Frank Vincent LaSalata

March 7, 1952September 1, 2012

Our beloved father, friend and King County District Court Judge, Frank V. LaSalata, passed away on September 1, 2012 at the age of 60, due to complications of his battle with cancer. Frank was born on March 7, 1952 in Brooklyn, NY as the only child of Michael and Sadie LaSalata. After graduating from Jericho High School he attended college in New York and Florida. He continued to live on Long Island NY until he moved to Washington. He worked for the Forest Service and lived in Packwood where he met and married Mary Carnahan (later divorced) and had 3 adored sons, Michael, Anthony and David. The family moved from Packwood in order for Frank to attend Washington State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Geology. Frank worked on various projects, including the mapping of coal mines in and around Issaquah until they settled in Centralia. Frank worked at WIDCo for several years, until he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer. In 1992 he graduated from the University of Puget Sound Law School (now Seattle University). He practiced law as a sole practitioner for several years in Bellevue and then in Friday Harbor before attaining his ultimate goal of twice being elected as a King County District Court judge, where he presided until his death. Frank was currently serving as the Vice President of the District and Municipal Court Judges' Association after being elected to that position by his fellow judges. Frank is survived by his sons, Michael (Kari), Tony (Lisa) and David (Arielle), and his eight wonderful grandchildren who brought him so much joy, Mika, Sydnie, Madison (Belle), Kaleb, Owen, Paige, Olivia and Vincent. He is preceded in death by his parents. A Celebration of Frank's Life will be held at the Clise Mansion at Redmond's Marymoor Park on Saturday, Sept. 22nd at 12 noon. Because education was so important to Frank, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Frank V. LaSalata Education Fund for his grandchildren's college education.


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Larry Lawton

November 10, 2012

To Frank s family, I was sorry to hear about Frank. I just heard this past week that he had passed and it was a shock as I always considered him a good friend even though we had not talked since his leaving Centralia I was proud of his accomplishments. While you lived in Centralia your Mom and Dad and Jeanette and I visited quite a bit. You may have heard about our trip to Reno and our incident while passing through the airport security. Frank had many friends in the Centralia area and he will be missed.

Larry & Jeanette Lawton,

Loretta Story

October 10, 2012

We have lost someone that really did make a difference in the legal system. I studied for the Bar with Frank and remained friends every since. Frank was always a joy to talk to and always saw the bright side of things. We will miss him.

Beau Coats

September 22, 2012

Strong in conviction and tender in heart, Frank LaSalata was truly a good man. He brought kindness and civility into a profession notorious for its indifference. I will miss our conversations which were always meaningful and, unfortunately, always too short. I only hope that Frank knew how respected and admired he was while he was amongst us and how he will be desperately missed now that he is gone.

Anthony Zanol

September 21, 2012

I had the privilege to appear before Judge LaSalata many times over the years. No matter the occasion or circumstance his inherent good nature was evident for all to see. His compassion, professionalism, and sense of humor elevated the esteem of every court he presided in. Anyone who knew him feels the loss of his passing.

September 13, 2012

Frank was my client and I really enjoyed working with him so much! I helped him to purchase 2 different vehicles. I will always remember his down to earth nature and his great smile. He will be greatly missed! I am sending prayers, hugs and love to his family....Heidi Webster

Marilyn Paja

September 10, 2012

Judge LaSalata, your father, was my friend and judicial colleague. Although I did not work with him day-to-day in the courtroom, I attended many meetings and social gatherings where his thoughtful comments and insights resulted in a clear benefit to the judiciary and to our organizational collegeality. He obviously cared about everyone he met as a person deserving of respect and attention. That showed in all of his interactions. I will miss him, his smile and good nature. He was a good man of whom your memories must be very fond.

scott thomas

September 10, 2012

I am very sorry to learn of Frank's passing. Frank and I were students together at the UPS law school, and I always remember him as being ready with a well reasoned argument in class, and a witty comment after. He graduated the semester before I did, and he was kind enough to show me around his new office in Bellevue when i was trying to figure out how I was going to take off in my new career. I seem to recall him saying that on hot weekend days, it was always a challenge among his colleagues to see who could avoind turning on the air conditioning, because the first to do so would have to pay an additional charge. Great guy.

September 10, 2012

I am so very sorry to hear of Frank's passing. I knew Frank when he practiced in Friday Harbor and would usually see him on Mondays at the Courthouse. He was true professional and always a pleasure to work with.

Delilah George

Mark Kaiman

September 10, 2012

I knew Frank from my days practicing law in Friday Harbor. We kept in touch a bit over the years, although not as much as I would have liked. Frank was a kind man and a good soul. He had a great sense of humor, and I always enjoyed spending time with him. My condolences to your entire family. Frank will be sorely missed.

Teri Justice

September 10, 2012

Frank was a father figure, a mentor, a teacher, a colleague and most importantly, my friend. My heart breaks at the loss of this great man. Frank has given me more than anyone could know and I will be forever grateful. It will be a struggle to carry on without you Frank, but your sons and I will do our best to make it through each day. We love and miss you!

Teri Justice, Attorney at Law, and your Rule 6 Law Clerk.