Friday, August 23, 2019

Marco Island Icon Herb Savage Passes


Herb Savage would have turned 100 years old on January 6th, 2019.  He passed away on January 1st, surrounded by his loving wife Emily and children. We will remember Herb as a devoted family man, patriot, visionary, community leader and history teacher to all of Marco Island.   

Herb was fond of his military career where he served his country for 20 years both active and in the reserves.  In 1940, he was sent to Italy and was released from active duty in 1964.  In 1950, Herb was recalled to active duty for the Korean conflict.  He was a member of the VFW and actively participated in all local military celebrations.  He would often lead the singing of “God Bless America” at gatherings, especially patriotic affairs. 

In 1959, Herb accepted an offer to join the Mackle Brothers’ Deltona Corporation, which developed communities throughout much of Florida. He worked as a chief architect for the Mackle Brothers for 19 years and designed many of the original buildings and homes on Marco in the 1960s and 1970s.  He envisioned a friendly, family-oriented community with lots of mom and pop style shops.   

Herb designed model homes and commercial buildings for the company, many of which still grace the island. Among them is the former Marco Beach Hotel and Villas, which was purchased by the Marriott Corp. in 1979, becoming what is today the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. 

According to Marco Island resident Dave Rice, he first met Herb through the Chamber of Commerce, and considers Herb a mentor and one of the top forefathers of modern Marco Island. Marco’s Litha Berger admired Herb’s devotion to family and the community. 

Respect for Herb’s contributions led the city to rename the former Smokehouse Bay Bridge as the Herbert R. Savage Bridge. 

Events scheduled to celebrate Herb’s 100th birthday will continue as planned. Coastal Breeze News will provide information as it becomes available on an upcoming service in Herb’s honor. 

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