Gordon Broadbent remembrance set Saturday

Former Ocean Shores City Council member Gordon Broadbent will be remembered at “A Celebration of a Life Well Lived” on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Tide Room of the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

Broadbent passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. He had been hospitalized for about three weeks and was being treated for respiratory difficulties. He was 75.

An Army veteran who worked most of his professional career at Boeing, he and his wife, Lillian, bought property in Ocean Shores nearly 40 years ago and have operated Gordon’s Antiques here since 2004. In 2010, he was appointed to the City Council. He was defeated in the 2011 election, which saw all of the incumbent council members ousted, then was elected in 2013. He did not seek re-election in 2017.

He was a local activist who is remembered for, among many things, hosting the first discussion about saving the Weatherwax property, at a meeting at the Broadbents’ home in 1998. Hundreds eventually joined the effort and finally, in 2016, persistence paid off when a wetlands mitigation bank was established as a preservation and funding mechanism for the 120-acre forest and wetlands area in the middle of Ocean Shores.

Broadbent is survived by his wife, Lillian, of Ocean Shores; his son, Douglas, and two beloved granddaughters, Hana and Emily Broadbent, of Seattle; and a sister, Diane Rose, of Reno, Nev.

His family suggests that donations be made to the Coastal Interpretive Center in Ocean Shores or the Museum of the North Beach in Moclips.