Charles Andrew Karavitis, “Charlie” to his friends and family, passed away Friday, February 5th at age 65 at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Washington after suffering a heart attack.
Charlie was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Dr. Andrew Lee & Margie Karavitis. He was a happy, uninhibited little kid who loved the outdoors from a young age, and grew to spend his life hunting, fishing, skiing, and boating all over the United States with his older brother Lee and countless friends throughout the years. After graduating from Lewis & Clark High School (’73) Charlie attended Eastern Washington University to earn a degree in Radio & Television (’77). Charlie had many interests which led him to many careers over his life, becoming a police officer on the Medical Lake Police Force from 1980 to 1985; later a security supervisor at Deaconess Medical Center; several retail management positions; and most recently and until his retirement, as the Grooming Supervisor at Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park. Whatever Charlie did, he loved new challenges, active work, and anything that meant he could connect with people on a daily basis. He used to love to call himself a “complex simpleton” and would explain to his children that he came up with that to reflect the high value he placed on simple pleasures like watching ducks settle onto the marsh of the family farm outside of Medical Lake, or the soft slope of a well-groomed ski run, but simultaneously lived for deep conversation with his loved ones and dreaming up creative projects in his woodshop. He was a joyous man of iron character who was loved by his family, his friends, and every hunting dog that ever darkened his doorstep.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Trish Karavitis; two children, Laura Karavitis (Tony), and Matthew Karavitis; his brothers George S. Karavitis (Melody) and Lee Karavitis (Susan); and his sister, Marianne Moore (David). Charlie also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and great-nephews whom he loved to host on the family farm in many outdoor adventures and backyard barbecues.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, family and friends gathered to remember Charlie in a virtual celebration held February 14th, 2021.
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