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Stan Selden CEO of Selden’s Designer Home Furnishings dies at 84

Tacoma, Washington native, civic leader and retired President and CEO of Selden’s Designer Home Furnishings, Stanley Selden died Sunday at his home, with family by his side. He was 84.

Stan’s son Scott, the company’s current President and CEO, said his dad stayed positive and courageous throughout his battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease in late May.

Selden’s was founded as a floor coverings company in 1940 by Stan’s father Sydney. Stan became the second-generation leader of the firm in 1971, a role he held until 2002.

Today the company is guided by the third and fourth generation of Seldens. Including Scott, his sister Loni Cross, and Cross’s son Jacob.

Even in retirement, Stan maintained his interest in the family business.

“He was my advisor and confidant,” Scott Selden said. “His business acumen was strong right up until the day he passed.”

Stan Selden leaves behind a legacy of hard work and community service.

His list of awards and accolades is long, including his role as emeritus member of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County and recognition by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber with a New Tacoma award.

He served on the boards of the Tacoma Better Business Bureau, the Youth Maritime Foundation and Campfire.

He is well known for his promotion of Tacoma’s waterfront as a symbol of the city he loved.

The family will hold a private graveside service for him and plan a celebration of life for his family and friends at the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum. Time and date will be announced later.

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