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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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    Friday, November 20, 2020

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    Friday, November 20, 2020

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Larry Suttlehan

June 27, 2021

Uncle Dave was like a father to me. He taught me not only how to be a man, but how to have fun and how important family is. He instilled in me the rewards of helping others that I carry to this day. I consider all the Hartman’s my own family and think of you all very often, even though I don’t keep in touch. I cherish all the memories we had together, the awesome bar-b-q chicken with the “secret” sauce he obtained from the last breath of his friend in Oklahoma, the beloved whisky sours, the ping pong tournaments and of course the giant beefsteak tomatoes he grew on the side of the house. I still wear his beloved Dobbs hat he gave me when I has 15. You all are in my prayers every day and I love you very much.

Linda J Johnson

March 12, 2021

This is my second attempt to say how I enjoyed knowing David. I looked at some of the old pictures posted and what a joy it was to see your Dad and Mom at a function while he was in the Airforce. He was a dapper Offercer. He still had all the social, graces and skills of an Officer and Gentleman. I know he must have been a great Math teacher because he loved teaching at NOVA Community College and at West Springfield. I will miss his gentle smile.
Ljj

Jim Percoco

March 10, 2021

Just learned today of the passing of Dave. He was a terrific guy and teacher who was so full of life and energy with a genuine concern for his students. I have fond memories of his various performances in the WSHS Faculty Follies. He is one of those people who left the world a much better place for having passed this way.

Tim Williams

March 10, 2021

He was a good man who helped me through Geometry and probably paved the way for me to tutor math in college.

jajnatale@comcast.net Natale

March 9, 2021

I have just learned of Dave's passing. A very good man, a very good colleague, and a good friend at West Springfield. A man well-worth remembering.

Patti Alf

December 14, 2020

I am so sorry to just learn of Dave’s passing and wish to offer my condolences to all his family. Dave and I served together on the Orange Hunt Swim Club board long ago. We only saw each other occasionally over the subsequent years, but always at Christmas when I’d bring cookies to him (and Chick). I stopped over yesterday and then had a bad feeling. I googled his name and saw this post. I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful man he was, and so bright. I will miss him.

Laura Fairman

December 12, 2020

To David and Tim....I feel sad today, and am having so many memories of uncle dave and aunt chick...
Uncle dave really took our family under his wing, and led your whole family in helping us get back on our feet...how grateful I am! Our fathers were best friends...
And now they have their "feast" days back to back on the 8th and 9th.
He taught me how to drive (for better or worst) and we brought little Tim along for the "fun".
My thoughts and prayers are with you, love laura

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

FROM THE FAMILY