Stark Hunter Harle was born December 2, 1993, in Houston, Texas to Bascom and Sally Harle. He arrived eight days late and via c-section… always on his own terms and on his own timeline. Stark was a 2012 graduate of Katy ISD’s Cinco Ranch High School and attended Texas Tech University where he earned a degree in advertising from the College of Media and Communications in May 2016, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, parents, aunt, uncle and godfather as a proud Red Raider. Stark is survived by his parents, Bascom and Sally Harle; grandparents, Mary Harle and Jeff Morris; Aunt Mary and Uncle James Harle; Aunt Beth and Uncle Phil Hosker; Cousins Mitch Harle and Rebecca Harle Carpenter (Adam); in addition to numerous great aunts, great uncles and cousins. Stark will be greatly missed by his longtime girlfriend and love of his life, Paige Tidwell along with their 4-legged companions Karra and Pepper. Stark is preceded in death by his Grandfather Wiley Harle, his Grandmother Sylvia Morris, Aunt Anne Elizabeth Harle, Aunt Tracey Ellen Morris and his beloved pets Jasper, Scarlet and Tiger.
Stark joined Cub Scouts in first grade at West Memorial Elementary, becoming one of the top popcorn sellers in his district two years in a row. In addition to trophies almost as tall as him, he earned a limo ride to an Astros game. During his Scouting years, his favorite activity was camping, be it short weekend trips, weeklong camping in West Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado or completing a Philmont trek and N.A.Y.L.E in New Mexico. Scouting fell in priority during high school due to academic pressures, marching band obligations, getting his driver’s license and first car ... and girls. He completed all his Eagle requirements the day before his 18th birthday, but he did it just as he had set out to do at 10 years old. Always on his own terms and always on his own timeline.
High school marching band and loading crew kept him busy throughout the fall with weekend football games spent playing the euphonium in the stands and on the field as a sports photographer. Spring took him through concert band performances and competitions with trips to Disney World, Dallas, Corpus Christi and San Antonio to perform at the Alamo Bowl. Stark’s passion for photography started at an early age when he received his first Fischer Price camera at three years old. This laid the groundwork for his four years as a staff member of his high school yearbook staff, designing and preparing page layouts and attending conferences in San Antonio, Austin and Washington D.C. Always with his Nikon around his neck. Summers were spent at scout camp, band camp at Texas Tech and even a 16 day/7 country tour through Europe playing concerts with 100 other Southeast Texas high school musicians as a member of Star of Texas Music Ambassadors.
His saving grace was Young Life. What started his freshman year of high school carried him all the way through his senior year in college as an Adult Leader for Coronado High School in Lubbock. He forged a relationship with God during the weeks he spent at Frontier Ranch and Wilderness Ranch. Stark began his college career with enough hours to graduate a semester early but delayed it so he could be there for his YL kids when they graduated. Always on his own terms and always on his own timeline.
After graduation, Stark stayed in Lubbock and began his career in the adult beverage industry at Texas Custom Wine Works where he learned the ins and outs of the wine blending business before moving back to Katy in 2017 to explore the craft beer industry. His love of a good brew took him through stints at Buffalo Bayou Brewing, Braham Winery & Brewery, Silver Eagle Distributing, Back Pew Brewing, Lone Pint Brewery and most recently Republic National Distributing Company. Along the way he built friendships and kinships, usually over a pint or craft cocktail at one of his favorite haunts.
Stark went to be with the Lord on November 9, 2021. On his own terms and on his own timeline.
He was a son, grandson, nephew, cousin, loyal friend and an amazing Instagram boyfriend. We will miss him greatly.
A service Celebrating the Life of Stark will be held on Monday, November 22nd, 2021 2:00 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 10221 Ella Lee Ln, Houston, TX 77042. Visitation with the family to follow in Massey Tucker Hall.
For those unable to join the in-person service, Grace Presbyterian has set up a link to a Facebook Live stream.
In remembrance of Stark, those wishing to make donations may do so to the charity of your choice or one of these suggestions:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Citizens for Animal Protection
Houston Pets Alive