Today, Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement on the passing of Costco founder Jeff Brotman:
“Like the more than 120,000 Costco employees worldwide, I was shocked and saddened by the passing of Jeff Brotman, co-founder of the iconic Pacific Northwest retail company.
“The scrappy and innovative company Jeff built into one of the world’s most successful retailers reflects our region’s populist values and the Northwest’s entrepreneurial drive; Jeff had the wisdom to take those savvy local values global. I was happy to have known Jeff and I always enjoyed the advice he would give me.
“Jeff and his wife Susan have shown generous dedication to his alma mater, the University of Washington. In particular, they supported the growth and expansion of U.W. Medicine, Costco’s scholarship fund, major gifts to the local arts, and contributions to Tacoma’s Temple Beth El preschool and daycare center, reflecting the charitable and civic values of the Northwest.
“Jeff will be missed, but his impact on our community will last forever. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, his immediate family, and the entire Costco family.”