. Persson was the driving force behind the event that brought camaraderie and food to countless guests at the center which now bears his name.

(left) Don and Vicky Persson at Don’s last town council meeting on December 9, 2019.

Don’s daughter, Lisa Berreth, spoke of her father’s humor and love for family. “He was an incredible father, grandfather and husband, who spoiled us enormously. He taught me to laugh really hard and often, to believe in myself and to know that there was nothing I wanted. couldn’t do. He loved us unconditionally, and the world was a better place because he was in it.”

Former Renton Mayor Denis Law remembered his longtime friend’s sense of community.

“Commitment to community service was in Don’s DNA. He was always thinking about what we could do as individuals and what the city could do to improve the quality of life for our residents. devoted his life to serving this community.”

Banner at the ceremony of Don Persson

Mr. Persson, formerly named Citizen of the Year by Renton Chamber, was a founding board member of the Renton River Days Renton Regional Fire Authority and Communities Council in Schools, and a member of the Rotary Board of Directors of Renton. He helped create the city’s neighborhood program and provided food and other resources to ensure the success of the REACH Center of Hope.

Photo of the eventToday’s event was a heartfelt and joyful tribute to his legendary cooking and catering skills that he shared at the annual Seniors Picnic, neighborhood program activities and community appreciation events. volunteers.

Mr. Persson’s 53-year career included 33 years with the Renton Police Department and 20 as a member of the Renton City Council. He retired from the board in December 2019. Mr. Persson died in October 2021.

About the Don Persson Renton Senior Activity Center

The Don Persson Senior Activity Center is a drop-in center for adults aged 50 and over. The center is a popular and dynamic meeting place offering quality recreational programs and social, health, educational and nutritional services.

About the Town of Renton

The city of Renton, Washington, with a population of 107,500 (2022), is located on the southeast shore of Lake Washington, just south of Seattle. Renton’s strong economic base, diverse market and favorable business climate have attracted nationally recognized companies that want to provide employees and their families with an exceptional quality of life. Renton is the home of Boeing, PACCAR, IKEA, Super Bowl champion (2014) Seattle Seahawks, two-time MLS champion (2016 and 2019) and CONCACAF champion (2022) Seattle Sounders FC (in 2024), and the eternal resting place of rock icon Jimi Hendrix. More information on our website, our press releases or our Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor pages.

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