Timothy Joseph Harkins

October 20, 1947April 14, 2020

HARKINS, Timothy Joseph 1947-2020 Timothy Joseph Harkins, beloved husband, father and brother, and a longtime resident of Spokane, passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at the age of 72. Born on Oct. 20, 1947 in Tacoma, Tim was the second of eight children to Joseph and Margaret Harkins. He would graduate from Bellarmine Prep High School, where he was a talented athlete who competed in football, basketball and baseball. He went on to attend Gonzaga University. That's where he met Patricia Fouts, whom he married on May 31, 1969 at St. Aloysius Church, shortly after graduating with a business degree. He later attended Gonzaga Law School and passed the bar in 1977, eventually opening a private practice focused primarily on family law. His business was fully active up until his passing. Tim was known for his playful wit and easy-going humor, his jokes always coming with a twinkle in his eye and never cutting deep. And while he always claimed to be shy, his ability to relate to people of all backgrounds served him well, not only in growing a successful law practice, but also in building a network of loyal, loving friends and family members. It didn't matter where in the world he was, Tim was likely to run into someone he knew, and if not, he would frequently make new friends on the spot. Tim was also known for his generosity, dependability and humility, always there to help family and friends. This trait extended beyond those close to him. He would often accept bartering agreements from clients who didn't have the means to pay for his services, a practice that sometimes led to surprises, such as the time an old camper suddenly appeared in the family driveway. Tim never drew attention to these acts of generosity, he simply saw it as his duty to help people. Tim was also a huge sports fan, especially as a lover and supporter of Gonzaga basketball. He was a season ticket holder for more than thirty years and was thrilled to educate his children on the skills of John Stockton, the McPhee brothers, Jeff Brown and countless others who drove the program's success. Whenever he filled out his NCAA Tournament bracket, he'd always pick Gonzaga to come out on top, even long before it was cool to do so. Tim was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Margaret Harkins, and nephew Dominic Fouts. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia Fouts Harkins; sons Bob Harkins (Michelle) of Los Angeles and Paul Harkins (Meaghan) of North Haven, Connecticut; daughters Allison Lauritson (Adam) of Phoenix, Katie Hancock (Jesse) of Portland, Ore., and Bridget Porter of Bellingham; grandchildren Cenendra Hancock, Ollie Hancock, Teagan Harkins, Jordan Harkins, Lucy Porter, Charlie Lauritson, Anne Lauritson, Addie Harkins and Conor Harkins; sisters Kathleen Keeney, Mary Zavaglia, Cecilia Shumate, and Shannon Greenburg; brothers Vern Harkins, Joe Harkins and Kelly Harkins; 38 nieces and nephews. A celebration of Tim's life will be held at 10:30am on October 16, 2021 at St. Peter Catholic Church, 3520 E. 18th Ave., Spokane, WA 99223. To share your memories of Tim, leave condolences for his family, or view service information, visit In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Dominic Fouts Memorial Cancer Fund (, which supports those fighting cancer.


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Ezra Glanzer

June 28, 2021

Tim was a great lawyer who set a superb example for those of us with less wisdom and experience. He was respectful in court, while being a strong advocate for his client. I miss seeing him at the courthouse and having a small chat about what's going on. He took the time to do that. I'm grateful for his mentorship, friendship, and sense of humor. I'm a better person for having known Tim.

Tom West

April 27, 2021

There are some people in life you are always happy to see, no matter how long it’s been since the last time. They always bring a smile to your face and prompt an instant recollection of times past and pleasant memories of those bball games on the asphalt court next to the church at St Pats or those at Bellarmine. The St Pats games were a little rougher, but a lot more fun. Tim’s dad coached some of my sports teams, and I remember saying a bad word like “crap” or “darn” and the next thing I knew I was sitting on the bench with Tim next to me laughing. Even in grade school, he was wise and perceptive beyond his years. Our contacts were limited to the annual Bellarmine bball tournament, and perhaps some chance meetings over the years, including a few in Spokane, and I can still see that wonderful smile especially when he reminded me of the times he made me look silly on the court. We are long past those days, and I am happy to see from the above comments that Tim hadn’t changed. He just expanded. Love is like that.

Jim Woodard

April 14, 2021

During the many years I practiced law with Tim, he was unfailingly professional, humorous, straightforward and a joy to work with. Deadpan humor was his strong suit. I always looked forward to working with him or just running into him at the courthouse. My condolences to his family.

Rosemarie & Stephen Schmidt

May 8, 2020

To Tim's Family:
Steve and I met Tim when we decided to have our will made, at the beginning of this year. We were surprised to learn how similar our families were: five children, married in 1968-69, my age and birthday (October, 1947), his encouragement to me to have my left knee surgery (he had both knees repaired and his discussion of this situation was so helpful!!), and his involvement in sports activities. We talked about the books we were reading, and the movies we enjoyed. We even discussed our will. Tim was enlightening and very helpful with the last subject.
We were blessed to meet such a positive person (and a lawyer, too!).

patty severud

May 2, 2020

Although I never had the pleasure of meeting my hero, Mr Harkins, over the years as a social worker, I have sent many clients and friends to him for advice. I knew of his fairness, compassion, dedication, generosity and kindness. Everyone admired him and was grateful for his service.
I am so very sorry I missed meeting him. The world has lost a fine man. My greatest sympathy to his family and friends.

Brian Cloherty

May 2, 2020

My sincerest condolences to the Harkins family. Remembering Tim from his teenage years as a really good person. RIP Tim.


John Barline

April 26, 2020

I met Tim in the first grade (or maybe It was kindergarten) at St Pat’s and we continued on as classmates through Bellarmine - class of ‘65. Tim was a great friend, honest and true, humble yet very witty, and lots of fun ( and a pretty darn good QB too!).
Tim, you will always be remembered with a smile,
Rest In Peace and May the Lord be with you.
John B

Paddy Inman

April 23, 2020

Dear Patti, Bob, Paul, Allison, Katie, Bridget, Kathy, Vern and Families,
In my mind, Tim was a mainstay of life in Spokane just as he was when we were growing up in Tacoma, so I was very shocked and saddened to see his obituary in the paper. We followed similar paths, St. Pat's, Bellarmne Prep, Gonzaga University, and then marriage, family, and settling in Spokane. I remember hours playing basketball on the asphalt court at St. Pat's--actually that translates as Tim playing basketball and me bouncing a ball on the asphalt totally envying his athletic ability. Although we didn't maintain contact in Spokane, whenever we did happen to see each other he was his usual affable, warm, and energetic self, eager to catch up on old times and recognize a bond stretching back into the fifties that didn't require constant contact to be validated. He was truly the person described in his obituary, and that is his legacy to you. You are in my heart and on my mind as you grieve his loss. I pray fond memories sustain you in the time to come as you adjust to life without him. Sincerely, Paddy Inman

Connie Walker

April 23, 2020

Patty, I remember good times with you and Tim when you were in Ham on Regal, and I remember what a great sense of humor Tim had! I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to you and the rest of your family! I lost my husband, Bob, several months ago,
and so I truly understand the challenge of adjusting to a new way of life.
Take care!

John Parks

April 22, 2020

I had the pleasure of knowing Tim for the last 25 years. In addition to being the consummate professional, he had a great sense of humor. His quick-wit and dry humor would always leave me laughing. Tim always made time to tell a great story. I particularly remember him recounting a trip he and his wife made to Ireland. He was amazed by the beauty and history of the Island. Please accept my condolences for your family’s loss. I will miss him.