Dec. 7, 1949 - Sept. 28, 2017 A kind and loving father, brother, uncle and friend, Gary Wayne Harshman passed away peacefully on the 28th of September 2017, less than three months before he was to celebrate his 68th birthday. Gary was born on the 7th of December 1949 in Tacoma, Washington. He graduated Franklin Pierce High School in 1968 and then in 1973 earned Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Washington in Biological Oceanography and Marine Biology. After college, Gary worked as an ecologist and environmental consultant studying the impacts and risks associated with energy-related and other industrial development in Washington. Gary was also active in terrestrial and aquatic resource development and coastal resource planning throughout the Northwest, and was very active in the area of public involvement and citizen education with regard to environmental issues. He was particularly proud of his involvement in the development of public service announcements for Seattle/King County and the EPA, as well as interpretive programs, trail layout and display design for waterfront projects sponsored by Washington State, NOAA, the Port of Anacortes, and others. An exceedingly intelligent, humorous and true 'Renaissance man' with active interests in the arts, science, antiques and fine wines, Gary's humanity touched many, many hearts during his all too brief time with us, and we are confident that his wisdom, love and caring spirit will live on through them. We will miss him very much, but are consoled in the knowledge that he is now resting in God's loving arms. Gary leaves behind his three children, Andrew, Lana and Natalie; siblings, Joni and Dale; three nephews, Mathew, Daniel and Joshua; and many more who knew and loved him. A Memorial gathering will be held on the 12th of November, 2017 at Legion Hall, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett, WA 98201, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Published by The Herald (Everett) on Oct. 29, 2017.