Photos by Leon Worden
Memorial services for longtime community leader Duane Harte were held Saturday, bringing members of the community together to mourn his passing and celebrate his life.
Harte is survived by his wife of 43 years, Pauline, daughters Donna and Denise, and grandson Evan Alexander.
He died Nov. 23 after suffering a heart attack at his Valencia home. He was 68.
The memorial service, organized by Councilman Bob Kellar and held at the 500-seat Sanctuary Church in Friendly Valley, drew a full house.
Harte moved to the Santa Clarita Valley in 1974, where he and his wife raised their children.
He is remembered for his commitment to many organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley and his service and leadership on several policy-making boards.
Duane and Pauline Harte (File photo)
At the time of his death, he was chairman of the city of Santa Clarita’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission and president of the SCV Veterans Memorial Committee.
Harte was also treasurer of the SCV Historical Society, vice chair of the SCV Fourth of July Parade, and a former chairman of the SCV Chamber of Commerce, the SCV Committee on Aging and the Newhall Redevelopment Committee, as well as a 17-year member of the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge.
In 2003, Harte was named SCV Man of the Year for his volunteer work on behalf of several community organizations.
He had served for 23 years as a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve before retiring in 1990 as a senior chief petty officer. After his retirement from the armed forces, he was an active member of the Newhall American Legion 507 and dedicated time and effort to supporting veterans.
Saturday’s church service was followed by a burial ceremony at Eternal Valley Memorial Park with a Condor Squadron flyover and full military honors.
[ Read more about Duane Harte here ]
| Chris McCrory