Gary Harnett, Skagit Gardens’ production leader and a long-time member of the opration, passed away on July 30th. After a long battle with cancer, he died peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family.
Hartnett began his career at Skagit Gardens as a grower in September 1979 and quickly became operations manager. In this position, he served as a key member of the management team until his retirement in March 2011.
“Gary fought the battle with his illness in much the same way as he led his team: with courage, conviction and an engaging sense of humor,” the team at Skagit Gardens said in a press release. “We at Skagit Gardens feel privileged to have benfitted from his leadership, and know that memories of him and his gentle influence will continue forward.”
Memorials in Hartnett’s name can be made to Salem Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 2529 North LaVenture Rd., Mount Vernon, WA 98273 or Skagit Valley Regional Cancer Care Center Memorial Fund, 307 S. 13th St., Mount Vernon, WA 98273.
Cards or email expressions can be sent to Skagit Gardens, and will be passed along to his family:
Skagit Gardens, 3100 Old Highway 99 South, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.