George Hampton Harbin, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014. He was born in Fredonia, Kansas, Nov. 2, 1921, to George and Inez Harbin.
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George was preceded in death by his brother, Tom; and by his wife of 48 years, Frances Dzaich Harbin. He is survived by his brother, Bill of Salina, Kansas; daughters, Larri Templeton of Chandler, Arizona and Sue Eisman of Kansas City, Missouri; son, Ron Harbin of Hershey, Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Following George's U.S. Army military service in Northern France during World War II, he worked for the federal government for 32 years, retiring as the director of procurement for the Department of Defense at the Pentagon. He also served with the department of Civil Defense and the Army Corps of Engineers.
In his early years, George was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. After retiring, he moved to Clearwater and then to the Homosassa area, where he became active in the Citrus County Democratic Party. He was a key figure in developing and promoting the recycling program in Citrus County. He was a member of the Sugar Mill Woods Country Club for many years and, more recently, joined the Homosassa Elks Club. He was a frequent contributor to the Citrus County Times newspaper. George studied art with the Homosassa Art Class. His home is decorated with nearly 100 of his paintings. He and his wife Fran also enjoyed traveling to Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. He spent many hours gardening and landscaping at their home in Sugar Mill Woods.
The family thanks George's friends who have been so supportive of him during the last year of his life, especially Maria.
A memorial service will be at the Sugar Mill Woods Country Club, 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014. A luncheon will follow the service with a private luncheon to follow. A private interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Citrus County. Arrangements by Turner Funeral Home, 14360 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34609, 352-796-9661.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on June 6, 2014