Malvert L. Hampel
1942 - 2007
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Malvert L. Hampel passed away peacefully at the age of 64 in the early morning of May 7, 2007 at the Harborview Medical Center with his family by his side.

Born on July 25th, 1942, in Bremerton, Washington, Mal was raised by his parents Lillian and Charles "Harry" Hampel in Burlington where he attended B-E High School. He then proceeded his education at Western Washington University, where he met his future wife Vicki Berkland.

Together, they attended Northern Arizona University, where they both attained Master Degrees in Psychology.

Mal had a passion and a talent for teaching people, and started his professional educational career at Mountlake Terrace as a junior high counselor. He and Vicki soon started a family with the adoption of their two sons, Christopher and Matthew, and moved back home near Edison where they could both teach and be closer to their parents. After a few more years of counseling, Mal became the 6th grade teacher at the same school he attended as a boy, West View Elementary. It was here that Mal developed a proficient reputation as not only a teacher of scholastics, but more importantly as a teacher of life. His lessons are preserved in the hearts and minds of many of his students to this day, as he will be fondly remembered and dearly missed as a beacon of wisdom.

It was during this time that the Hampel's also inherited the family farm from Vicki's parents, Barbara and Simer Berkland. And now summer vacation became summer harvest as Mal embraced the second side to his life as a farmer. His zeal and vision turned crops into cattle as he converted the agricultural farm into a bustling cattle ranch and the cowboy was born. Mal constantly explored new and innovative ways to rear and streamline cattle ranching until the late 90's when small farms became a tough business and a way of the past for the Hampel family.

Mal enjoyed the past decade of his retirement as he trekked the globe, pursued real estate, and spent many happy moments with his family and friends - living each day to its fullest and checking off the wish list of life.

Mal was preceded in passing by his father Charles Hampel and father-in-law Simer Berkland, and he will be deeply missed by his loving family: wife, Vicki Hampel, sons, Christopher and Matthew Hampel, mother, Lillian Hampel, mother-in-law, Barbara Berkland, sister, Milynee James, nephews, Kemaar, Javan, and Jerrame James, and countless friends and confidants.

All are welcome to celebrate the life of Malvert L. Hampel at a Memorial Service this Friday, May 11th, at 1:00 pm, at the Bow Cemetery on Bow-Cemetery Road. Reception to follow at the Allen United Methodist Church, 16775 Allen West Road, Bow.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Skagit Valley or a charity of your choice.

Please share your thoughts of Mal and sign the online guestbook at

Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.

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Published in Skagit Valley Herald on May 9, 2007.
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May 16, 2007
To the Hampel Family,
Please accept my sincere sympathy in your recent loss.
I have fond memories of Mr. Hampel as a compatriot in the world of education, but I must share a moment in his life that is imbedded in my heart.
Mr. Hampel coached my son Josh in wrestling. Josh had a hard time as a new wrestler, but Mr. Hampel kept encouraging him and reassuring him that it would be worth it.
I was there at a match when Josh finally won and I took a photo of him and Mr. Hampel. They were moving toward each other with such surprise and joy, that I framed it and it hung where Josh could see it everyday as he left his room.
Mal gave Josh one of his few winning days in school and I will never forget it!
May God bless you with many happy memories of a wonderful man.
Sincerely, Jan Taylor
Jan Taylor
May 14, 2007
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hampel family during this difficult time. Mr. Hampel was simply the best teacher. Period. His understanding and willingness to adapt to his students every year showed how comfortable he was with in his role as an educator. He knew a little something about everything and shared his great love of literature and music with his students. Like most, I carry these things with me to this day. I'll miss and think about him the rest of my life.
Brad Sopher
May 13, 2007
Matt, I was so sorry to hear of your dads passing. Hold tight your memories, I didn't know your dad but I do know he raised a fine son.
Terri Knowles
May 11, 2007
When I was in 6th grade, my uncle Mal was my teacher. My parents wanted me to attend his 6th grade class at West View, in Burlington. I was an Edison kid. I did not want to leave my friends and strugle to make new ones. I still remember the first day of class. I remember my uncle introducing me to the class and that sick feeling of being the new kid with a secret. I remember Steve, Kurt, & Matt accepting me as their friends. I remember "two girls" who taped an open 2" safety pin to my chair and the near death experience that followed in my dreams. You know your names. I remember random soda pops being passed out to those who made and effort above and beyond. I remember making fresh popcorn & learning a life lesson or two along the way. I remember drawing mushrooms. Yes, mushrooms. To this day, I don't know why he chose those. I should have asked. Didn't seem inportant till now. I remember a touchdown called back because of a whistle that never should have blown. Oh he was mad! I will remember my uncle as my teacher, my flag football coach, my mentor, my co-worker & most of all my friend. I will miss him...
Kemaar James
May 11, 2007
I never had Mr. Hampel as a 6th grade teacher but i know what a great person & teacher he was to the BEschool district. My deepest sympathies to my friend Chris and the family. You are in my thoughts.
Shelley Taylor (Konen)
May 10, 2007
Chris, Matt & Vicki, I wish there were words to express my deepest sympathies. He will be missed but he will always live on in our hearts and memories. Know that he loved you with all his might and take strength and comfort in the knowledge that he is at peace and watching over you always. With love and sympathy.
Jenny Brown
May 10, 2007
My deepest sympathy to the entire Hampel family. Having been friends with Chris for a while now I can not count the number of Mal stories I have heard or the often uttered..."That sounds like something Mal would say." I know Mal will be truly missed.
Joseph Brester
May 10, 2007
When I was just a 12 year old boy in 6th grade, I lost my grandfather, Carl Abenroth. It was my school teacher Mr. Hampel who saw my pain and helped me through such a difficult time in my life, dealing with a major loss while trying to become a man myself but still just a young boy. Mr. Hampel quickly became much much more than a school teacher for me, as I'm sure he did for many. I am one of the lucky people in the world to have a wonderful father, but Mr. Hampel made it feel like I had two of them. He helped me tremendously, not just in being a good student, but life lessons in general. He invited me to his home and I spent a fair amount of time in those young years working on his crop farm.

