Longtime Port of Pasco commissioner Ernie Boston, who announced May 17 that he was stepping down to deal with health issues, has died. He was 86.
Boston, who passed away May 30 due to complications from surgery, first gained a seat on the three-member commission in 1995. He had a business background and was a co-owner of Boston Real Estate Associates with his wife, Betty.
In a resolution presented to Boston after stepping down, his fellow port commissioners said that his “constructive, independent thought and strong sense of responsibility and service to his fellow residents of Franklin County and Washington state as a whole made for a better place to live and work.”
According to port Executive Director Jim Toomey, the commission has 90 days from Boston’s resignation or Aug. 14, to appoint a new commissioner, or a replacement would then be left in the hands of Franklin County commissioners.
The Port of Pasco, located in the Tri-Cities region of Washington State, manages a 28-acre marine terminal, 15-acre multi-modal rail/barge terminal, 600-acre industrial center, the Tri-Cities Airport and numerous other properties.