Otis O. Harmon, Jr.
Santa Rosa, CA – Otis O. Harmon, Jr. died peacefully in his home Thursday March 10, 2016 at the age of 83.
He leaves behind his wife of 61 years Edith (Wycoff) Harmon, his six children Rod Harmon, Norman Harmon, Debbie Behrends, Karen Cresta, Kim Smith and Mike Harmon, his 16 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Otis was born in San Francisco, California in 1932 to Otis O. and Esther (Quigley) Harmon. The family moved to Santa Rosa where Otis learned to play the trumpet in a marching band and graduated from Santa Rosa High School. Otis had one brother, Richard “Dick” Harmon who passed many years ago.
Otis was active in the community as a PTA president, a timer and starter for many swimming events, a baseball coach and all-star manager, a 4H leader, and a member of the First United Methodist church choir. He was also seen racing karts a few years back. Otis, like many of his friends, volunteered as a fireman at the Larkfield station of Rincon Valley Fire department. Otis was a familiar sight in the community and once pulled the fire truck in the Santa Rosa Rose Parade dressed in his long red underwear, a fire hat and his then signature handle bar mustache.
Otis earned his 50 year pin from I.B.E.W. and retired from his career as an electrician.
In his later years, Otis was known and loved for his hamburgers and stories at the many roping & cutting events and high school rodeos. He loved NASCAR, old westerns, puzzles and his bottomless glass of wine. If you knew Otis, or “Odie” as many called him, you knew to stay on guard, he enjoyed practical jokes or quickly putting you on the spot, as many will attest. A young friend posted “…I can’t believe I’ll never have another conversation with Otis where he shakes my hand and then, with that mischievous twinkle in his eye, gives me a good natured verbal jab. Quite a man, quite a husband, quite a father…”
A service will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 1:00 P.M. at the Mark West Neighborhood Church, 5901 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (707) 838-9136 and is open to friends and family. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Cancer Society.