Mark Allen Harrison

Mark Allen Harrison, 58, Snohomish, Washington, died suddenly Friday, Jan. 18., at his home outside Snohomish. 

A memorial gathering is planned from 3 to 6 p.m., Feb. 23 at Legion Hall in Everett, Washington.

Mark Harrison was born June 25, 1960, to Bruce A. Harrison and T. Jean Harrison in Iowa City, Iowa. After graduating from Luverne High School in 1978, he first attended St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, and then the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, where he graduated in 1984. In that same year, Mark won the prestigious Hearst journalism award for photography.

His parents were the publisher and editor of the Rock County Star Herald. Mark’s experience as part of a newspaper family fostered his passion for photojournalism. While working for his family’s newspaper as a photographer, me met his high school sweetheart and future wife, Brenda Mann, and they married Aug. 16, 1980.

The Herald in Everett offered Mark a job as staff photographer in 1984, which brought him to the Pacific Northwest. In 1986 he was hired by the Seattle Times, where he worked as a photojournalist until he retired in 2015. During his long career, Mark was known best for his sports and nature photography and his ability to tell poignant stories through his images.

Mark was also passionate about fishing the waters of the Pacific Northwest and sharing what he caught with family and friends.

Mark is survived by his wife, Brenda Mann Harrison, Snohomish; daughters, Elizabeth Harrison DeVivi (Ian), Charlotte, North Carolina, and Leah (Tom) Naccarato, Federal Way, Washington; granddaughter, Eleanor Naccarato; sister Diane Harrison Ogawa (Greg), Albuquerque, New Mexico and nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly.

Memorials may be made to the Mark Allen Harrison Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Snohomish County, 2823 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, WA 98201.

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