Jacob (Jake) Lindley Harmon passed away in Bozeman on June 4, 2014, at the age of 92 at his home at the Bozeman Lodge. Throughout his life he seemed to create a cherished memory with each person he touched.
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Born in Milan, Missouri on Sept. 15, 1921, Jake was the first child of Golda B. Harmon and Ernest L. Harmon. On Sept. 24, 1923, he became the older brother to Francis Leighton Harmon. Jake's early years were spent on his dad's farm helping with chores, trapping for income and living a farm kid's life. In 1938 Jake graduated from Trenton High School in Milan, Missouri.
In 1942 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific during World War II, achieving the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. After the war, he attended the University of Missouri and ultimately enrolled in Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery, graduating from medical school in 1950.
On June 10, 1948, Jake married Alice Elizabeth Futty and later became the father of two children, Victoria Carol Harmon and Jeffrey Jay Harmon.
Jake was a well-respected physician and surgeon on staff at Rocky Mountain Osteopathic Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Throughout his career, Jake practiced family medicine in Lakewood and Englewood, Colorado, until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of the American Osteopathic Association.
Jake was an avid golfer and in 1971 served as president of Columbine Country Club in Littleton, Colorado, where he lived from 1958 until 2001. He was a teacher of life, a fly fisherman, gourmet cook, and loved the great outdoors. Throughout his life and well into his late 70s, Jake enjoyed backpacking into the back country to camp and fly-fish.
Jake joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed the many blessings that it brought into his life. On July 15, 1981, Jake married his second wife, Nancy B. Peery, and became the beloved step-father, grandfather and friend to her children and grandchildren. A year later he and Nancy were sealed together for time and all eternity in the Jordan River Temple.
They moved from Littleton, Colorado, to Hemet, California, in 2001 to be closer to family and enjoy more days of sunshine, ultimately resulting in more days to play his beloved game of golf.
Jake served in many capacities within the church, but one of his favorites was serving on the Activities Committee where he put to use his wonderful cooking skills to host engaging activities that brought many together in love and laughter.
Throughout his life, Jake was steadfastly devoted to his family and to people who needed medical care. He valued and cared for the lives of all others and upheld a code of honor, compassion, and respect. Jake was known for his witty sense of dry humor, was a great listener and a wise and pensive man, but seldom offered his advice to others unless asked to do so.
As "Dad," "Papa Jake" and "Uncle," he taught all of his children what they most wanted to know, and in his caring way, achieved an endearing status among them. For this reason, his earthly presence will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his daughter, Victoria Carol Faeo of Wasilla, Alaska; his son, Jeffery Jay Harmon of Bozeman; his step-daughter, Janelle Brown of Temecula, California; his step-son, Donald Eyssen, of San Marcos, Texas; his two grandsons, Skylar and Jordan Brown; his nephew, David L. Harmon; and his nieces, Pam Shippam, Janet Ross, and Cathy Romero.
Jake was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy B. Harmon; brother, Francis Leighton Harmon; and niece, Carrie Harmon.
A service and celebration of his life will be held in Hemet, California on Monday, June 16 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Riverside National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested a donation be made to the Parkinson's Disease Association, 500 15th Ave. South, Great Falls, MT 59405 or the
Note: Hemet Service to be at the LDS Church at 1151 Park Avenue, San Jacinto, California 92583.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 13, 2014