Herbert Davis Alvord, Jr. (67) passed away on Monday October 8, 2018 in Spokane, Washington surrounded by friends and loved ones: Always, “In His Grip.”
Born in Yakima on February 20, 1951, he was the youngest of four children of Herbert Davis Alvord, Sr. and Waunita I. Harman. He attended Selah High School and A.C. Davis High School as well as Yakima Business School. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Michael Alvord and is survived by his two sisters Judy Graham and Patti Markley.
There were many adventures and many different paths. To him, it didn’t matter if you came to the family by marriage or by blood: It was all a part of God’s plan to be a part of his family and we were all blessed by it.
He married his first wife Patricia Gail Walters in 1975. Together they raised four children in Selah, Washington. They set an example by working hard and taking care of the people they loved, no matter what. As his kids grew, married and gave him grandchildren, more adventures came. He took as much pleasure in being the “Donut Man” as he did in taking an active role in the Selah Covenant Church and growing in his faith. In 2007 Herb founded Living Hope Baptist Church in Kittitas, Washington. By this time, he had four children: Scott (and Shannon) Apitz, Jennifer Apitz, Karlee Alvord and Rachel (and Roman) Bucholtz. From this motley bunch, he was blessed with grandchildren, great-grandchildren and those who were also taken into the fold: Ryan Maybee, Ariel Goodwin (Miley Fuerst, Jaxxon and Baylor Maybee), Sarah Apitz, Ashtyn Wright, Matthew Apitz, Michael Apitz, Brennan Apitz, Davis Apitz, Erin Alvord, Kurt Alvord, Calvin Bucholtz and Juliet Bucholtz.
With his second marriage to Glenda Platt in 2012, he was blessed with even more wonderful children and grandchildren: Liz (and Scott) Minaglia with Mason, Oliver and Calvin and Jeremy (and Heather) Platt with Daniel and Abby.
In 2014 Herb and Glenda moved to Germany where Herb served at Black Forest Academy as Fleet Manager, something he had done for years in the trucking industry. There they were recruited by Greater Europe Mission as shepherds for young missionary couples from Ireland to Bulgaria. While traveling the world and sharing his faith, he earned his BA in Religious Studies from Faith Evangelical College and Seminary in 2016. With these experiences, he was blessed with more international friends than he could ever have thought possible.
In 2017, he and Glenda returned to Washington where they split their time with family in Snohomish, Seattle and Spokane. He truly appreciated his friends at Christ Central Baptist Church who shared his joys and burdens as he valiantly fought lymphoma.
The family wishes to invite all to a memorial service on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Central Baptist Church, 19 West Shannon, Spokane, Washington 99205 followed by a light lunch. The invitation also extends to a gathering on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Nana Kate’s Catering, 432 East Goodlander, Selah, Washington 98942 for light coffee and pastry service and a graveside service 2:00 p.m. at West Hills Memorial Park at 11800 Douglas Road, Yakima, Washington 98908.