Former Olympia School District superintendent Howard Coble died Thursday. He was 91.
Coble, a past superintendent of the Snohomish School District, led the Olympia School District from 1973 to 1980. He went on to serve as executive director of the Washington Association of School Administrators until 1991. He also served on the Capital Region Educational Service District Board of Directors.
“Howard Coble’s commitment to public education was lifelong, shaping policy and practices across our state,” Olympia Superintendent Dick Cvitanich said. “As a colleague, he was an excellent mentor and friend. I am grateful for his guidance and support throughout my career.”
After retiring, Coble lived in Olympia and was a consultant for school districts hiring superintendents. In 2011, he received the American Association of School Administrators Distinguished Service Award.
“In his passing, Washington has lost a passionate leader and advocate for public education,” WASA Executive Director Bill Keim wrote in an email to the organization’s members.
Coble is survived by his wife Marilyn, their three grown children and numerous grandchildren, according to Dana Anderson, superintendent of Capital Region Educational Service District 113.
A public memorial service and reception are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at ESD’s conference center, 6005 Tyee Dr. SW, Tumwater.