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Posted on: May 10, 2018

Community Awards: Meet Our Hall of Fame Inductees

Mayor Mary Lou Pauly presented two community members with the 2018 Hall of Fame award during the Issaquah Community Awards May 8.

Over the years – and through their many contributions to Issaquah – members of the Hall of Fame have raised the bar with their inspiring examples of service, leadership and civic-mindedness. 

The award is our community’s top honor.

David Kappler 

David KapplerFor the past four decades, Kappler has made a lasting impact on Issaquah’s sustainability – including our people, prosperity and environment.

As an original founder of the Issaquah Alps Trails Club and Mountains to Sound Greenway, he helped preserve countless forested areas throughout the Issaquah Alps. Regionwide, Issaquah is known as Trailhead City. And many of the trails that inspired that nickname are thanks to Kappler's tireless work.

Kappler also served on the Issaquah City Council for almost two decades, and during a pivotal time in our history when two master-planned communities were formed. Each development preserved massive amounts of open space.

Today, Kappler continues to work, oftentimes behind-the-scenes, to advocate for public lands at the local, state and regional level. 

Fred Butler

Fred ButlerFred Butler first served 27 years in the US Army Corps of Engineers, and then became a Seattle City Light Chief Engineer.


In addition, Butler served this community for more than two decades – first as a council member for 14 years, and then as Issaquah’s mayor from 2014-17.

Butler's passion for mass transit is known throughout the region. As a member of the Sound Transit Board, Butler successfully ensured light rail to Issaquah was included in the ST3 package.

Butler was also instrumental in welcoming Swedish to Issaquah; creating the Costco Development Agreement; renovating Julius Boehm Pool; and building the new skateboard park. 

His widespread influence was very clear in 2017, when he called a Regional Transportation Summit, and successfully brought together the King County Executive; 10 mayors; state legislators; King County councilmembers; WSDOT; Metro; and Sound Transit to one event.
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