Gene Mertz, 93, of Spokane Valley passed away on June 18, 2021.
Gene was born on November 16, 1927 in the San Gabriel Valley, CA. He served in the US Navy and was a WWII Veteran. In 1988, he moved to Spokane Valley and accepted a position as a mechanical engineer at Hewlett-Packard where he worked until he retired in 1994.
Gene married Elaine in 1966 and they had one child together, Mark. Gene was a wonderful husband, father, granddad, and great granddad. He was involved in Amateur Radio Emergency Service, ARES, and helped with Bloomsday and other events. His call sign was KE7HHL.
Gene enjoyed boating, duck hunting, fishing, and amateur radio, otherwise called Ham Radio. He was involved in digital recording devices that were involved in the space shuttle program. His family and friends will always remember him as an intelligent, kind, and generous person.
Gene is survived by his wife Elaine; his grandsons: Scott and wife Elena, Jason and wife Fern, and Tim and wife Stephanie; his great grandchildren Vincent, Luciana, Miles, Cecilia and Casey. He is preceded in death by his son, Mark.
A funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 pm on July 23rd at Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gene's life.
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Published by Spokesman-Review on Jul. 18, 2021.