Stanley "Stan" Harmon, 1949
Volume 46, Number 2, Winter 2013 (1/11/13)
Stanley "Stan" Harmon, 1949
STANLEY “STAN” HARMON age 85, of Depoe Bay, Oregon, passed away at his home on September 7, 2012. Stan was born in Northwood, Iowa, to Elmer and Lena Marie (Berg) Harmon on April 16, 1927. He was the third of four children, an older brother Hadley, sister Neva and younger brother Kenneth. Both parents and his older brother Hadley, and son Thomas preceded him in death. In Northwood he attended elementary school and graduated from Northwood High School class of 1945. He was in band in school playing the French horn and proudly participating in the North Iowa Band Festival held each year in Mason City, Iowa. This event was the inspiration for "Music Man" composed by Meredith Willson a Mason City, Iowa, native. Stan attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and received his BS in Chemistry from the University of Washington in 1952. After teaching high school biology, chemistry A physics in Washougal, Wash., for a year he enter medical school at the University of Washington, graduating in June of 1957 as a member of the seventh class of the medical school. Internship in Denver, Colorado, followed by the beginning of his Naval career. He entered Flight Surgeon's training in 1958 and was assigned to Pautuxant River Naval Air Station, Md. This was followed by an assignment with a squadron at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Wash. Then came Orthopedic Residency at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center, Md., and Los Angeles, Calif., a tour in Vietnam with the 3rd Marines followed by nine and a half years at the Oakland Naval Regional Medical Center, Calif. Stan was in the private practice of orthopedics from September 1977 until mid 2005 in Los Gatos, Calif. In 1969 Stan and Bette (Woodruff) were married in Whittier, Calif., Stan's three children from his first marriage are Thomas David (deceased), Tamara Dale (Danny) Pena and Tara Dee (estranged). In 1996, Stan and Bette were granted permanent custody of Mariah, a granddaughter. She has been a source of strength through the time of his illness and passing. Stan was involved in several professional organizations and served on the Board of Directors of Santa Clara County Medical Association and as a delegate to annual California Medial Assoc. House of Delegates. Stan was blessed with a deep and abiding faith in his Lord and Savior, a loving family, a great nation, and a wonderful profession. His loving wife of 43+ years, his daughter & son-in-law, wonderful loving grandchildren, his sister Neva, and brother Kenneth survive him. A celebration of life service was held September 29, 2012, at the Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport with full military honors. Arrangements were entrusted to Bateman Funeral Home.