VANCOUVER — Elbert LeVernon Hazen, 91, passed away quietly Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Vancouver, Washington. Caring family, friends and health workers sat with him often during his last week of life.
Olga (Johnson) Hazen, his wife of 68 years preceded him in death in August 2015. Together they shared an active life in a home filled with laughter and joy at many family gatherings. They are survived by all eight children, 20 grandchildren, 26 great and great-great-grandchildren.
Elbert, born January 29, 1925, was one of nine children of Delbert and Marie (Clark) Hazen of Fargher Lake. At an early age, Elbert helped with farm chores. He and his brothers walked to the Fargher Lake School. Later Elbert milked cows for nearby farms. When the Proctor farm sold, Elbert continued milking cows for the new owners who had 4 daughters, one of whom was Olga.
At 19, Elbert worked in the sawmill of Bob McClellan. He went on to work as a sawyer at Schumacher’s mill in Woodland. By the late 1950s, Elbert and Olga along with their young family, had their farm on Peart Rd up and running. Laying hens, beef cattle and sheep were the core of the farm. Elbert also helped with the big family garden, preserving what they grew, hunted and fished.
In 1972, the family moved to Long Beach, Washington, a favorite vacation spot in earlier years. They operated the bowling alley in Ilwaco until retirement. But he and Olga never really seemed to retire. They continued hunting, clamming, fishing, and gardening into their late ‘80s. They traveled the western U.S. and Alaska with their RV, often on fishing and hunting trips. They scouted elk and deer locally, picked wild huckleberries near Mount Adams, camped and fished at Lake Sidley near Molson, and enjoyed beautiful views in Yellowstone.
Graveside services will be in June at Mountain View Cemetery near Hazen Chapel. It was Elbert and Olga’s wish to be buried at the same time.
In November a ceremony honoring Elbert and Olga will be held at the completion of the Healing Garden at Legacy Salmon Creek where a tile to honor Elbert and Olga will be placed. Mail contributions to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center Foundation 2211 NE 139th Street Vancouver WA 98686, attention Shirley Gross. Reference contribution “In honor of Elbert & Olga Hazen, Salmon Creek Therapeutic Gardens” or contact through website: https://goo.gl/4FkNUy.