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David Alexander Harpman

January 1, 1929November 9, 2020

David Harpman was born on January 1, 1929 and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After graduating high school, he attended Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) and earned a degree in mathematics. Mr. Harpman played basketball throughout his high school and college days. Upon graduation, he joined the Army and was sent to Korea to fly helicopters. Among other things, he ferried wounded soldiers to a MASH unit where he met his future wife Elizabeth “Chick” Harpman. She was a nurse there.

David and Chick were married not long after they returned to the US. He had a long career in the military and moved many places in his service including: Germany, Arizona, Texas, Maryland, Kansas, and two tours of Vietnam. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving five years at the Pentagon. He then taught high school mathematics for over twenty years at St John’s High School in DC and West Springfield High School in VA. Afterwards he taught Calculus at Northern Virginia Community College until he was into his 80s.

David and Chick were married 57 years and traveled many places including Yellowstone, Chincoteague, Alaska, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and many others. They were also quick to open their home to others passing through the area and enjoyed listening to the stories of others. Mr. Harpman enjoyed walking with a good dog (he had several), hiking and fly fishing but most especially the camaraderie with others. He caught fish featured in books and magazines.

Mr. Harpman passed away November 9, 2020 from complications of the coronavirus and several underlying conditions.

He is survived by his two sons, David Jr and Kim, and Tim and his wife Stephanie; four grandchildren Austin, Jessie (husband- Dustin), Ben (wife- Koty), and Garhett (wife- Brittney); and nine great grandchildren: Sienna, Peyton, Colt, Jordan, Teana, Toby, Maria, GiGi, Bert, and Sam; Laurie, Kevin, Peter, Tom, Tim, Beth and many other loving nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Sig and Bernice Harpman, his wife Chick, his brother Bub, and granddaughter Julia.

Visitation will be held at Demaine Funeral Home at 5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22151 on November 20, 2020 from 1-2 PM. Service will be held at the same location from 2-3 PM. While all are welcome, in light of the current virus, everyone should evaluate their own health risks in attending. Seating will be limited due to local COVID-19 restrictions. The service will also be live streamed on the Demaine Funeral Home's Facebook page. Everyone is encouraged to leave a memory or note to the family there. Interment will be at Quantico National Cemetery at a time to be determined later.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of Mr. Harpman’s favorite charities: Wounded Warrior Project, American Cancer Society, Macular Degeneration, Red Cross, the Humane society or any other worthwhile cause. As Mr. Harpman would say, “Don’t put off doing a good thing.”

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Sarah Ornstein

November 23, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to Dave’s family. He was a fun, energetic guy with a contagious smile and a great outlook on life.

I first met Dave serving on the board of the Orange Hunt Swim Club. I quickly found he was a kindred spirit. Our love of family, animals and gardening became apparent. Over the years we shared tips and produce from our gardens. He was a great joy to talk with and always had an interesting story to share as well as interest in how my family was doing. I will miss his words of wisdom and antidotes. The one I will always remember fondly was talking about grooming the dog. When I got my first dog Ginger (who always looked for Dave when he walked by) I spoke to him about grooming her. Dave gave me the best advice. He told me when he groomed his Poodle he would remind himself that “A dog does not care what the grooming looks like, and that other dogs will not make fun of he/her so just do your best. The hair will grow back and you get to do better the next time.” I have passed it on many times.

We will miss you Dave.

Bob & Martha Bishop

November 21, 2020

Wanted to say we are sorry for your loss. We are neighbors of David Harpman and met him when he would walk his dog Molly down our street. We called him Mr. David. He would always stop on his walks to extend a kind greeting. We will miss seeing him walking in our neighborhood. God Bless.

Kim Tooze

November 20, 2020

Dad,
You will be missed by friends and family members.
Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for life, your engaging
stories and your infectious laughter. Your heart was filled with love and generosity, your mind with curiosity, intelligence and wit. You made each of us feel loved and important. I will treasure the vacations spent fishing together in Yellowstone, and sitting on the beaches of Chincoteaque Island. Love, Kim

Jody Terry

November 20, 2020

I miss you David. Going shopping, having meals together, your ragging on us for our "fancy" beers. I'll miss sending you home with leftovers and desserts.

John Gregg

November 19, 2020

Just wanted to say thank you to David for all the kind words that he said and great memories. You will definitely be missed by all who knew you.

Les Terry

November 17, 2020

I shall not forget our many times together over the last 12 years on errands run, lunches taken here and there, walking the neighborhood and hiking nearby trails, conversations on a variety of topics, the annual Super Bowl parties at your house, holdiday dinners and picnics, bringing you meals or having you over for meals, your attending all the birthdays of and other milestones achieved by my children, and your devoted friendship filled with kindness, caring, sharing and so much fun. Your name and the memory of your time with us will live on forevermore among our family!

Carmen Coelho

November 16, 2020

I consider Mr. Harpman a true friend. I enjoyed working for him for the past 14 years. He was so kind and giving. I always enjoyed his sense of humor. I will miss him a lot. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
Carmen Coelho.

Merceda Saffron

November 16, 2020

Dave was such a good, kind and thoughtful man, and always with a welcoming smile. Always professional, it was a pleasure to call him a colleague the many years we taught at WSHS. Sending our sincere condolences; may he rest in peace.
The Saffrons

Duke Baird

November 16, 2020

I just wanted to pass along my condolences and share with you that Mr. Harpman was one of the most influential people in my life. He was my Calculus teacher my senior year in high school and I could tell early on that he was the type of man I wanted to be when I grew up. After attending the United States Naval Academy and serving five years as a Marine Corps officer, I decided that I wanted to be a teacher and wrote about the impact Mr. Harpman had on my life on my application for graduate school. I have spent the past twenty years teaching Mathematics at West Springfield HS and have tried to positively influence as many young adults as possible, much like Mr. Harpman did. Mr. Harpman was a loving husband and family man first, passionate about his craft and a kind human being: all things that I have tried to emulate in my adult life. Although I am saddened with his passing, I know Mr. Harpman is in a much better place.

Debbie Larsen

November 16, 2020

To Dave’s family,
I worked with Dave for several years at West Springfield High School. He was the Math Department chair when I started in 1999. I feel very fortunate to have worked with him. He was so welcoming when I came back to teaching and was so supportive throughout our time together at WS. I always enjoyed talking with him. We had a few gatherings at his home were I was fortunate enough to meet his lovely wife. My most heartfelt sympathy on your loss. May God give you the strength you need during this difficult time.
Debbie Larsen

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