In Loving Memory Harold Macomber: 1938-2023 


Marvin Harold Macomber passed away quietly Jan. 11, 2023, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, in the presence of his wife and children. 

Harold was born March 4, 1938, to Arthur and Edna Macomber, and grew up on a farm 30 minutes outside of Chehalis, Washington. While attending Chehalis High School, where he was a defensive back on the football team, he met his future bride of 64 years at a Centralia versus Chehalis baseball game. 

After graduating in 1956, Harold went to work for Weyerhaeuser, but soon followed his passion for cars to become a mechanic at Warren Bros. Chevrolet, which became Campbell Chevrolet. In the mid 1970s, he moved to the WIDCO steam plant, from where he retired in 2000. 

Harold and Barbara Jean Blosl were married Aug. 2, 1958, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centralia. Children Tammy, Brian and Brad followed. A doting father, Harold coached his boys’ Pee Wee baseball team in 1967 to 1969, and watched Brian and Brad play football, basketball and baseball at Centralia High School, where Tammy was a cheerleader. 

Harold’s hobbies were drag racing, hunting, fishing, working with wood, working on cars and following sports. Upon retiring from the steam plant, Harold and Barbara moved to Olympia, where they joined St. Michael’s Parish. He and Barbara attended the Mariners spring training for more than 10 years, beginning in 2000. 

In retirement, Harold gardened and continued working in his shop, which was divided into a wood side and a car side. Harold and Barbara watched every Mariners game on TV. They also followed Gonzaga basketball, Husky football and the Seattle Seahawks. 

In later years, Harold and Barbara had daily dates sharing a “blast” from Baskin-Robbins at the park next to Budd Inlet and “wine time” several times a week in the afternoon with granddaughter Sienna. 

Harold is survived by his wife Barbara; daughter Tammy (and David) Corning (Olympia); sons Brian Macomber (Fort Worth, Texas) and Brad (and Cara) Macomber (Templeton, California); and grandchildren Hayli Macomber (Templeton, California), Spencer Macomber (Templeton, California), Hannah (and Corbin) Meikle (Joelton, Tennessee) and Sienna Snell (Olympia). 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Howard and sister Edith. 

Although, beginning with his ’56 Corvette, Harold only owned Chevrolets, ironically his all-time favorite vehicle was a ’33 Ford pickup (with a Chevrolet motor). 

A service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21 at Sticklins Funeral Chapel, 1437 S. Gold St., Centralia.