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Former Monte mayor Mike Daniels dies

Former Montesano mayor Mike Daniels died in Seattle on Aug. 3 at the age of 63.

Daniels had been having health issues in recent months.

On Aug. 4, the Grays Harbor County commissioners conducted a moment of silence for Daniels, who worked for many years for the county, retiring as public services director in 2000. Daniels went on to work as a managing partner with Pacific International Engineering in Olympia. He’d go on to appear many more times before the county commissioners working on special development projects.

Hoquiam City Administrator Brian Shay said Daniels was instrumental in helping on permitting issues involving the pontoon construction project and served as a consultant for many other issues, including Imperium and Westway.

“He was a huge mentor for me on permitting issues, in particular and a heck of a nice guy,” Shay said.

Montesano Mayor Ken Estes said that Daniels served as the city’s 35th mayor from 1984 to 1988, but Estes knew him from the time they spent together in Ocean Shores, where he served as an engineer on several jobs.

“This is really sad news for all of us,” Estes said.

An obituary for Daniels says there will be no public service. The obituary notes he graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1969. Then, he went on to South Puget Sound Community College. He started his engineering career at Lambs Grays Harbor in Hoquiam.