Gardiner Harris

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Gardiner Dickinson Harris Rancher Gardiner Dickinson Harris, 94, of Woodlake passed away Friday, February 21, 2014. He was born to Roy Witham Harris and Grace Dickinson Harris on August 4, 1919. Born in Los Angeles, he was the longest baby to be born in that hospital at that time. He grew up on an orange ranch in Covina California. Loving the water he was from the beginning a "beach kid" at Alamitos Bay in Long Beach. Gardiner spent his high school years at home in Covina and worked at the "Sugar Bowl", a local hangout for teenagers, flipping burgers at lunchtime and was "Harold Teen" on a Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade float. After high school he worked for Lockheed Aerospace and attended night school, spent a year working in Ireland and joined the US Maritime Service (Merchant Marines) while in England. Gardiner graduated from the US Maritime Academy in New London Connecticut in 1945, after spending 5 years in the service. His ship took the first gold into China following the signing of the Armistice of World War II. He and his beloved wife Frances were married in February 1946 and moved to their ranch in Woodlake where they spent 68 fulfilled and endearing years together. They also developed Castle Rock Mobile Ranch in Woodlake. They raised three wonderful children and joyfully loved ten grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Even though his family always came first, his Porsche and Ferrari projects were close behind as he was happiest when he was in his shop working, tinkering and rebuilding his automobile creations. Gardiner has been deeply loved, honored and greatly respected by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Frances of 68 years and his three children; Doralynn Harris of Visalia, Gregory Harris (Melissa) of Arroyo Grande and Gayle Nelson (Larry) of Visalia. Gardiner is also survived by one brother Bryant Harris of Arizona and four nephews. "Doda" as he was called, leaves his legacy among ten grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild whom was there to welcome him into Heaven. The Harris family would like to personally thank Quail Park Memory Care in Visalia for the tender loving care Gardiner received. We would also like to thank Kaweah Delta Hospice at 900 W. Oak Street, Visalia, CA. 93291 for all their loving care and comfort at all times. Memorial services for Gardiner will be 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at St. Clement of Alexandria Anglican Church, 498, N. Valencia Blvd. Woodlake, CA 93286. With a reception to follow in the Church Friendship Hall. Our request is that all memorial Contributions be directed to Kaweah Delta Hospice and St Clement Church. A memorial tribute may be offered by logging onto www.salseranddillard.com

Funeral Home
Salser & Dillard Funeral Chapel
127 East Caldwell Avenue
Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 635-1144
Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Mar. 13, 2014
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