UPDATE: A GoFundMe has been set up to support his family. “Mike is and always will be an incredible and supportive dad, loving grandpa, best friend, and so much more,” the memorial says. “Mike always put his family first and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need.”
UPDATE (4/20): Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is organizing a memorial walk and bike ride for Mike May 15.
The man killed while biking near Seward Park Sunday evening has been identified as Mike Colmant. He was 63.
Our condolences to his friends and family.
Colmant was Deputy Director of Boeing Field, and his employer posted a sad memorial note on their website.
“Mike was a true professional who dedicated the last 20-plus years to making King County International Airport-Boeing Field better,” Airport Director John Parrott said. “He was a great colleague and a dear friend. He will be sorely missed.”
Colmant was a triathlete and marathon runner who moved to the area from Canada to work at Boeing Field. He was also a mentor to people looking to get into aviation.
He was biking northbound (downhill) on Seward Park Ave S just east of the intersection with Wilson Ave S when someone driving on the wrong side of the road struck him head-on and killed him. The suspect fled the scene. Police are searching for “a silver, older model compact sedan with a shattered windshield.” The license plate may start with something like “BKU 053.” Anyone with a tip is encouraged to call SPD’s Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206.233.5000.
A memorial has formed near the site of the hit and run, and someone etched “We love you Mike” into a nearby telephone pole.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Mike Colmant, deputy director of King County International Airport-Boeing Field.
Mike served the airport for more than two decades, playing a key role in many projects and initiatives throughout the years. One of the projects he was most proud of was the team effort to repair the main runway at KCIA in just two weeks after the Nisqually earthquake in 2001. As deputy director, Mike was always happy to share his expertise with young people considering aviation careers through programs such as DiscoverU.
A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Mike held management positions at airports in Canada before coming to King County in 1999.
In his free time, Mike was an avid swimmer, cyclist, and runner, and had several notable marathon and half-marathon finishes under his belt. He was also a ten-time Ironman Hawaii World Championship finisher.
Airport director John Parrott said, “Mike was a true professional who dedicated the last 20-plus years to making King County International Airport-Boeing Field better. He was a great colleague and a dear friend. He will be sorely missed.”
Memorial services for Mike are pending.
Our condolences to all who knew Mike, and we ask that you keep him and his family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts.