Sarah Leyrer
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Sarah Leyrer

Sarah Leyrer, 41 of Seattle, died on Saturday, August 29, 2020, following a car crash in which her beloved cat Yeller was also killed. Sarah led a life that mixed equal parts fun and adventure with championing human rights. While a foreign exchange student in Uruguay, Sarah discovered her calling to the "good trouble" of exposing and combating injustice. She pursued it in her professional life as an admired attorney who advocated for low-income people and immigrants, and as an activist for race and social justice. At the time of her death, she was a Senior Investigator for the Seattle Office of Labor Standards.

Sarah was a gifted artist and volunteered her creative and professional talents to numerous organizations, including The Bikery, Casa Latina, La Resistencia, and The Northwest Justice Project. She loved being outdoors and took pleasure in biking, hiking, camping, and travels with friends. She was a fearless athlete, competing recently in roller derby and bike polo.

Sarah was hilarious, mischievous, and fun, yet serious and passionate about what she believed in. She cared deeply for animals and her many friends. She is survived by her husband Mike Katell, her mother Becky Ballantine, her father Bill Leyrer, her sister Amy Lawrence, and her stepfather Bill Ballantine, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and colleagues. Sarah leaves an indelible mark in the hearts of all who knew her. Donations in her honor can be made to La Resistencia, or to the Seattle University School of Law Scholarship Program.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Sep. 6, 2020.
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September 15, 2020
Dear Mike and Family: We were so pleased to have met Sarah and you on Family events surrounding her Grandmother Mavis. Each time I thought to myself that Sarah reflected the Leyrer free spirited thinker attribute and a loving soul. We extend our profound condolences to all. May your time together begin to offer you comfort during this time and in the future. Sincerely, Rauline Freier and Staff
Rauline Freier
September 6, 2020
I knew Sarah in law school and as a colleague at Columbia Legal Services in Moses Lake, WA. My deepest condolences to Mike and her family.
Eric Gutierrez
September 6, 2020
I am sorry I never got to meet and know Sarah... she sounds like an incredible human being with a lot to offer the world, her friends and family. I think it would have been amazing to have done a bike ride with her and explore new paths together. Sadly that can't happen.
Wendy Hersh
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