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 www.hawthornefh.com.
Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald on May 9, 2007.