David Corbin Harmon, 76, noted golf course superintendent

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David Corbin Harmon, 76, of Williamsburg, Va., passed away on July 17, 2016, after a lengthy illness.

Dave was born May 12, 1940, in Anderson, Ind., to I. Don and Martha (Guest) Harmon. He graduated from Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind., with a bachelor’s of science degree in agronomy in 1962.

David Corbin Harmon
        David Corbin Harmon

Dave started his career as a golf course construction superintendent in Escondido, Calif., working for architect Jack Snyder of Arizona. He then moved to Suffolk, Va., to construct Cedar Point Golf Club, where he stayed on as the golf course superintendent for seven years.

In 1970, he and his family moved to Williamsburg, Va., where he became the director of recreational activities for Colonial Williamsburg and golf course superintendent 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 golf course superintendent and landscape consultant, retiring in 2008.

Dave was the winner of the 2012 Virginia Golf Course Superintendents  Association’s President’s Award for Lifetime Service. He was a GCSAA member for 51 years. He won the Leo Feser Award for writing editorials for Golf Course Management magazine. He was a founder of the Old Dominion GCSA.

Dave enjoyed his church family at Wellspring United Methodist Church, camping with First Virginia Good Sam and traveling.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary (Linenburger) Harmon; two children, 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; and three nieces.

A memorial service, with the Rev. Edward A. Hopkins officiating, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, Va . The service will be followed by a visitation and celebration of life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wellspring United Methodist Church Discretionary Fund, 487 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nelsencares.com.