Former County Commissioner Herb Welch has died at the age of 79

Herb Welch, a Wishkah Valley resident and Grays Harbor County Commissioner from 2011-2015, has passed at the age of 79.

“It is sad news, for the family.” said Commissioner Wes Cormier, “My condolences to the family. He was fun to work with, had a great personality.”

Welch was elected to his Commissioner seat in 2010, unseating Al Carter in District #3.

Following a series of health issues during his term, he chose not to refile for the seat, now held by Commissioner Vickie Raines.

Welch was relegated to attending some meetings near the end of his term via phone during therapy due to heart problems.

“Just an good guy. An all-around good guy.” Cormier added.

Cormier said that he had spoken with Welch within the past month.

According to his former campaign website, Herb was born in Forks, Washington to a pioneer family that included his four sisters and a foster brother, Ron Roberts.

The family moved to the Wishkah Valley in 1944, where he graduated from Wishkah Valley High School, and attended both Grays Harbor College and Compton College, studying accounting and business management.

He served the United States Navy as a Radar man aboard the USS Toledo CA-133 was awarded two Admiral’s Letters of Commendation during his service.

After serving his country, he returned to Washington State in 1961 and then to Grays Harbor County in 1984.

Herb volunteered as a Little League coach, Boy Scout leade, volunteer fire fighter, and was a member of the NRA and a Life Member of the VFW.

In 1990 he moved to the family property in Wishkah Valley, where he and his family currently resides.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, January 14 at Harbor City Church in Aberdeen.


Graduate of Wishkah Valley High School.
Attended Compton College, Compton, California.
and Grays Harbor College, Aberdeen, Washington Studied Accounting and business management.

Community involvement and Personal:
Little League Coach
Boy Scout Leader
Volunteer Fire Fighter
Life Member of VFW
Member of the USS Toledo CA-133 Association
Member of the American Legion
Twice President of the Local Chapter of NAIFA. (National Association of Insurance
and Financial Advisors) Awarded NAIFA MVP one year.
Member of NRA

Herb spent over 25 years in the logging and construction business. After attending financial and business management training in 1984, He provided financial services, which include insurance and securities. In 1990 he returned to take more accounting classes. He became licensed in the mid 1990’s as a mortgage broker. After attending tax preparer training he has prepared 100’s of income tax returns for the community. In addition to providing his family’s income, he has always had a heart to serve his community.



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