Harold and Joyce Kirkpatrick

Book Cover: Harold and Joyce Kirkpatrick

Harold Kirkpatrick, 33, and his cousin Joyce Kirkpatrick, 33, were near their camp on a hill northwest of Elk Rock, 12 miles west of Mount St. Helens, when the volcano erupted. Joyce was a supervisor at an egg processing plant and Harold was a pipefitter from Newberg, Oregon. Joyce was divorced and would often take her two sons and daughter on weekend outings to the northwest side of Mount St. Helens, but her children could not make the trip that weekend. Both of the Kirkpatricks died of ash asphyxiation.