Tim G. Harasti
July 28, 1953 — December 12, 2019
Timothy “Tim” George Harasti, 66, of Oak Harbor, Wash., passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 12, 2019 at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.
Tim was born in Streator, Ill., to George and Betty Harasti July 28, 1953. He graduated high school in 1971 and married Cheryl Harrison in Las Vegas, Nev. on June 28, 1975.
In the United States Navy, Tim worked as a steel worker in the Seabees and retired at NAS Whidbey Island in 2002 as a Chief Petty Officer.
As a veteran of both Vietnam and the Gulf War, Tim was awarded two National Defense Medals, awards for Expert Pistol Shot and Expert Rifle Shot, five awards for Good Conduct, two Sea Service Deployment Ribbon awards, one Navy “E” Ribbon, one Navy Achievement Medal, one Humanitarian Service Medal, and four Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbons.
He was involved in a skeet shooting club while stationed in Adak, Alaska and Whidbey Youth softball and baseball leagues. Tim loved being a coach, a hunter and fisherman, building in construction, and traveling with his wife and his dogs. He would give the shirt off his back to help anyone in need and never expected anything in return. He had great pride in pinning his eldest daughter, Danielle, every time she moved up rank in the Navy.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Harasti; oldest daughter, Danielle Saunders (Beau Bercegeay); daughter, Amber (Shawn) Camp; son, Tim (Tanya) Harasti; his mother, Betty Harasti; and sister, Kim Flynn; as well as 10 grandchildren and one great- granddaughter.
Preceding Tim in death are his father, George Joseph Harasti, Dec. 13, 2002; his son-in-law, Thomas Arthur Vaughan Saunders, March 10, 2015; and his brother, Kevin Michael Harasti, Dec. 14, 2019.
The Harasti family suggests memorials in Tim’s memory may be donated to any Seabee Museum online, or by post; or to the Seabee Scholarship Association online at: www.seabee.org.
The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all who have expressed condolences and prayers for our family.
A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2020 in Lake Tahoe, Nev., for Tim and his brother, Kevin.
Arrangements were entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, Wash. Please visit Tim’s page in our Book of Memories online at www.wallinfuneralhome.com to share memories and leave condolences.