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David Deane Harmon

November 26, 1950 — October 28, 2021

David Deane Harmon

David Deane Harmon left this world on October 28, 2021 due to Kidney Cancer. Born November 26, 1950 to Deane Haynes Harmon and Bonnie Lee Scherer, in Salt Lake City, Utah at the old Holy Cross Hospital off 4nd West and 8th North.

Dave and Olive Kay Ryver met at the S & M Skating Rink in 1968. They were married on November  19, 1971 in Murray, Utah.

My sweetheart of 53 years was a wonderful person.  We had many adventures and so much fun together.

Dave did a lot of hunting and fishing with his family and cousins as a youngster. He lived and worked on the family farm with his father on 1100 West 3300 South.  He belonged to the Salt Lake Gun Club and was an expert marksman.

Dave liked to go to the desert and walk around to shoot his guns. We walked the Mirror Lake circle about once a year and did some fishing.  He had a love for music and has quite a collection. He loved to ride his motorcycles and loved old steam engine tractors.

Dave was a fantastic woodworker.  He turned bowls, pens, a jewelry stand of his own design, built wood boxes and Christmas ornaments out of exotic woods.

Dave attended Granger School to 5th grade then Taylorsville Grade School on 48th South and Redwood Road for 6th Grade. He had some great stories to tell about that school.  He went to Valley Junior High. Dave graduated from Granite High School in 1969. He participated in V.I.C.A., the Champion Technical Training School program and received a Sterling Scholar Award for Industrial Arts.

Dave graduated from Utah Trade Tech as a machinist.  He was planning on going to Weber College for a Research and Design Degree but that year they stopped offering it.

Then Dave went to Utah Trade Tech.  One day a man came to the school and asked them, "Who was the best student to Graduate that year."  Dave was recommended and hired on the spot. He has done many different kind of jobs. Pounding sand at The Foundry to prepare the molds for casting and building pumps.

He designed  propane Aircraft Tugs for Equitech. The tugs are used at the Salt Lake Airport to this day.  They  are used to start the airplanes and move the luggage carts to and from the airplanes.

Dave's last place of employment was for Diversified Metal Services, Inc. He was a Millwright. As Engineer of the shop, he designed whatever was needed to keep the shop running, from building storage racks, to maintaining 5 surface grinders, 3 shear saws and installed 3 water jets. He provided quality control and finish inspector before the products left the shop. This made it possible for him to use all the skills he had mastered; welder, machinist, electrician, plumber and all around handyman.

In 2005, Dave had a stroke and retired.

Preceded in death by his parents, Deane Haynes Harmon, Bonnie Lee Scherer and  grand nephew Shakem Bruesch. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kay, sister, Christine Ann Beesley and brother Steven Glen Harmon, 8 nieces and 2 nephews, their spouses along with 30 grand nieces and nephews and many cousins.

Graveside services will be November 5, 2021 at 11:00 at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. U-25-12-2W is at the top of the cemetery. Turn off South Temple onto "N" street. Stay on this course until you get to the cemetery. Come in the bottom corner at 890 East and 4th Avenue. Follow the curve up Main Street to Hillside, stay on right side to 445 North, turn right 2 streets to Plot U on the west side of Center Street. Watch the curbs; the drop can be a doozy.


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