Byron Marr

February 3, 1939September 30, 2020

Byron Marr passed away peacefully on September 30, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. His family includes his wife of 54 years, Virginia Sue Chinn, Son Eric Marr, wife Nichele & grandson Alexander, Son Curtis Marr, wife Janiece, & grandson Riley, Daughter Pamela Marr, & granddaughters Kaila and Leila. Also, brothers and sisters: Ernest Marr (deceased), Dahlia Yee, Christina Chinn, Stanley Marr (deceased), Daniel Marr, & Frankie Marr. Byron’s parents are Frank Marr & Elizabeth Yee Marr (both deceased). Byron loved the outdoors. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, cycling, & razor clam digging with his family and friends. Byron was a Master Gardener and was the City of Seattle Park Horticulturist until his retirement. In his retirement years he worked summers at Jackson Park Golf Course. He could always be counted on to help his children with their gardens. He was generally quiet in nature, but he would speak well in front of people and with a great sense of humor. Byron was dedicated to family, close friends, and pets of the family. He will be deeply missed and loved by his family including all those that knew him. Donations may be made to Pasado’s Safe Haven, Treehouse for Kids, Union Gospel Mission, Seniors Meals on Wheels, Kin On Nursing Home, or Cancer Lifeline. Celebration of life memorial service to be held at a later date. All are welcome to sign the online guestbook below and add any message or stories for the Marr family.


  • A Celebration of Life memorial service to be held at a later date


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Daniel and Jackie Marr

October 18, 2020

Many fond memories of brother Byron. Reminiscing when Bryon entered the service in 1958. On his way to Oakland army base he stopped in San Francisco and stayed with us on a camp cot( which I still own) for a few days, before being deployed to the Schofield Barracks in Oahu.
Happy to have seen him last December. We will miss you.

Dan and Jackie

Christine Marr

October 13, 2020

Auntie Sue, Eric, Curtis, Pamela and families,

Please accept my deepest sympathies for the passing of Uncle Byron. He was greatly loved and will be missed. I remember his thoughtfulness and assistance to my family when he took it upon himself to curate a beautiful landscape behind the gravestone of my father, Ernie (Uncle Byron's brother) when he passed away many years ago. I always think of Uncle Byron when I visit my father.

And I recall with gratitude the pointers Uncle Byron gave me on my own garden. It flourishes today only because of his suggestions.

Uncle Byron, rest in peace.

Your loving niece,

Stuart Wong

October 13, 2020

I remember seeing Uncle Byron at the Christmas party. Sometimes we would eat together. I will miss seeing him at the Christmas party.

Erika Kinno

October 12, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Virginia and each member of the Marr family. Having been a friend of Pam's since grade school, my strongest memories of Byron are of being at their house for playdates or sleepovers. Through my child's eyes, he was a quiet but strong presence, working at some project, him being close by let you know things were okay. I wish I had known him better as an adult. When I think of Byron I think of being grounded in community--in this place and in the people who live here. That spirit is in Curtis, Eric, and Pam too. Such a legacy he leaves for us to carry forward! My love and condolences,
Erika Bergman Kinno

Barb DeCaro

October 10, 2020

My sincere condolances to the Marr family at this sad time.
I too worked for Byron in the Horticulture Unit in Seattle Parks for many years.

I will always remember him as a trustworthy, kind and gentle man, who was at heart a fine horticulturist and manager who stood up for his staff and was a mentor to all of us. Even after he retired he visited often and rarely missed our legendary 4th of July and Holiday celebrations.

I will miss his smiling face and great stories.

Pam Lucarelli

October 7, 2020

Had the pleasure of working with Byron Marr; everyday seemed brighter when he was around.

Sharing your sorrow, pam

Patty Ward

October 5, 2020

I too wish to pass on my condolences to the Marr family.
Byron hired me in 1980 as a CEDA youth, and I was lucky enough to grab my passion then for gardening. I also meet my long time mentors Stephanie, Jim ,Tim and Byron.
He hired my back 7 years later and being a south end kid we had a bond. I had a 30 year career thanks to Byron taking a chance on me He was always there with a kind word , good advice and mentoring. Byron was a kind soul.
I will always remember with fondness


Don Brooks

October 5, 2020

I first met Byron in 1986 when he and Pat Elder interviewed me for the position of Assistant Gardener with Parks. He was my direct supervisor both during my time on the Landscape Crew and my first years at the Kubota Garden. He had such a gentle and positive attitude coupled with offering both trust and advice. I'll miss him greatly.


October 5, 2020

My condolences to the Marr Family and Friends. I will always remember Byron while working with him in the Horticulture Unit at Seattle Parks with fond memories. He was always kind and had a wonderful smile. Blessings to All.

Jon Martin

October 5, 2020

My condolences go out to Byron's family and friends. I pray God will comfort all of you during this time. I worked at Seattle Parks and Recreation Department under Byron's management for many years. He always encouraged and supported me even after he retired. He was more than a "boss". He was my friend. He was admired and respected by his staff and employees outside his unit. Byron was a compassionate leader with a servant's heart and a true gentleman.


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