Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Marvin Harris Memorial
Marvin Harris Memorial

Marvin Harris

Marvin Harris

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Marvin Harris, age 64, passed away suddenly of a massive heart attack on October 12, 2019 while hunting in Sedro-Woolley.

Marvin was born on August 16, 1955 to Joy and Margaret Harris of Sedro-Woolley. He and his little brother Mark Harris grew up between Conway and Cochreham Island. Marvin was a 1973 Sedro-Woolley High graduate. From there he went to work in the sawmills, then planting trees up in the hills, and he was currently working in the refineries for over 20 years.

He was a man with a kind heart full of love and pride for his family. He enjoyed fishing, clam digging and hunting. You could always find him bbqing or around a fire with an open invitation. He touched many lives through his years.

Marvin was married to Carol Harris (Woody). They raised their 2 daughters between Rockport and Sedro-Woolley. After parting ways they shared the joy of 3 grandchildren. Marvin then met his longtime companion Eva Sandavol.

Marvin will be missed greatly by his surviving family members, Eva; daughters, Tracy Yorke (Wesley) and  Jessica Fitzgerald (Jake); step-daughter, Rose Neeter (John); granddaughters, Kiahna Fitzgerald and Rileigh Yorke, grandson, Brock Fitzgerald; parents, Joy and Margaret Harris; brother, Mark Harris (Valencia) and many extended family and friends.

A pot luck Celebration of Life will be held at Cascade Middle School in Sedro-Woolley on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 2:00pm-5:00pm.

Cremation arrangements are under direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.  Share memories of Marvin and sign the online guest register.


  • Bill and Peggy Hatley

    We are so shocked and very sad to read this about Marvin. Such a good, good, down to earth sweet-hearted guy. No matter how long between times we’d see him, we were always greeted and treated like long lost dear friends. He always had such great stories to tell about his latest hunting or camping adventures! We are so very sorry for everyone’s loss of such a wonderful Dad, Grampa, loving Partner, and dear friend. He will be sorely missed by so MANY people. It’s so sad that he is gone at such a young age with still so much life to live, but if he had to go, going out HUNTING–one of his favorite things to do on this earth!!-kind of takes a bit of the hurt away. He’s just gone on to a better hunting ground, and will be waiting for everyone with wide open arms!! RIP Marvin. Thank you for your genuine friendship. Bill and Peggy

  • Audrey Isham

    I love Marvin as a brother, he called me Sis, and when I was feeling down he always said Sis it’s going to be okay! God how I miss and love you Marvin! I am crying as I write this. You will be greatly missed by many Marvin! God always seems to take the very best! 😢😢😢😭😭😭😭

  • Tiffany (Lee) Norton

    Marvin was and will always be a member of my family. My first memory in this life is of him pushing me in a tire swing in the front yard in our old place in Hamilton. Almost every early childhood memory has him, Billy and my Dad up to no good.

    I love you Marvin! You will never be forgotten.

  • Linda Pollino

    The first time I met Marvin he patiently rigged my line (with his own gear) 3 times and with each cast I snagged up and lost it! Seeing how badly I wanted to catch a fish, he invited me to reel in fish he’d already hooked on his pole, then gave me his catch for my supper. The fire starters he made and gifted us have warmed many a wet, cold morning camping. He loved his family and always made me feel welcome and part of it. He always remembered to ask Joy Lee to give “Miss Linda” his best regards. He was a patient, generous, compassionate man. I will miss our time gathered around his fire pit, plates filled with delicious food, smiles, laughter and great conversation. May you Rest in Peace Dear Friend.

  • Patrick H. Dougherty

    Marv- Thank you for always being there when I needed a good laugh. Just as important though, you were also there when I was in need of a sincere and earnest confidant.

    I will never forget the time we spent together.

    Much Love,


  • Phyllis Roper

    So sorry for the loss to the Harris family. Marvin was a wonderful lover and caretaker of his family and a caretaker of the environment also. He will be sorely missed!

  • Bo Mason

    I Loved working with Marv and listening to all of his stories!
    He was a helluva guy, I’ll be raising a toast to him!
    Bo Mason

  • Charlie Bauer

    Bye Marvin, may you rest in peace my friend. I will enjoy your memories forever,. Don’t worry about Mike, he’ll be alright. You taught him well.

