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Windell Theophillus Mitchell

Windell T. Mitchell was born February 28, 1941 in Race Course, Manchester Parish, Jamaica, West Indies. He passed away on October 23, 2012 in his home. After completing high school at West Indies College Preparatory School, Mandeville, Jamaica, he emigrated to the U.S. to study architecture at the Manhattan Technical Institute of New York City. After a difficult year of trying to attend school fulltime and work fulltime, he gratefully accepted an invitation from his older brother, the late P.E. Mitchell, to join him in Seattle. He enrolled in the University of Washington, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. Windell was a lifelong member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. While attending church in Seattle, he met his wife, Myrtle. Their romance and union of 48 years produced a son, Dr. Jonathan Mitchell, and a daughter, Audrey Mitchell.

Windell started his career in public service as a budget analyst with King County Government. Within three years, he was promoted to Director of the King County Fleet Administration Division, a position he held for over 31 years until his retirement in 2008. Under Mr. Mitchell's transformative leadership, the King County Fleet Administration Division was recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the effective use of alternative fuels technologies, and in the use of green technologies. Included in the expansive list of his awards are the Quality Fleet Management Ideas Award from Business Week Magazine and the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) in 1993; the Government Fleet Magazine Manager of the Year Award received in 2008; and a national award, The Windell Mitchell Award for Innovation and Creativity, established in his name in 2012 by the 100 Best Fleets Program.

Windell Mitchell faced a terminal illness with courage and grace. He remained undeterred in tackling those issues and concerns he championed throughout his adult life; he truly made a difference in the lives of many. He was driven by a genuine compassion for less fortunate individuals and constantly reached out to help those in need.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Myrtle Mitchell, sons Jonathan (Lisa) and Sean and daughter Audrey; three grandchildren, Savannah, Ava and McKenna Mitchell; brother, Earl Mitchell (Elaine); sisters, Enid Dwyer, Merle Grey (Leroy) and Theda Mitchell; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Funeral Services: Friday, November 9th at 10:00 a.m. in the GREEN LAKE CHURCH of SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS, 6350 East Green Lake Way North, Seattle, 98103. Public Viewing at the SUNSET HILLS MEMORIAL PARK AND FUNERAL HOME, 1215 145th Pl. SE, Bellevue, 98007, on Wednesday, November 7th, 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 8th, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Remembrances may be sent to the ALS Association, Evergreen Chapter, or to the Green Lake Church/the Hands Across the Water Project.
Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 3 to Nov. 4, 2012
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