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Howard Spencer "Spence" Mahoney

September 4, 1940 ~ May 14, 2018 (age 77)

Howard Spencer Mahoney “Spencer” passed away on May 14, 2018 in Des Moines WA peacefully with family at his side. He was 77.

Spencer was born on September 4, 1940 in Spokane WA to his parents, Howard and Sadie Mahoney. He was their only child.  His parents considered him a gift. His mother Sadie had extreme complications during pregnancy and his birth was nothing short of miraculous.

Spencer grew up in Spokane until the age of 12.  His family moved to Ione, WA and purchased a store and gas station outside of town and renamed it Howard’s Airport Service.  Spencer enjoyed the small town and had life long friendships with many of Ione’s residents.  He worked at the local sawmill. He attended Central Washington University where he met his wife of 40 years, Sandee.

Moving back to Ione, Spence and Sandee gave birth to their first son Matthew Mahoney.  Seeking opportunities for his family, Spencer moved his family to the west side of the state and worked 3 jobs to earn enough money to support his new family and eventually purchase a home in Puyallup. Mark Mahoney soon arrived completing his family.

Spencer took a position with Gibson Greeting Cards Company and thru dedication and hard work launched a successful sales career, which would include: The Drawing Board Greeting Card Compny, Playtex, and eventually Max Factor Cosmetics.  At the peak of his career, Spencer held the position of Vice President in charge of Sales.  After the company was sold, Spencer launched Evergreen Sales which he ran until his retirement.  Finding retirement, a little slow, Spencer was offered an opportunity to drive a school bus for the Peninsula School District and began a nearly 13-year career with perfect attendance.

Spencer was at his best serving others.  He was a caring father, who worked hard to provide for his family.  Like all of us, Spencer had his struggles in life but near his completion of that journey, overcame many of those trying times and found new peace.  He enjoyed the company of his neighbors and friends wherever he lived.

Spencer is survived by his two sons, Matt and Mark Mahoney, daughters-in-laws, Beverly and Rebecca and four grandchildren, Miranda, Ashley, Spencer and McKenna Mahoney.

Spencer will have two services to celebrate his life:

Gig Harbor, June 2 or 3. Details to follow.

Spokane - A graveside service is planned for June 9th at the West Greenwood Cemetery where his parents are buried. Details will follow.

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