Benjamin Leon Charvet, 80,
of Sunnyside passed away Thursday, March 15, 2007, after a two-year battle with
lung cancer, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born April 18, 1926
in Mabton, to Benjamin Joseph and Marguerite Pauline (Baudier) Charvet. Ben
attended primary school in Kent, and graduated from Mt. Angel Seminary in Mt.
Angel, Ore., as the class valedictorian.
On June 16, 1948 he married
his childhood sweetheart, Mary Alice Garrison, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in
Ben was past president of
the U.S. Hop Growers of America, past president of the Washington State Hop
Growers Association, awarded Farmer of the Year in 1960, awarded the
International Order of the Hop in Brussels, Belgium in 1979, advisor to
Washington State Asparagus Association, and past president of the Yakima Valley
From 1959 until 1993, Ben
served as Yakima County Fire Commissioner for District 5 and chairman for 20
years. He was a very dedicated lifetime member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic
Church. He was building chairman of the present Blessed Sacrament Catholic
Church and Hall and was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He
was active in the Andy Creek Water Association, coaching Pee-Wee baseball and
being a Scout Master.
Ben enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting,
spending time at his cabin at Rimrock Lake and traveling to Arizona as
snowbirds for 15 years.
He is survived by his loving
wife of 58 years, Mary Alice Charvet of Sunnyside; three sons, Martin Charvet
and wife, Kathy, of Mattawa, David Charvet and wife, Kelley, and Robert Charvet
and wife, Lori, all of Grandview; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brother, Maurice Charvet; and two sisters, Madeline
Smith and Mary Theresa Garrison.
Ben was preceded in death by
his parents; one son, Benjie Charvet; and one sister, Lucille Smith.
Viewing and visitation will
be held Monday, March 19, 2007, from 3 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at
6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview. Mass of Christian Burial will be
held Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
in Grandview, with burial to follow at the Mabton Cemetery.
The Charvet family would
like to especially thank Dr. Von Stubbe, the nurses at the Northstar Lodge and
Lower Valley Hospice for their excellent care. Those wishing to honor his
memory may contribute to Lower Valley Hospice or American Cancer Society. Smith
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.