  • Mike and Kelly Mayville

    Marvin will be very missed and was such a good friend to us and our family.. Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of such a great man.

  • Tim Coto

    Marv was a great man. Always a good one to work with or to work for in the plants.
    He will be missed.

  • Sally cummings

    Marvin was a very good friend of my ex Wayne, everyone really liked him, he got along with everyone. I always liked to think of him as a ole hippy….no matter who you were He always tryed to make u feel comfortable. No matter where or who you were.him and his lady ava treated you as you were always welcome at their place.he loved fishing and hunting and his kids and grandkids. I didn’t see him alot but my grandson Journey Marvin price was named after him. So sorry to all his family and friends..god has him now and we will all meet him again someday..R.I.P Marvin you will be missed.

  • Ervin and Libby Bistodeau

    Our sincerest condolences to Marvin’s family, We didn’t know Marvin very well but always heard wonderful things about him. Our hearts go out to all of you. So sorry for the loss of your Dad, Grandpa and friend, Jessica, Jake, Kiahna and Brock. We love you very much.

  • Claudia Marlow

    Marvin, what can I say? The first time I met you I know you probably thought who is this crazy lady? I grabbed you and gave you a big hug to thank you for being so good to my son Jake. He adores you. All you did was stand there and grin and say its my pleasure. I will miss you so much and to thank you for being such a father figure to my son and being the person you were, you always showed me nothing but respect and love. I will always remember you.

  • Jim and Reva

    Marvin was a rare gem.He was the same sweet man everytime you seen him.Jim had a big place in his heart for him ,And his family.It has been a much better world with you in it,You will be missed .

  • Jerry Smith

    Marvin there are alot of stories I could share on here but some things are not meant to be shared. So Marv you were a hell of a man and I’ll always be proud to call you my friend you will be missed by many you had a way about you that would brighten up a room when you walked in. I love you brother RIP

  • Angel Price

    Marvin was the best (2nd grandpa) I could ask for.. I grew up with him being my grandpas bestfriend and always being there they were the closest of friends..he would take me and my grandpa Bruce to the best fishing spots and I would always make bets with him on who would catch the first fish.. guess who always got that dollar! Me and he would always say I cheated and that he deserves that dollar back ..he will be truly truly missed by me and my grandpa both.. I love you Marvin.. I’ll miss those bonfires 🙁
    ~ Angel

  • Rileigh Yorke

    Marvin was the best grandpa ever. He would take me fishing in any weather and clam digging in ocean shores. Anytime I wanted to go fishing as long as we could get to grandy lake or depression at baker lake then he would take me in the snow, rain, or sun. Not only did we share the love for fishing, clam digging, hunting and camping but we shared the love for pole climbing and chainsaws. I will always miss our exploring trips we has together. He will be forever loved and missed. Love you pops

    Middle grandchild Rileigh❤️

  • Jennifer Anderson

    Marvin was the best friend to my father for many many years. I couldn’t of asked for my dad to have a better friend than him. He is truly one of the most loyal men I know.He was a great guy all around. And everybody that knew him, loved him dearly. He was part of our family. And he will be forever missed.

  • Kathi Beatty

    I met Marvin on a job in 2002 in California. Having been a prior resident of Washington State (Bellingham) we hit it off. We spoke of outdoor likes such as clamming, fishing and the serenity. Our pathes crossed on several jobs and we’ve kept in touch over the years. I was elated to see him join Face Book and post his canning, fishing etc. He was a good man, rough around the edges with a heart of gold and pure genuine honesty. My significant other and I were planning a trip in 2020 to Washington and Marvin and Tracy were on the radar. I will miss his posts, there is an emptiness there already, and I cannot imagine a world without Marvin in it. There has been a Facebook post in the past about how you can have a friend but not see or speak to them in years, but they are always and forever your friend… that’s Marvin. Starvin Marvin.. (my nick for him). He is and always will be missed. Peace be with you Marvin and all of your family and friends.


  • Stephanie Litchfield

    Marvin you will so be missed. Such an amazing person you were and are. Love you and all the family.