passed away Friday, March 9, 2007, at the age
He was born March 20, 1924,
at the home of his parents, Harvey L. and
Mary Alice (
on his mother’s birthday. Maurice attended Holy Rosary School in
and graduated from Marquette High School of Yakima in
1942. While attending high school, he pitched for the baseball team which
ignited a love for sports he maintained his entire life.
He grew up on the family hop
ranch and continued hop farming in the
(Betty) Jo Lamb on Sept. 20, 1952. In
1957, he moved his family to Grandview, where he farmed until 1965. He
purchased a fruit orchard north of
Road in 1965, where he continued farming with the
help of his wife and children until retiring in 1974. They raised apples,
cherries and asparagus, as well as their six children on this farm.
He taught his family about
the importance of hard work and family unity when working toward a common goal,
both skills that have served them well. He lived in
until July 2005, when he and Betty moved to Spokane.
valued his family and never hesitated to
brag about their accomplishments. He was convinced that whatever they did or
had was the best. He also enjoyed sharing laughter, and always had a joke to
tell, sometimes a new one or often a
His gift of story telling has been passed on to his children making for fun and
often loud family gatherings.
You are with us Dad every
time we catch ourselves repeating a “classic.”
Thanks for your gifts of love and laughter.
He is survived by his wife
of 54 years, Betty
; his six children,
Brian (Kathy) of Kirkland, Randy (Alicia) of Albany, Ore., Alan of
Spokane, Dr. Bruce (Rebecca
) of Sammamish, Dr.
) of Spokane and Jean (John)
surviving are 17 grandchildren, Kristen (Jason),
Katie, Rachel, Amy, Michelle, Laura, Janelle,
Christopher, Matthew, Hunter,
and Aaron; and a
great-granddaughter, Addison Bay. He is also survived by a brother, Raymond and
his wife, Patricia, of Grandview; and his sister, Elise Cote and her husband,
Al, of Yakima; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by
his parents; and brothers, Elmer and Robert.
The family wishes to thank
the staff at Moran Vista Assisted Living and Horizon Hospice for
care and for supporting his family in the time of
his failing health.
A memorial service will be
held Friday, March 16, 2007, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in
. Lay Minister Joanne
will conduct the service.
In lieu of flowers, the
family would prefer memorials to be made to Horizon Hospice, 123 W. Cascade
Way, Suite E., Spokane WA, 99208, the United Methodist Memorial Fund in
, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
-Smith Funeral Home in Spokane is in charge of