August 24, 2011
Harry Owen Seip died Monday, July 11, 2011, surrounded by his loving family at home in Fresno, Calif.
Harry was born Oct. 26, 1934, in Craig, to Leetha Musser and George Malcolm Seip. He attended Moffat County schools in Craig.
He married Dorothy Martinez on May 3, 1952, in Grand Junction. This past year marked 59 years of marriage for them. To this union, three daughters were born: Janet Marie, Joyce Ann and Jeri Lyn.
Harry joined the Army in 1953 and served until 1955.
During that time, he became involved in boxing. He excelled in the sport and upon discharge he returned to Craig and throughout the years competed in amateur fights.
He also helped organize and coach many youth boxing clubs at the old armory.
Harry was a hardworking man who held a variety of jobs. He worked at the Moffat County Road Department, the state highway department, Les Johnson Construction and he was a truck driver for many years.
Many happy memories were made when he and Dorothy managed the restaurant at Yampa Valley Golf Course before their move to California.
Harry was an avid hunter and was happiest with a fishing pole in hand. He was a great provider for his family, making sure there was always fresh fish, wild meat, you name it, for the family table.
When raising his family, Harry took them camping, fishing, and hiking to many of the lakes and streams surrounding Craig, passing on his love of the outdoors and nature to his daughters and grandchildren.
Black Mountain was his favorite destination for the family, and continues to be a favorite for all of them to this day.
Harry was considered a jack-of-all-trades.
He was a very talented woodworker and artist. Many people in Craig are fortunate to have some of his beautiful restored antiques and handmade woodwork.
He loved taking an old table or chair that looked beyond repair and returning it to its former beauty.
He could tell you by feel or look the type of wood anything was made of.
Harry's hands were always busy until his health prevented it, and even then he accepted his limitations with dignity.
He loved a good game of golf, a hand of poker, his Denver Broncos and always a good joke with his buddies.
Harry and Dorothy moved to California in 1987 and enjoyed their retirement where the weather was warm and they formed many friendships.
They traveled with old classmates for class reunions and loved traveling to Shelter Cove, Calif., where their daughter and son-in-law have a home on the coast.
Harry is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy, of Fresno, Calif.; daughters Janet (Michael), of Salinas, Calif., Joyce (Tony), of Craig, and Jeri (Keith), of Craig; brother Larry (Sandi), of Craig; sister-in-law Wilma, of Vernal, Utah; grandchildren Cameron, Ryan, Ashley Shea, Matthew and Erin; great-grandchildren Benjamin, Tane, Tressa, Eliseo and Apollo; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leetha and George; brother Jerry; and beloved dog of 18 years, Misty. Harry will be missed by those whose lives he touched.
A mass of Christian burial was Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at St. Michael Catholic Church with the Rev. James Fox presiding.
Interment took place at Craig Cemetery with military honors performed by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62.
A special presentation of the American flag was given by grandson Sgt. Matthew Rhodes, of Fort Bragg, N.C.