Harvie Loyd Choat
Nov 21, 1936 – Jan 18, 2018
Harvie, age 81, passed away Thursday January 18, 2018 at home after fighting ALS for 8 years.
He is survived by his wife Jackie, his sister Dolores, daughters Debby Sardeson and Kristi (Brad) Jacobson, grandkids Ashley, Kelsey, Aaron and Nathan, great grandkids Ariana and Isaiah, nieces and nephews, extended family and a host of friends.
Harvie was a lifelong resident of the Seattle area. He loved his home and never wanted to live anywhere else. He met the love of his life, Jackie, in 1954 in Columbia City and they were married in 1958. Together they worked, raised a family and made lifelong friendships with many.
Early on Harvie did what life said he couldn’t. He suffered from terrible motion sickness but he didn’t let that stop him from entering the Air Force, boating and jeep riding. Riding in the back seat of a car and carnival rides were another matter. Harvie was a non-swimmer, even after years of lessons from Jackie, but that didn’t stop him from enjoying trips with the Rockaway Clan, playing in the ocean with the kids.
After retiring from Xerox, Harvie adopted the motto “If you’ve accomplished one thing in a day, you’ve had a good day.” He loved retirement.
He was a homebody, yet enjoyed the trips he and Jackie took. They traveled for work and for pleasure with great friends throughout the states and abroad. He particularly enjoyed the trips the family took to Disney World and Hawaii. Traveling gave him many opportunities to hone his photography skills. He loved electronics and happily encouraged others to spend their money on said electronics.
Jackie, family and friends say he was extremely proud of this family and highly appreciative of his many friends. He had the neatest printing in the world. He had a wicked bowling spin that would pick up a 7-10 split and an awesome third base throwing arm. He loved his grandkids. Harvie was selfless and the first to offer help and would do so at the drop of a hat. He was transparent, principled, loyal, and generous and possessed a quiet (yet wicked) sense of humor.
Despite ALS limiting what he could do, he always welcomed people with a smile that lit up his face and theirs. He will always be the Mayor of Loveridge (sometimes called the Bermuda Triangle) and a proud recipient of the Presbyterian Woman (yes Woman) of the Year Award. The PW loved him.
Special thanks to the ALS teams at Seattle VA and Swedish Hospitals for their wonderful care and to the Paralyzed Veterans for their unparalleled support in all.
There will be no services at Harvie’s request. In lieu of flowers, Harvie can be honored by donations to the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter or Rainier Beach Presbyterian Church.
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