Golden: 50 years with Washington State Ferries

By Brian Soergel | Jun 22, 2018
Photo by: Brian Soergel Steve Jackson was honored over the weekend for his 50 years with Washington State Ferries, the last nine in Edmonds.

Fifty years at any job is a rare thing these days.

So Washington State Ferries ticket seller Steve Jackson’s 50th anniversary was cause for celebration Saturday, June 16, at – where else – the Edmonds ferry dock, where he has been the past nine years. Jackson has worked in both ticket booths, for drivers and for walk-ons.

You’ve probably seen him at some point. Before Edmonds, he worked mostly on the Mukilteo-Clinton run.

Jackson’s colleagues honored him with a party in the employee shack on the west end of the ferry dock. When it came time for pictures, he was presented with a replica ferry and toll booth, both made by ferry employee Jessica Book’s sister-in-law, Heidi Ballena.

One co-worker signaled a boat incoming from Kingston to blast its horn a few times. The captain happily obliged.

“He’s been fantastic,” relief dock supervisor John Rover said. “You have to have a certain temperament, because not everybody can do this. Steve, he’s pretty low key, easygoing. He’ll roll with the punches.”

Jackson, 69, who lives in Lynnwood, said he doesn’t have retirement in his plans.

“Not right way, anyway,” he said.

“I’m not going to let him quit,” Edmonds dock supervisor Irene Dodge said. “He’s marvelous. I love this guy.”


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