Marty Ray DUITCH
June 27, 1947 – March 14, 2020
Marty Ray DUITCH was born on June 27, 1947 and passed away on March 14, 2020.
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Marty Ray DUITCH
March 27, 2020
Marty was our beloved bus driver in elementary school for many years when I was growing up on Mercer Island. I remember being a little girl and not being particularly excited to be getting up early for school, but as soon as my sisters and I saw Marty driving the school bus coming to pick us with his big smile, the mornings were made much better. Marty was the kindest, sweetest, gentlest soul. He is a true example of the idea that even the smallest interactions, done with kindness, can make a huge difference in a person's day. Up to this day, when Marty would see my mom around town, he remembered each of our names and ask how we were doing and would send his "hello" our way. He will be so missed and thought of often.
With love and gratitude,
The Ramic Girls
March 18, 2020
Marty drove me to my first day of kindergarten and to my last day to graduation. He will always hold a special place in me and my family’s heart. I remember when I was in elementary school, Marty would get on the bus intercom and specifically ask me to join him at the front of the bus every so often. We would chat and update each other on what our family is doing. Fast forward to 2016 high school graduation, I coincidentally joined his bus to drive me to my commencement. And just like old times, Marty got on the bus intercom and asked me to join him upfront to catch up. We will miss you Marty. If there was a Mercer Island School District Hall of Fame, you would be on the first ballot. With love and prayer, Jared Walker.