Doris Ellis Who Helped Save Baseball In Seattle Has Passed Away

Doris Ellis

Doris Ellis, a member of the Mariners ownership group that helped save baseball in Seattle in 1992, has passed away.


“All of us who were privileged to know Doris loved her,” said Mariners President & Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mather. “We will all miss her laugh and her storytelling. One of my favorite memories of Doris is the night she got up on the Kingdome dugout roof to dance with the Mariner Moose during a game. We will keep her family in our prayers.”


“For the last 25 years Doris was behind the scenes at the Mariners as a member of our ownership group, but she built her life around her family,” said Mariners Chairman John Stanton. “Nothing was more important to her than John, her four children — Tom, Jim, John Jr. and Barbara — and her eight grandchildren. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all of them today.”

Doris Ellis
Doris Ellis

Doris Ellis (nee Stearns) graduated from Franklin High School in 1946 where she was in Glee Club, Girls Band and was Girls Club President. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in home economics and taught high school for four years at Lake Washington High School before she decided to stay home to raise her family. Doris’ high school sweetheart, John, was Boys Club First Vice President at Franklin. They married Aug. 1, 1953, after John completed law school at the University of Washington.


Doris and John raised their family in the greater Seattle area and were partners in giving generously in both time and money to make the community a better place.