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Corp Harold Ray Densmore

Corp Harold Ray Densmore

Sharon, Walworth County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 24 Oct 1993 (aged 74)
Modesto, Stanislaus County, California, USA
Burial Santa Nella, Merced County, California, USA
Military CPL, US ARMY
Memorial ID 575273 · View Source
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Born in Sharon, Wisconsin, Harold and his family moved to Patterson in 1933. He graduated from Patterson Union High School in 1936, and briefly worked as a cashier for the Bank of Newman.

In 1941, he married Jane Logan, daughter of Edith and William Logan, Patterson's first city attorney. In 1942 he joined the Army Air Corps, where he served as a gunnery instructor until his discharge in 1945.

Upon his return from service, he took advantage of the new GI Bill of Rights, studying at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University's Hastings College of Law. After graduation, he moved his family to Newman and opened a law firm with his father-in-law - Logan and Densmore.

Harold became the city attorney for Newman in late 1971, and for Patterson in 1973 after Logan's retirement; he was only the second city attorney in Patterson's history.

During that time he served in other capacities as well. He was past-president of the Newman Rotary Club, a member of the E Campus Vitus historical organization, and a member of the American Legion. He served as a director of the Mosquito Abatement District, acted as the legal advisor to the Grayson Community Services District, and was an officer and charter member of the Orestimba chapter of the American Field Service. His family hosted the first AFS student to study at Orestimba High, Fernando Baccaro of Uruguay.

He was a long-time member of the Orestimba United Presbyterian Church and served in a number of capacities including elder, Sunday School teacher, and choir member. He was elected moderator at both the Presbytery and Synod levels and served on the Zephyr Point Commission which oversaw the uses of the Zephyr Point (South Lake Tahoe) conference grounds. Most recently, at the national level, he was appointed a commissioner on the Permanent Judicial Commission of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), representing the Synod of the Pacific. The commission decides appeals regarding church law.

He died after an 11 month battle with cancer.

He was survived by his wife, Jane Densmore of Newman, a son, two daughters, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 575273
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Harold Ray Densmore (15 Nov 1918–24 Oct 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 575273, citing San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella, Merced County, California, USA ; Maintained by PTHS Genealogy (contributor 49338419) .