Major Jeffrey Scott Harnish (Retired, U.S. Army) of Live Oak, California died Friday, December 21, 2012 at his ranch in Live Oak. He was 48 years old.
Jeff, younger brother of Rhonda G. Harnish and Ramona L. Harnish-Tyler, was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara L. Harnish, and his father, Ron L. Harnish.
He was born on May 12, 1964 in Yuba City, California.
He is survived by his wife, Julie R. Harnish of Live Oak; his son, Jeffrey S. Harnish II of Live Oak; and his daughter, Jennifer M. Harnish of Newport News, Virginia. He is also survived by an extended and blended family, whom he loved deeply. Jeff was a proud graduate of Live Oak High School (Class of 1982), and is survived by his longtime friend, & "brother", Tony Epp.
Jeff was an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran and selflessly served his country for over twenty years in the U.S. Army. He earned numerous awards and accommodations as a soldier, but he was most proud of earning the title of Green Beret, a distinguished honor given to few.
He served in the Army from June 23, 1982 to August 14, 1987 as an enlisted soldier. In 1985, he accomplished one of his life goals, which was to become a Green Beret (U.S. Army Special Forces).
He attended California State University, Chico and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. During his time as a cadet at CSU, Chico, he earned the George C. Marshall Army ROTC Award for his candor, commitment, courage, and integrity. From October 9, 1991 to December 31, 2006, Jeff served as an Officer in the U.S. Army.
Jeff had numerous positions during his time as an Officer. He loved his time as a company commander. He served as Commander of both the Dive Company (Deep Sea), and the 73rd Transportation Company (Floating Craft), at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Jeff loved his country, his soldiers, and his family.
Jeff, a former member of the FFA, also loved animals. He grew up surrounded by animals and after retiring from the military, Jeff spent his final days with his animals, on his ranch in Live Oak.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 28th at 2:00 p.m. at The Father's House 10720 Live Oak Boulevard, Live Oak, California 95953.
Jeff will have a military burial and will be laid to rest next to his mother and father in the Live Oak Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Wounded Warrior Project (PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675) are suggested by the family.
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, 2012