Our beloved father, friend and King County District Court Judge, Frank V. LaSalata, passed away on September 1, 2012 at the age of 60, due to complications of his battle with cancer.
Frank was born on March 7, 1952 in Brooklyn, NY as the only child of Michael and Sadie LaSalata. After graduating from Jericho High School he attended college in New York and Florida. He continued to live on Long Island NY until he moved to Washington. He worked for the Forest Service and lived in Packwood where he met and married Mary Carnahan (later divorced) and had 3 adored sons, Michael, Anthony and David.
The family moved from Packwood in order for Frank to attend Washington State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Geology. Frank worked on various projects, including the mapping of coal mines in and around Issaquah until they settled in Centralia. Frank
worked at WIDCo for several years, until he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer. In 1992 he graduated from the University of Puget Sound Law School (now Seattle University). He practiced law as a sole practitioner for several years in Bellevue and then in Friday Harbor before attaining his ultimate goal of twice being elected as a King County District Court judge, where he presided until his death. Frank was currently serving as the Vice President of the District and Municipal Court Judges' Association after being elected to that position by his fellow judges.
Frank is survived by his sons, Michael (Kari), Tony (Lisa) and David (Arielle), and his eight wonderful grandchildren who brought him so much joy, Mika, Sydnie, Madison (Belle), Kaleb, Owen, Paige, Olivia and Vincent. He is preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Frank's Life will be held at the Clise Mansion at Redmond's Marymoor Park on Saturday, Sept. 22nd at 12 noon.
Because education was so important to Frank, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Frank V. LaSalata Education Fund for his grandchildren's college education.