OBITUARY

David Gene Harjo

March 14, 1943April 29, 2019
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David Gene Harjo of Norman, Oklahoma went home to be with His Heavenly Father on Monday, April 29, 2019.

David was born March 14, 1943 to parents David “Chief” and Marie Harjo in Okemah, Oklahoma. He graduated High School in Dumas, Texas in 1961 and attended college at Panhandle A & M on a baseball scholarship. After college, he went to court reporting school and became a court reporter before being drafted into the Army. He served during the Vietnam war for 4 years and was stationed in Japan as a Special Service Officer. After being honorably discharged from military duty, David served as a free lance court reporter as well as working for many judges in the state. On November 23, 1977, David married the love of his life, Rhonda at the Seminole County Courthouse. His friend and boss, the Honorable Frank Seay officiated the ceremony. At that time, David also became an instant father to Tracey. David, Rhonda and Tracey made their home in Wewoka, Oklahoma, where they enjoyed riding horses and playing in the rain together. After Tracey left for college, David and Rhonda moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a couple of years until settling in Norman, Oklahoma. They lived in Norman for 30 years. He loved his daily morning political debates over breakfasts with his buddies, a good hamburger, a bowl of chili or a great glass of wine. He loved riding horses and archery and he loved his family. He will be missed.

David is preceded in death by his parents Chief and Marie Harjo of Wetumka and his mother-in-law, Loretta Watts of Norman. David is survived by his wife, Rhonda Harjo; daughter Tracey and son-in-law Patrick Garrett of Edmond; three grandchildren, Jordan (25) of Tulsa, Spencer (20) of Edmond, and Peyton (16) of Edmond; and father-in-law, Chester Watts of Norman.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Blue Lakes Baptist Church with interment following at Pryor Cemetery in Stuart Oklahoma at 3:45pm. Pallbearers are Dennis Brown, Dale Elsner, Warren Lee Beaver, Ralph Stevenson, Corey Taylor, and Honorary Pallbearer Charlie Dean.

In lieu of flowers, a go fund me page has been established to help his wife with future expenses.

https://www.gofundme.com/david-harjo-end-of-life-memorial-fund

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dennis Brown, Pallbearer
  • Dale Elsner, Pallbearer
  • Warren Lee Beaver, Pallbearer
  • Ralph Stevenson, Pallbearer
  • Corey Taylor, Pallbearer
  • Charlie Dean, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, May 4, 2019

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Charlie Dean

May 2, 2019

David and I have been dear friends since we were in the first grade. Our parents were best friends, and whenever one family moved to a new home, the other family soon followed, so it happened that we were always next door neighbours, up until we left for college, and were as close as brothers. In addition to this, we had birthdays that were three days apart, so we always shared birthday parties together. In fact, on one of our birthdays, we both received the exact same brand new maroon Schwinn bicycles. We were ecstatic! On another occasion, David and I decided to see the new scary movie that had just come out..."The House of Wax". When we left the theater, we were on foot as we never rode our bikes at night. We were scared stiff from the movie, so we walked very fast down the middle of the street all the way home, in order to avoid being grabbed from the sides of the street! ( we never had a boring experience!).

When David was in the Army, and was stationed just outside Boston, he asked me to drive his new Impala from Texas up there to him. When I drove through New York, I got completely lost for the best part of that day, and when I finally arrived to deliver his car to him, he was so relieved to find I hadn't been in some kind of accident. We ended up going to see the World's Fair in New York City, which made up for all the anxiety in getting the car to him!

Although I haven't seen David in person in years, we have always stayed in close contact by phone and rarely missed a call on each other's birthday. I have so many wonderful memories of David and our shared experiences. I will always miss him terribly. Rest in Peace Dear Friend. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with Rhonda, Tracey, and all your family and friends. Lovingly, Charlie and Carol Dean

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Biography

David Gene Harjo of Norman, Oklahoma went home to be with His Heavenly Father on Monday, April 29, 2019.

David was born March 14, 1943 to parents David “Chief” and Marie Harjo in Okemah, Oklahoma. He graduated High School in Dumas, Texas in 1961 and attended college at Panhandle A & M on a baseball scholarship. After college, he went to court reporting school and became a court reporter before being drafted into the Army. He served during the Vietnam war for 4 years and was stationed in Japan as a Special Service Officer. After being honorably discharged from military duty, David served as a free lance court reporter as well as working for many judges in the state. On November 23, 1977, David married the love of his life, Rhonda at the Seminole County Courthouse. His friend and boss, the Honorable Frank Seay officiated the ceremony. At that time, David also became an instant father to Tracey. David, Rhonda and Tracey made their home in Wewoka, Oklahoma, where they enjoyed riding horses and playing in the rain together. After Tracey left for college, David and Rhonda moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a couple of years until settling in Norman, Oklahoma. They lived in Norman for 30 years. He loved his daily morning political debates over breakfasts with his buddies, a good hamburger, a bowl of chili or a great glass of wine. He loved riding horses and archery and he loved his family. He will be missed.

David is preceded in death by his parents Chief and Marie Harjo of Wetumka and his mother-in-law, Loretta Watts of Norman. David is survived by his wife, Rhonda Harjo; daughter Tracey and son-in-law Patrick Garrett of Edmond; three grandchildren, Jordan (25) of Tulsa, Spencer (20) of Edmond, and Peyton (16) of Edmond; and father-in-law, Chester Watts of Norman.