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Services set for former Port of Tacoma executive Don Mosman

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Aug. 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
August 1, 2012 2:52 pm

Graveside services for former Port of Tacoma Deputy Executive Director Don Mosman will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at New Tacoma Cemetery.

Mosman died July 24 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 87.

Born in San Francisco in 1925, Mosman rose from humble roots to become a prominent executive at both the Port of Tacoma and at the Port of Los Angeles. As a boy, Mosman lived in a home with a dirt floor and helped support his family by picking crops.

He attended Lake Stevens High School and graduated by correspondence, joining the U S Army Air Corps after his junior year, his family said. He was a B-25 bomber pilot and instructor. He married his high school sweetheart, Lois Kinney, in 1945.

Mosman earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the Washington State College. After college he worked at the Port of Tacoma. He was promoted up through the ranks and ultimately became the port’s deputy executive director. He retired from the port in 1980.

He then was hired by the Port of Los Angeles and became its deputy executive director.

After his second retirement, Mosman consulted for the United Nations in several countries as a port expert.

He is survived by his wife, Lois, and their children, Terri Cornish, and Patty Anderson; three
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He also is survived by two remaining siblings, Steve Mosman and Mari LeCompte.

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