1955 - 2012
The family and friends of Mark Harvey, 57, announce his passing on Sept. 4, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mark was born on May 9, 1955, to Leroy and Mildred Harvey at St. Mary Medical Center. He graduated from Walla Walla High School and attended both Walla Walla Community College and Columbia Basin Community College prior to becoming a journeyman carpenter. He participated in the construction of numerous public and private facilities in Southeastern Washington prior to joining the Walla Walla School District in 1988 as a carpenter, a position he held and enjoyed to the end.
As a man who could build or fix just about anything, he very much enjoyed using those skills to enhance the learning atmosphere for the students and teachers of the local public schools. There is literally a part of Mark throughout Walla Walla. A unique man, Mark had the intellectual capacity and discipline to be anything, but he found his reward by working hard, building and fixing things. In his younger years, he was an avid skydiver and also a scuba dive instructor. He was an accomplished trap shooter who could hunt in the morning and spend the afternoon baking and canning in the kitchen. He would finish a round of golf and proceed to help someone with a complicated car repair.
His many friends were always rewarded by his unfailing assistance and “can do” attitude and no problem couldn’t be solved with a critical analysis and determination. Mark possessed a multitude of skills few others had. He was a loving father, son, brother and grandfather and wonderful friend to many and will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched.
Mark was preceded in death by his father, Leroy. He is survived by his daughter, Millicent (Jim) Jones; sons, Scott (Kim) Harvey and Bryan Harvey; his mother, Mildred Harvey; brothers, Douglas (Jane) Harvey, Michael (Kathy) Harvey; and seven grandchildren, Jessica, Mya, Ryan, Evan, Justin, Byran and Brysan.
The memorial funeral service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, with Rev. Steve Morris officiating. Following the service, a celebration of life will be held at the Masonic Lodge. Memorial contributions may be made to Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center or Walla Walla Community Hospice through the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.