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Whatcom County Judge Ira Uhrig dies after battle with cancer

Judge Ira Uhrig in Whatcom Superior Count in Bellingham in 2009. He died May 21, 2018, after battling cancer for several years.
Judge Ira Uhrig in Whatcom Superior Count in Bellingham in 2009. He died May 21, 2018, after battling cancer for several years. The Bellingham Herald file

Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Ira Uhrig has died, according to Whatcom County legal officials.

Judge Ira J. Uhrig died Monday from complications from the lymphoma he battled for several years.

Uhrig served as a Superior Court judge since 2004. He was previously a judge in Whatcom County District Court and the local magistrate for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

He was last elected in 2016 to a 4-year term as Whatcom Superior Court Judge Position 1.

Deputy prosecuting attorney Eric Richey, who has known and worked with Uhrig for nearly 25 years, said while the lawyers in the prosecutor’s office didn’t always agree with his rulings, they enjoyed practicing in front of him due to his fairness on the bench.

“He was always fair and always pleasant and treated everyone in the courtroom with respect,” Richey said. “We’ve lost a very bright and caring judicial officer and we’re all going to miss him.”

Presiding Superior Court Judge Deborra Garrett echoed Richey’s sentiments.

“Judge Uhrig was first and foremost a judge. It was an important calling to him, one that he took very seriously, as we all do,” Garrett said. “But he was certainly aware of the big responsibility and trust that the community places in judges and he worked hard to be worthy of that trust.”

Uhrig, a fifth-generation Whatcom County resident, was the grandson of Ira Yeager, who founded Yeager's Sporting Goods in Bellingham in 1921.

Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt
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