David Leon Harter passed peacefully from this life on Sunday morning, January 23, 2011. He was born on November 7, 1930 in Oklahoma City, the eldest child of Noel and Allene Harter. David met his life-long partner, Peggy Ann Hutson in 1949 and they were married in 1950. They were together over 60 years and raised 3 children together. David is survived by his wife, Peggy, his son, N. David Harter II (wife, Vicky), daughter, Judith A. Riley (husband, Steve) and son, Mark D. Harter (wife, Ann) as well as 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister, Sue Norris (husband, Cliff), 2 nieces and 2 nephews. David is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Pat Harter, and his nephew, Todd Harter. David became President of the family business founded in 1919, Harter Concrete Products, Inc. in the early 1960s. Harter's was a pioneer in the precast concrete industry. David had a passion for his employees and took pride in making sure that his employees and their families were honored with an annual 4th of July family picnic and fireworks show, annual fishing trips and extravagant Christmas parties complete with Santa, food baskets, gift certificates and gifts for everyone in each of his employee's families. Another of David's passions was law enforcement. David served with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department as a commissioned Deputy under Sheriff Gene Wells and as an appointed member of the Oklahoma Crime Commission. David was involved in little league sports with his oldest son, David. He loved to hunt and fish, play the organ in the evenings with his daughter, Judy as she played the piano, build and fly radio controlled model airplanes with his son, Mark, play golf with his daughter, Judy, play poker and gin rummy and loved boating. He often said that the best time of his life was when he and Peggy spent a year on their boat, The Peggy Ann, traveling up and down the Mississippi River and inter-coastal waterway. David and Peggy made many good friends along the way and have passed many memories of these friendships on to their children. But of all these things, his greatest passion was his grandkids who knew him as "Grumpy" and his great grandkids who will forever remember him through their parents hearts. David will be greatly missed, but his family is thankful that his pain has now been lifted. Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, at Crawford Family Funeral Service, 610 N.W. 178, Edmond, OK. A Memorial Service to celebrate David's life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 28, at Chisholm Creek Baptist Church, 17600 N. Western Ave., Edmond, OK.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 26, 2011