Although I've only seen him a handful of times over the past 25 years, my wife, sons, parents and close friends know that Mr. Hampel is the man I have always referred to as 'my favorite man in the world'. I think about him on a regular basis because he was such a wonderful influence on my life. I now have my own three young boys, Isaac, Caleb and Eli. I have tools to teach and guide them that I began to learn in the 6th grade. Thanks to Mr. Hampel I have a better understanding of what it is to be a good leader for my sons. If I become half the man that Mr Hampel was, what a success that would be. This world will dearly miss his love, guidance, and compassion.

He has always and will always hold a very dear place in my heart, and it brings tears to my eyes to learn of his passing.

If half of the men in the world were half the man that the good Lord blessed us with in Mr. Hampel, what a wonderful world it would be indeed.

Mr. Hampel, thank you for all you've done for me and thank you from my sons for what you've done for them without ever having met them. Your wonderful influence will be reflected through generations upon generations.
Phil Abenroth, PLS
May 10, 2007
MrHampel was a wonderful teacher.I remember him taking photos for the year book at Westview School. He was my 6th grade teacher and was a very caring person always concerned with his students. you will be missed much. LOL your student from WestView School.
Tanya Garcia
May 10, 2007
I will always remember you open way of teaching, thinking and love of art and gardening. You taught so many to express themselves. Thank you for your dedication and the popcorn machine!
Heidi West(Gustafson)
May 10, 2007
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Mr Hampel was a great teacher and a great person. I went to school with Chris and I can only imagine the sorrow your family is feeling. I truly send my sincere sympathy to all of your family and you are all in my prayers.
Tammy Anguiano (Garcia)
May 10, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with Vickie and the family.
It seems such a shame to lose Mal when he had so much to give, but his talents were needed elsewhere.
Paula Alstrand-Zimmerman
May 9, 2007
We became friends with Mal in Arizona. He had a wonderful sense of humor and caring personality. His skills as a chef made a dinner invitation special. Our thoughts and prayers are with Vicki and family.
Roland and Bev Garbs
May 9, 2007
I am eternally indebited to Mal after having had the opportunity to help him work his land throughout my early twenties. Mal had an extreme impact on my delopment as a man, teaching me life lessons as only Mal could. He will forever be a presence in my being, sitting on his tractor during the sunset, and giving guidance with a simple nod of the head. He was always generous and true.
Todd Olsen
May 9, 2007
My thoughts will be with you always. Mal was a great man.I spent my 33rd Birthday with Mal and Chris and not only did Mal teach me how to play the game of Risk, he shared with me the knowledge of his life and that life is about taking Risks and living life to the fullest. He was a man of his words and will be forever remembered. Love Always, Suzanne
Suzanne Willard
May 9, 2007
I was shocked and very sad to hear Mr. Hampel passed away. I grew up with his younger son Matt and spent a lot of time with the Hampels, sometimes more then with my own family. Mr. Hampel was not only a great mentor and teacher but a man you helped shape my life and taught me what it ment to be a good man. This loss will be felt deeply by this community for some time to come. Mr. Hampel thank you for all you did for me.
Jim Sears
May 9, 2007
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a great man, teacher, father, husband and friend he was, he will be missed~
My heart goes out to you all~
Tawnya Anderson (Fernando)
May 9, 2007
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a wonderful man, teacher, father, husband, and friend he was to many. He will be missed greatly. My heart goes out to you all~
Tawnya Anderson (Fernando)
May 9, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. He was big influence on my son during the years at WestView. Wonderful man and teacher!
Jan Sears
May 9, 2007
Mal was a great man. He treated me like a son. I will always remember the great times I shared with him and his family. Thank you for everything "partner". You will be missed.
Scott Whipple
May 9, 2007
Thinking of you all and sending you my deepest sympathies. Let me know if you need anything.

Much love, Jen
Jen Willis
May 9, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you,Mr. Hampel was a great teacher.
Darci Hart
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