David Corbin Harmon
1940 - 2016
Nelsen Funeral Home - Williamsburg
3785 Strawberry Plains Rd.
Williamsburg, VA
WILLIAMSBURG - David Corbin Harmon, 76, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on July 17, 2016, after a lengthy illness. Dave was born in Anderson, IN on May 12, 1940, to I. Don and Martha (Guest) Harmon. He graduated from Purdue University in Lafayette, IN, with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Agronomy in 1962. Dave started his career as a golf course construction supt. in Escondido, CA working for architect Jack Snyder of AZ. He then moved to Suffolk, VA to construct Cedar Point Golf Club, where he stayed on as the Golf Course Supt. for seven years. In 1970, he and his family moved to Williamsburg, VA to be Director of Recreational Activities for Colonial Williamsburg and GCS of the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. He was there for 21 years. He ended his career working for the City of Newport News as both GCS and Landscape Consultant, retiring in 2008. Dave was the winner of the 2012 Virginia Golf Course Supt. Assoc. President's Award for Lifetime Service. He was a GCSAA member for 51 years. He won the Leo Feser Award for writing Editorials for the Golf Course Management magazine. He was a founder of the Old Dominion GCSA. He is survived by his wife of 53 ½ years, Mary (Linenburger) Harmon, two children: daughter, Karla Donn Finkenauer (Peter) and son, David Jeffery Harmon (Noelle); five grandchildren, Courtney and Blake Finkenauer and Corbin, Noah, and Katie Harmon; sister, Sue Handley, her three daughters and their families. Dave enjoyed his church family at Wellspring United Methodist Church, camping with First Virginia Good Sam, and traveling. A memorial Service will be held on August 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, VA with Rev. Edward A. Hopkins officiating. The service will be followed by a visitation and celebration of life. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nelsencares.com.
Published by Daily Press on Jul. 24, 2016.
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So many wonderful memories of time spent at 404 South England Street with Mama Mary and Daddy Dave. Love to you all. -- Kim
Kim Dare
August 3, 2016
Mary, so sorry about Dave's passing. He was a very nice man and I know you will miss him so much. You and your family are in my prayers. Margarette Lynch
August 1, 2016

My deepest condolences. May God's Holy Spirit be with the family. I pray that he brings comfort to you all at this hard time.
July 31, 2016
Mary, so sorry about Dave's passing. Both Harold, my husband and I remember you both so well when you were living opposite the CW Golf Club. We were at your home many years ago and so enjoyed your friendship. May God Bless and keep you and your family during this difficult time.
Margie Gill
July 30, 2016
I worked with Dave at the City of Newport News. He was my "turf guru." He maintained a wealth of green industry knowledge without having to research it. Our heartfelt condolences are sent to the Harmon family.
Carolyn Talbert
July 25, 2016
I did not know Dave well, but I worked with him at the City of Newport News for several years. I can say that if it was green and you wanted it to grow, Dave was the go-to guy. My thoughts and prayers are with the Harmon family in this difficult time.
Chris Wirt
July 25, 2016
Dear Mary and Children,
You can be very proud of Dave. He was well thought of and highly respected throughout his career, and I have no doubt that this extended into the other areas of his life as well. I have fond memories helping him establish the Old Dominion GCSA back in the 70s, and envied his ability to organize and manage all that he did. He was so avid about the game of golf. I can still see him stationed beside the 17th green at Kingsmill during the tournament every year, collecting signatures from the pros. After he left the Shoe, and I left the Mill, we never seemed to get together too much, and I was saddened to hear of his early passing. He will be remembered and missed by those of us who knew him. May God grant you peace and comfort, and unfading memories.
Ken Giedd
July 24, 2016
Mary, Our sincere condolences to you and your family. May your special memories of your years together ease the pain of your loss. God bless you all.
Dot & Dave Fisher
July 24, 2016
Dear Mary and Family, So sorry to get this sad news this morning. I worked for Dave back in the seventies as a Tennis Pro at the Williamsburg Inn. He was one of the best bosses I ever had and he made the golf course and everything connected with it really shine. They won award after award and the whole place was really special. I once gave a tennis lesson to Linwood Holton, former Virginia governor and his wife. Their daughter Anne Holton Kaine later became a juvenile court judge and is married to Tim Kaine also a former Virginia governor and Vice Presidential hopeful. There were a lot famous people who came to the Williamsburg Inn and I think you could say Dave's hard work in making the place so attractive had big part in their decision. We're going to miss him. Jeff Fairbanks
July 23, 2016
Dear Mary and family my prayers go out to you on Dave was so bless to know him and to come visit him at nursing home and so bless that the Sewing group made him some bibs with camping on he will alway be in my heart and enjoy talking to him and bringing him snacks he was such a blessing to know and I will miss him

Love katie
July 22, 2016
Dear Mary and family: our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear Dave. It was always such a pleasure to see you and Dave at church. God grant you comfort.
Ken and Pat Clark
July 22, 2016
My name is Linda Bauner Swank. I grew up on the Edgewood Country Club Golf Course with Dave and his parents, Don and Martha. My big brother, Jerry Bauner, also a PU graduate, worked on the golf course with Dave. I have many fond memories of Dave and his family and I am sorry for your loss. Dave and John Mills were like brothers to me when I was growing up.....I even wrote to them when they went off to PU. I missed seeing them at the ECC. I was happy to read about Dave and his life accomplishments. RIP Dave and thanks for the memories.
Linda Swank
July 22, 2016
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