Oct. 9, 1937 — April 16, 2014
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Harry Harper was born in Nevada City, Calif., to Russ and Jessie Harper on Oct. 9, 1937. He passed away April 16, 2014, at Kaiser Hospital in Sacramento, with his family by his side. He was one of nine children. The family moved to Fair Oaks, where Harry attended Fair Oaks Grammar School and graduated from San Juan High School in 1955. The Harper family then moved to Shingle Springs and Harry began his career of 41 years with the USFS on the El Dorado National Forest.
Harry met Mary Ann Harris and in 1960 they married. After living a while in Placerville, they settled in Shingle Springs where they began their family.
He was a “one of a kind” fellow who wasn’t always politically correct. We often wondered how he was able to get away with some of the things he said and did, but everyone also knew he truly cared for them.
Harry spent much of his life volunteering one way or another and touched the lives of many. He had volunteered as a fireman for Placerville Fire Department, Shingle Springs Volunteer Fire Department, Placerville Active 20-30 Club, Placerville PreSchoolers, Buckeye School, Blue Oak School, Camerado Middle School, French Creek Outlanders 4H Club, Shingle Springers 4H Club, Sierra Sharks Swim team, Ponderosa Little League, Ponderosa High School Band Boosters and the Shingle Springs Community Center. However, his real and true passion was the Sacramento Blood Source. He had donated more than 60 gallons of blood and was just recently honored with the distinction of having 11,000 volunteer hours with Blood Source. He loved working on mobile blood drives and particularly enjoyed when they were at high schools.
Harry leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Mary Ann; his son, Todd and his wife, Ninia and daughter, Athena, who live in Monroe, Wash.; his daughter, Dana and her sons, Jorden and Jared, who live in Shingle Springs; his sister, Carolyn Hancock of Silver Springs, Nev.; and brothers, George Harper of Nevada City and Dick Harper of Winchester, Ore. He was preceded in death by his brothers Ralph, John and David; and sisters, Gloria “Cookie” and Laura.
A celebration of Harry’s life and his many contributions will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 24, at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs. Those attending the celebration are encouraged to wear their Blood Source T-shirt if they have one. In lieu of flowers please follow in Harry’s footsteps, if you can, by donating blood, the true gift of life; or by giving to the Shingle Springs Community Center Building Fund, P.O. Box 11, Shingle Springs, CA 95682.