About Gene Harder

About Gene Harder

Gene Harder was born March 20, 1942, in Twin Falls, Idaho. He graduated from Jerome, Idaho High School. He then attended the University of Idaho where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Business with a major in accounting. While attending University of Idaho, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, National President of Intercollegiate Knights (sophomore men's honorary), Vice President of the Junior Class, a member of Blue Key (national senior men's honorary), a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, and was selected as one of the University's Top Ten Graduating Seniors in the class of 1964.

In 1973, Gene went to work for the accounting firm of McFarland and Alton, now Moss Adams, where he served as a Senior Partner for many years until his retirement in December 2000. After retirement Gene continued to works as a Certified Public Accountant and Adviser in the areas of Strategic and Succession Planning.

He served as a Lilac Director for the Spokane Lilac Festival and was proud of the fact that his son designed the 2004 Lilac pin. He was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church building committee and instrumental in the development of the Spokane Youth Sporting Clays Foundation.

Gene Harder worked hard and played hard. He enjoyed life, his many friends, world travel, cruises, and good wine. Some have said he was the funniest man they ever knew. His favorite saying was, "if you can laugh at yourself, you'll never cease to be amused." He was witty, sharp, and had a great sense of humor. He would often take the opposite viewpoint for the sake of discussion. On the back of some of his business cards was the saying, "in God we trust, all others we audit." He was a teacher and often gave people business advice on his own time. Many people have reported they would not be in business had it not been for his help.

His fellow ABC members unanimously voted to create the Gene Harder Memorial Scholarship as a way of honoring his memory. This scholarship awards $2,500 to one deserving student each year that is working to improve him/herself and the community. The IPC-ABC members donated over $24,000 to fund this scholarship.

After graduating from the University of Idaho, Gene worked for the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse in Seattle, Washington. On July 16, 1966, he married Bette Vickerman of Spokane. In 1967, they moved to Boise, Idaho where he served as the Budget Analyst for the State of Idaho under the administration of Governor Don Samuelson. After serving as the Budget Analyst for the State of Idaho, Gene accepted a job as Controller of Clare Pendar, a division of General Instrument Company.

Gene was an active participant in the Spokane community and was a Lifetime Member of the Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. He was a member of their Beam Club, served  as their Finance Chair, and was selected to receive the Bo Engstrom Award for Excellence through enthusiasm, initiative, integrity, and outstanding service. He began the February Clay Shoot tradition the Chapter still enjoys. ABC was a very important part of Gene's life. He formed many long-lasting and valued friendships through the organization.

Gene was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Washington and Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants. He mentored many young and aspiring accountant, including three in his own family.

After a short battle with cancer, Gene passed away on July 28, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 40 years and his son, Chad Harder of Portland, Oregon.