Harold Price | Obituaries | Union-Bulletin

May 11, 1934
June 24, 2022

Harold Vance Price “Vance” passed away peacefully Friday, June 24 at Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla, surrounded by his family.
Vance was born to Harold W. Price and Verna Melvina (Hurst) Price of Waitsburg on May 11, 1934.
Vance grew up on the family farm in Waitsburg, along with his sister, Donna, and his uncle, Lyman “Ike” Hurst, who had a big impact on his life. He graduated from Waitsburg High School in 1952 and attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg for two years. He then enlisted in the army in April 1954 and received a medical discharge in August 1954. In July 1955 he married Joann Carol Carson of Dayton. They had three children.
Meanwhile, Vance and Joann moved to Seattle, Washington, where Vance was employed by Boeing and their first daughter, Berneice, was born. The family moved back to Waitsburg to live where their son, Steven, and another daughter, Leslie, were born. In order for Vance to pursue an education as a photographer, the family moved to Santa Barbara, California, where Vance attended the Brooks Institute of Photography.
Her career in photography took the family to various locations around the country, including Missoula, Montana, Defiance, Ohio and Beaverton, Oregon. His last job was with the “Oregonian” newspaper of Portland, Oregon as head of the photo lab. He instilled a love of the outdoors in his children through the various hiking, camping, and canoeing the family undertook together. While living in Oregon, Vance and Joann divorced.
In 2001, Vance left Oregon and returned to live in the town of Waitsburg. There he met and married Judy (Smith) Price of Dayton. In December 2009, he and Judy married and continued to live in Waitsburg.
He enjoyed working on his 1987 Ford van which he had converted for camping and equipped with all kinds of gadgets. He was able to take many trips in his van, including traveling to Alaska, the East Coast to see the fall colors, and a trip on the back roads of Oregon. He was an avid photographer, taking many wonderful photos on each trip. He was an active member of the Walla Walla Photo Club and enjoyed taking and printing panoramic photos. He has won several awards for his photographs. He also ran for mayor of Waitsburg in 2005.
Vance was a member of the Dayton United Brethren Church and was active as long as his health permitted. He had a growing relationship with his Savior and a close relationship with his pastor, Greg Brownell.
As Vance and Judy grew older, they were greatly helped by Judy’s daughter, Catherine Ann Smith. She helped with cooking, shopping and “doctoring”. His help greatly benefited Vance’s well-being.
Vance was predeceased by his mother and father; and his sister, Donna Luverne (Price) Keeney. Survivors include his wife, Judy Price; his children: Berneice Joann (Price) Koelbl of Cut Bank, Montana, Steven Vance Price of Welches, Oregon, and Leslie (Price) Boettcher of Beaverton, Oregon; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at Waitsburg Cemetery on Tuesday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. It will be followed by a lunch reception at the United Brethren Church in Dayton at approximately 12:00 p.m.
Donations can be made in Vance’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Friends and family can share memories and sign Vance’s online guestbook at .

Published on July 7, 2022