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2/28/2013 3:42:00 PM
A tribute to Terry McCauley
A Minute with the Mayor Cheri Farivar Mayor

We recently lost a beloved and prominent citizen, local attorney Terry McCauley, a man who was near and dear to the hearts of many of us here in Leavenworth. He was too young, only 67 years old when he died on Jan. 24, but in his life he did much good and touched so many lives in a positive way that he deserves to be recognized and remembered for the fine man he was. In the early 70's, Terry was a young attorney in Cashmere when he drafted wills for my parents. I remember how impressed they were with his advice and his service. He became our family attorney and, over the years, my parents relied on him whenever they needed legal advice. They thought of Terry McCauley as a friend, as did most everyone who dealt with him. My mother had a favorite piece of advice that she attributed to Terry every time she said it. It was this..."Anything done in haste is likely to be wrong." It's advice that I rely on still, particularly now that I'm the Mayor.

Terry served as Leavenworth's City Attorney for 40 years. Think of it...40 years of advising the City Council and a succession of Mayors and City Administrators. And, no matter who was in office, Terry was the one constant at the city for all that time, quietly and carefully protecting the interests of our town. Terry always found a way to work successfully with any group or individual no matter what the issue. Former Mayor, Elmer Larsen told me that in all the time he ever dealt with Terry, he never heard him speak negatively of anyone. Peter DeVries shared that Terry was never too busy to take a call from an individual Council member and always treated their concerns with the utmost priority. Both men considered Terry a personal friend, as did I.

Terry McCauley was the kind of citizen that keeps a small town thriving by sharing his many talents with his community. For many years, he was a popular Emcee for everything from the Royal Lady Presentation to charity auctions. He spoke at high school career days and was an active Royal Bavarian. He supported the arts and became an Audubon Scholar, writing a screenplay based upon the John J. Audubon story. He gave generously of his time to the underprivileged and his legal experience to Legal Aid. And of course, he was a loving husband, father and friend. But his professional service to the City of Leavenworth as our trusted counsel is unusual in both its duration and its dedication. He is a legend here at the City and throughout the community, and he will be sorely missed. Terry McCauley was one-of-a-kind, and it's the kind all of us should strive to become. Thank you Terry!

Mayor Farivar may be reached at Leavenworth City Hall or email to mayor@cityofleavenworth.com

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