Larry Lee Hargis, 78, of Mount Vernon, WA passed away October 6, 2013 at Skagit Valley Hospital from congestive heart failure and Multiple Myeloma.
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He was born March 24, 1935 in Denver, Colorado to Tilman S. and Margaret Evelyn Hargis. He has one brother, Thomas S. Hargis (Tom). Larry lived in many places in the USA while he was growing up. The family finally settled in Santa Rosa, California where he graduated from Santa Rosa High School and Santa Rosa Junior College.
On February 8, 1963 he married Jean LuAnne Bultman of Oak Harbor, WA.
After graduating from Santa Rosa Junior College he joined the US Army as part of the National Guard and was stationed at Fort. Ord, California. He also spent time in the US Marine Corps where he received a medal as a sharp-shooter with a rifle. After his time in the service, he completed his education at Chico State College in 1960. After graduating he moved to Sedro-Woolley, WA where he was employed by Safeway. After a time there he went to work for the Department of Public Assistance as a case worker in Mount Vernon, WA. In time he became a supervisor in charge of case workers at Trevenen Hall on the grounds of Northern State Hospital. After 15 years he went to work for the WA State Department of Corrections as an adult probation and parole officer and completed 16 years there until he retired.
Larry volunteered at Skagit Community Action and became employed there as the coordinator of the pro bono legal services for seven years. Larry was always appreciated by co-workers and clients for his friendliness, easy humor and willingness to listen in a non-judgemental way. These qualities were much appreciated by friends, family and care-givers as well. Mount Vernon was his home. Over the years his interests included fishing, target-shooting and reloading his own shells then moved on to golf and from there to traveling.
At one time he was a deacon in the local Christian Reformed Church and later joined the Presbyterian Church. He was a kind and genuinely caring husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, LuAnne; two daughters, Erin Light (Matt) of Des Moines, WA, Cheryl, "Cheri" Hargis of Seattle; grandchildren, Kai Light, Liliana, "Lili" Light of Seattle and Nicholas, "Nic" Light of Des Moines, WA; brother, Tom, and his wife, Ernelyne, "Ern", Lincoln, CA and their two sons, Kevin and Tim, their wives, children and grandchildren in CA. There are also in-laws, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren both near and far in the USA.
He was preceded in death by his father, Tilman, "Ted" in 1990 and his mother, Margaret in 1998, as well as many other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends
A "Celebration of His Life" will be held at "The Grand Willow", 17926 Dunbar Rd., Mount Vernon on Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 PM
The family would especially like to thank the staff of Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center for their kindness and care for Larry while he was there.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Oct. 15, 2013