Harter Passes Away At Age 63

Nov. 29, 2004

SAMMAMISH, Wash. - Grant Harter, a member of Oregon State's 1963 Final Four men's basketball team, died Nov. 19 in Sammamish, Wash., at age 63 after a battle with cancer.

Harter was born in Roseburg, Ore., on Dec. 17, 1940. He was an All-State selection at North Salem High School and went on to play for OSU under legendary coach Slats Gill. He was recently inducted into the school's Hall of Fame as a member of the Beavers' 1963 Final Four team, and he was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity before graduating in 1963 with a degree in Business Administration.

Harter moved to Seattle in 1968. He was employed as a sales representative for Crown Zellerbach Paper Company until 1986, when he started his own paper distribution company, Paper Express. During his lifetime, he volunteered as a youth basketball coach; was a member of the Bellevue and Redmond Chambers of Commerce; was a member of the Bellevue Club; and was president of the Board of Directors at Skills, Inc., a non-profit organization providing training and jobs for persons with disabilities.

Harter is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sally of Sammamish; a daughter, Emily of Everett; a son, Grant, Jr.. and daughter-in-law Alicia, of Seattle; his mother, Evelyn of Salem; and brothers Alan of Keizer and Jim of Monmouth. He is preceded in death by his father, Leland Ray Harter of Salem.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wed., Dec. 1, 2004 at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue, Wash.