Gene Harmon, born in Velva on July 30, 1922, to William Paer Harmon and Tona Betina Kittelson Harmon, passed away April 2, 2013, in Everett, Wash.
His family moved to Minot and he was a saxophone player in many local bands while still in high school. When he and his mother moved to Seattle he continued his music career by transferring membership to the local musicians' union. He worked days in Associated Shipyards until he was drafted into the Army in 1943. He served in Texas and the Pacific in the 4th Armored Group, where he also played in the Group band "The Armorediers."
Upon discharge from the Army, Gene attended Edison Technical School for photography. He was a lifelong member of the Seattle and Washington State Professional Photographers' Associations and served as president of that state association.
In 1950, Gene married his high school sweetheart, Carrie Gifford, and became the instant father of three. They added two more children to make five little Harmons. As their family grew, they purchased multiple homes to remodel. They built a retirement cabin on Camano Island and moved to Everett, Wash., in 2002.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carrie Ione (Gifford) Harmon; brothers, Miles, Albert, Wallace and Glenn; sister, May Ellingson; daughter, Susan May Clifton; and grandson, Kaare Taylor.
Gene is survived by: his loving children, Michael (Mary), Karen Gratrix, Judi (Bruce) Taylor and David Harmon; grandchildren, Scott Huhn, Thadd Huhn, Kaisa (Jeff) Ferguson, John (Shannon) Harmon, Emily Harmon, Melissa (Clinton) Brackett and Ryan Harmon; great-grandchildren, Isaac, Olivia, Zachery and Grace Streun, Alexandria and Megan Ferguson, Kaedyn Taylor, Nicholas Huhn, Jackson and Charlie Harmon.
Memorial service: Will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 2 p.m., in Evergreen-Washelli Chapel, 11111 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, remembrance may be made in Gene's name to Group Health Hospice, 2100-124th Ave. NE, Suite 110, Bellevue, WA 98005.
(Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home, Seattle)