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GEORGE STONE HARBAUGH

HARBAUGH, GEORGE STONE George Stone Harbaugh was born at San Diego Mercy Hospital to parents Dr. Oril Stone Harbaugh and Leila Mary Shipley Harbaugh on June 30, 1932. He liked to brag about the fact that he was a native San Diegan. He loved to tell stories about old San Diego - hunting with his Father and birddog Charlie in the then-undeveloped Clairemont area; going to Men Only clubs for lunch in downtown San Diego; and buying fresh milk with his Mom from the dairy farms in Mission Valley. George graduated from San Diego High School and while attending San Diego State University was a member of the ROTC, Sigma Chi, and played football for the Aztecs. George was very proud of his mother and father. George's desire to serve in the military was instilled in him by his father's willingness to put his medical practice on hold to join the army in World War II. After graduating from San Diego State, George became a B-47 pilot assigned to the Strategic Air Command. George loved flying and had his own airplane "Birdy" for many years. While based in Texas, he met Betty Lou York and they married on June 17, 1956. They shared a marriage of over 50 years until he lost Betty in 2008. After leaving military service, George and Betty moved home to San Diego, she to teach and he to work as a Human Resources recruiter for General Dynamics. George's business ventures expanded into owning and operating the Half Moon Anchorage on Shelter Island. George also partnered with his parents in Log Realty, which owned and operated commercial and residential properties in San Diego County. George cared greatly about his tenants being successful and was a fair and honest landlord. Recently, he renovated several of his properties because he always wanted to help make San Diego a beautiful city. George was an athlete, surfing the San Diego beaches as a teenager, playing tennis for many years and then moving on to the more stately and frustrating game of golf. He and Betty shared a love of trap shooting and he became President of the Miramar Gun Club. He also loved music and playing his drums. He marched in Boys Bands including a march in the Rose Parade. He played at many San Diego hotels and events as a teenager. Traditional Dixieland Jazz was his passion and he played in many local bands and was President of the San Diego Jazz Society. While president, he began the annual Jazz School that continues today. George was a fantastic cook and had great fun attending cooking classes including some at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. George and Betty loved San Diego and giving back to the community. They supported our local libraries and Balboa Park. Betty was a 34 year member and Past President of the Thursday Club. George served on the San Diego Humane Society Board and represented them at schools teaching kids about caring for animals. Along with donating musical equipment and paying for young musicians to attend the Jazz school, George volunteered at local high school music clubs teaching Traditional Dixieland Jazz drum playing to new generations. Through the George S. Harbaugh and Betty L. Harbaugh Foundation, they will continue to give back to the community for many years. Georges' sense of humor, kindness, and friendship will be sorely missed by his friends, golf partners, and business associates. Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 28th,h at El Camino Memorial, Cypress View Mausoleum, 3953 Imperial Avenue with a Celebration of Life at the San Diego Yacht Club from 1:00 to 4:00 on Friday, December 28th. It was George's wish that in lieu of flowers, that you would please make a donation to The Thursday Club Foundation.


Published in U-T San Diego on Dec. 22, 2012
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