Gordon Harris Stavig

December 16, 1930February 20, 2018
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Gordon H. Stavig was born on December 16, 1930 in Sisseton, South Dakota. He was the middle child of Arthur and Berniece Stavig. During the Depression Era, the Stavig family moved to Seattle, WA, eventually settling in the Lake City area, just northeast of downtown. Gordon attended Lincoln High School then joined the US Navy. He proudly served in the Korean War. Gordon returned to Seattle after his service and with help from the G.I. Bill, he graduated from the University of Washington with all ‘A’s and just two ‘B’s. He was named Phi Beta Kappa in the UW Business School in both his Junior and Senior years, earning very high honors and his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. After graduation, Gordon worked for Price Waterhouse, where he earned his CPA certification. The healthcare field intrigued Gordon, and he became CFO at Virginia Mason Medical Center. He was there until 1969, when he started his own healthcare company, Medical Reimbursement Advisors (MRA). MRA assisted hospitals throughout the United States in navigating Medicare and Medicaid payment issues. From a very modest beginning, Gordon built MRA into a highly successful company, with 8 regional offices and approximately 100 employees. A true pioneer in the healthcare consulting industry, Gordon’s foresight, intelligence, and persistence were so admired in his field, that many considered him a “legend”. In 1980, Gordon married his true soulmate, Joan Stavig. For 37+ years, Gordon and Joan shared a truly special and incredibly happy life together. In 2010, Gordon was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (a blood cancer). For 8 years, he battled the cancer bravely. Equally courageous in the fight was his wife, Joan. Untiring in her efforts, Joan gave Gordon the very best care possible as they faced his illness together. Joan’s undying love, persistence with doctors, her unwavering support, and her tender care are the reasons Gordon smiled and thrived despite the disease. Gordon truly enjoyed his life. He loved his family and friends so purely, and he had a big heart. Gordon’s warm personality, sense of humor, generosity and, most importantly, his kindness will be remembered by all. He enjoyed each day with his friends and family and especially with his true love by his side until the very end. Gordon is survived by his loving wife, Joan and three children, Art (& Annette) Stavig, Tracy (& David) King, and Steve (& Martha) Stavig. He has six grandchildren (Meghan, Kirsten, Andrea, Arthur Jr, Katy & Kristy) and two step grandchildren (Haylee and Trey). Gordon was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Darrell Stavig, and sister, Linda Mortland. Funeral services will be on Friday, March 2nd at 2 pm at Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 14951 Bothell Way NE, Seattle, WA 98155.


  • Funeral Service Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Reception Friday, March 2, 2018

Gordon Harris Stavig

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Harika Piccone

February 28, 2018

Dear Joan:

Harika and I were saddened hear of Gordon's passing. We always looked forward to being with him and enjoying his sunny disposition and sense of humor. We will remember him as a warm, caring and generous gentleman.

Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Love, Ernie and Harika

Kelly Baker-Yalowicki

February 26, 2018

Joan, Art, Tracy & Stevie,

"What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why Gordon left this earth so soon, or why he left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that he passed, but that Gordon really knew how to live and that his life gave us memories too beautiful to ever forget"
Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends and family for strength, and always remember how much you are loved.

Hugs to you all, Al, Kelly, Keanna & Keaton Yalowicki

February 26, 2018

Gordon (and John Peschek) hired me to work at Medical Reimbursement Advisors in 1972 for which I remain eternally grateful. It launched a 45 year career in healthcare that was my professional passion. He was also instrumental in getting me active in the Healthcare Financial Management Assocation as he served as President of the Washington Chaper. He was a wonderful mentor.

Kim Martini

February 25, 2018

He must have been a truly remarkable person for his personality is reflected in his daughter Tracy whom I have the honor of working with.

Don Ford

February 25, 2018

Gordon's classmates from Lincoln High School, Seattle extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of our friend and classmate. Always ...

February 24, 2018

We are so very saddened by the passing of our wonderful friend Gordon. He was truly a special gentleman who was always kind and caring. He set an example by living life to the fullest and will be greatly missed by all. Our condolences to Joan and the entire family. We are truly sorry for your loss and can't imagine how painful it is for you. Our love and support will always be here for you.
Jerry and Shaika