Harry Rodgers Forrest

April 16, 1947March 25, 2017

“God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change”, we are saddened to announce Harry Rodgers Forrest Passed away suddenly on the morning of March 25, 2017, short of reaching his 70th birthday.

Harry was born in Santa Maria, CA on April 16, 1947 to Bill and Sarah Forrest. For a time the Forrest family lived in the South West before retuning to Santa Maria. Harry marveled at the culture and scenery, enjoying several returns visits to this magnificent part of America. In 1960 the family moved to France for 3 years and then on to Turkey where Harry graduated from the American Field Service High School in Ankara. During High School Harry enjoyed the competition and life long friendships he formed while playing basketball in various countries. After High School, Harry enlisted in the Army’s 101st Air Borne as a paratrooper. Harry was proud of his service to his country and the country of South Vietnam, in country for 1 year, 6 months and 29days . His Country was also proud of him as he earned the Bronze Star for meritorious service in combat, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Foreign Service Medal. He shared a special kinship to those who also served their Country.

Upon returning from the service, Harry attended Allen Hancock and Cuesta Community Colleges, eventually taking a job with Continental Air Lines. Harry enjoyed his 38 years with Continental and retired as manager of Air Cargo at the Los Angeles hub. Harry was pleased with his contribution to Continental receiving the J.D. Power award for the highest ranked traditional Airline seven times between 1996-2007.

Harry became a devoted member of Alcoholics Anonymous through 27 years of sobriety. He embraced the belief that AA could offer hope to those willing to become sober. Keeping in mind the words of the Serenity Prayer, he took it upon himself to provide support to others by sponsoring countless members and being a friend to others. His trust in the Lord and his belief that combining an individual’s faith with the principals of AA could provide strength and wisdom in difficult times. Harry carried over his caring for other, in death by being an organ donor. In his spare time, Harry enjoyed family, building and flying model airplanes, Sports Fishing, and riding his Harley.

Harry is survived by his loving family that includes his two sons, Will Forrest and Luke Forrest who are currently living in Albuquerque, NM; devoted sisters, Sharon Black and Pam Megeath, Nephew Doug Megeath; Brother-in-law Bill Black, niece Staci Bynum; nephew and wife, Bill and Loretta Black, Lauren and Jacob Black, and Terrance, a trusted friend. We know that he is “supremely happy with him, forever in the next”

A church service will be held at the Lemoore Presbyterian Church, 260 B Street Lemoore CA on Monday, April 17, 2017 with a viewing at 9 AM, followed by a Church service at 11AM. Interment will follow at the Lemoore Cemetery, concluding with a reception in the Presbyterian Social Hall.


  • Visitation Monday, April 17, 2017
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 17, 2017
  • Burial Monday, April 17, 2017

Harry Rodgers Forrest

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April 12, 2017

My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time. Psalms 119:50,76



April 10, 2017

Harry you are be missed and are so loved. An Angel has just found their wings. My deepest sympathy to all of your loved ones and there are many. I am glad you were my friend.

anne Ward

April 6, 2017

I love you Harry. I know that I am truly blessed to have had you in my life. You were my inspiration. You will forever be in my heart. thank you for your love and patience........bobcat

Sande Matoi

April 5, 2017

Although I haven't seen Harry in a good long while, I will always remember him as a friend who inspired strength, honesty & compassion.

Roe Piccoli

April 5, 2017

Harry was a gentle, kind soul. Such a loving man. A very sad day.

Brandon Cernuda

April 5, 2017

Harry was a special man. I will miss him so much. He had a huge effect on my life.

Pamela Penn

April 5, 2017

Harry was truly an inspiration to me. Until we meet again, my friend...

Michael Affrunti

April 4, 2017

Harry was a kind soul and a truly gentle man. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.