Bat signal lights up Walla Walla sky in honor of hometown hero

The bat signal is shining bright at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center in Walla Walla in honor of the late Batman actor, Adam West.

Adam West grew up in Walla Walla. He attended Walla Walla High School for a couple years and studied literature and psychology at Whitman College.

West passed away on June 9, 2017.

Fans of the Walla Walla native have come together to honor his memory.

Jonathan Grant, the front desk manager of the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, along with Integrity Design made the bat signal possible to shine in downtown Walla Walla. It was lit for the first time June 20 at the hotel.

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“I have always been a Batman fan growing up, especially knowing that Adam West grew up in Walla Walla,” Grant said.

For Grant, West’s legacy goes beyond Batman.

“Over the last few years I’ve had the pleasure of helping Adam while he stayed with us at the hotel. Each time I saw him, he was the most gracious, charming, witty, funny and kindhearted man I’ve ever met,” Grant said. “At that point it was Adam West, not Batman that became my hero.”

The day was special for multiple reasons. June 20 is Grant’s daughter Madison’s birthday. The 8-year-old had the honor of being the first to light the bat signal.

Bat signal lights up Walla Walla sky in honor of hometown hero

Grant says the hotel will continue to light the bat signal every night and the community is planning a bigger tribute in the future.

In addition to the bat signal, over 3,400 people have signed a petition to place a bronze statue of Adam West as Batman in Downtown Walla Walla. The petition is being held on Change.org.

“Walla Walla has always loved our hometown hero, our bright knight.”