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Harry Lee Summers


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Harry Lee Summers Obituary
Harry Lee Summers February 26, 1924 - June 24, 2018 La Jolla Harry Summers, age 94, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2018. His wife, Joyce Summers and daughter, Linda Acosta were at his side. Summers was well known throughout the country and within the building industry. He was the man who conceived and developed the master planned community of Rancho Bernardo in San Diego County. The 6000-acre "New Town" called for red tile roofs on all buildings, both commercial and residential; and all its utilities were underground. He worked with the City of San Diego to include the entire community of RB within the city limits.Summers was born in Rockdale, TX to Melville and Mabel Summers, and grew up in both Longview and Fort Worth, TX. He graduated from Longview High in 1941, where he played football and basketball. He then attended, Tulane, North Texas Agricultural College and Columbia Midshipmen College. From 1943-1946, he was an officer navigator/gunnery in the Navy and served in the Asiatic Campaign. After his service, he attended and graduated from the University of Texas in 1947. He met his former wife, Betty Dunaway in Dallas and together they moved to California. Summers was vice president of Hawnco and along with its founder, W.R. (Fritz) Hawn, they admired the beautiful rolling hills of what was then rural property in northern San Diego County. They joined forces with the area's land owners, members of the Daley family, and together conceived and developed the former cattle grazing lands into the nationally acclaimed Rancho Bernardo. As RB developed, Summers was invited across the country to give speeches about this remarkable achievement. He always paid tribute to the many men and women who were part of his development team.Summers also developed the area of Laguna Niguel in Orange County and Village Park in Encinitas; as well as numerous commercial projects that included The Plaza La Jolla Village and Summers Governor Park. Believing in giving back to the communities in which he operated, he was a leading member in many civic, cultural and professional organizations.Harry leaves behind his wife of 24 years, Joyce; daughters, Linda and Suanne; sons, Lee and Jake; step-children, Tyson Browning and Jennifer Fultz; and grandchildren, Ali and Cole Acosta, Sophia, Rhett and Eliza Grace Fultz. He is preceded in death by his son, Jim.He will be remembered for his sense of humor, southern drawl, his generosity and his love of family and the outdoors. Services will be held at St. James By the Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA 92037, on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 10:00am.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rancho Bernardo Historical Society, at PO Box 27314, San Diego, CA 92128, (858) 775-5788 or Scripps Research Foundation, giving.scripps.org, (844) 442-4483. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ lajollalight .
Published in La Jolla Light on July 5, 2018
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