Nov. 27, 1948 - March 26, 2012
Harvey Allen Tompkins, 63, passed away at his home on March 26, 2012, in College Place. He was a kind, loving, gentle and giving man who had a passion for freedom, music and life.
Harvey was born on Nov. 27, 1948, in Spokane to Fred and Suzanne Matson Tompkins. He graduated from DeSales High School in 1967. Harve loved music and started playing in bands in junior high school. Then at the age of 17, he became a disc jockey at KTEL Radio in Walla Walla.
After graduation, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served two combat tours in the Vietnam conflict. While in Vietnam he picked up shifts and got more experience at Armed Forces Radio Television (AFN) outpost stations. After Vietnam he attended Eastern Washington University for four years majoring in broadcasting and education.
After college, he moved to KFAR Radio/TV Fairbanks, Alaska. Because of his exceptional on-air talent, he was promoted to the Network Broadcast Headquarters in Anchorage, Alaska KENI Radio/TV. While there, he became the program director. His next move was to KANC Anchorage, Alaska, where he did the afternoon drive and was the program director and music director. He was also a P1 reporter for Radio Records and earned many gold records for the radio station. The station was sold and he was sought out by WEA (Warner, Electra, Atlantic) Records, headquartered in Seattle.
While at WEA, Harve was recruited by ABC Records Tapes in Seattle, where he traveled across several Northwest states including Alaska representing several record companies. His next move up the broadcast ladder took him to KUBE-FM Seattle; one of the nation's powerhouse Top-40 radio stations. It was at KUBE-FM that Harve became an account executive (radio sales). Harvey's next move was to KSPL Radio (Seattle) where he was named sales manager. During his media career, he was involved in writing and voicing radio and television commercials (local, regional and national) and composing/producing music. His next career move took him to the Bremerton Sun, where he became a regional account representative at
this Scripts/Howard newspaper.
On July 14, 2000, he married Belinda Chase-Daggett in Redmond, Wash. In 2001, Harve and his wife moved to Tucson, Ariz., to take care of his parents. While in Tucson, he learned to drive 18 wheelers for Werner Truck Line with his wife and puppy at his side. From Tucson, they returned to Walla Walla to be near family.
Survivors include his wife at home, Belinda; mother, Audrey Snook, College Place; daughter, Lalie Fisher (Devin) of Los Angeles.; sons, Keith Tompkins and Devin (Jennifer) Tompkins all of Kent, Wash.; sister, Janice (Bill) Fredicking of California; brothers, Fred Tompkins (Janice) of Seattle, Daniel (Kay) of Kailua, Hawaii, Charles Snook (Valerie) of San Francisco, Ken (Tara) Snook of Allyn, Wash.; stepsons, Ryan Daggett (Holly) of Portland, Erik Daggett of Walla Walla; father-in-law, Herman J. Chase of Walla Walla; sister-in-law, Joan Weinmaster (Gene) of Walla Walla; brothers-in-law, Paul (Martha) Chase of Wellesley, Mass.; Craig (Jeane) Chase of Walla Walla, Christopher (Pat) Chase of Walla Walla; three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and special friends, Andrea Allen Frans and Hank Mann Sykes. Memorial donations may be made at HarveAllen.com to benefit a personal disabled American veterans audio/video project Harve had been working on for sometime. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.