Harlan Todd

1936 ~ 2018 (age 82)

HARLAN TODD, age 82, transitioned on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at home with his wife, Mary Todd by his side.

Harlan was born on March 22, 1936 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Jack and Nancy Todd, where he was the second of three brothers. He was preceded in death not only by his parents and older brother Willie Todd but also by his eldest son Jeffery Todd.

Harlan was baptized at an early age in Oklahoma; he knew and loved the Lord and would begin his mornings with his daily Bible reading.

Harlan joined the United States Navy immediately after graduating from high school in 1954, where he rose to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. His military career took him to Norfolk, Virginia, where he met and married the love of his life, Mary Jacquelyn King in 1961. They became the proud parents of 5 adult children, 13 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild.

Harlan and Mary were married for 57 beautiful years where they traveled to all 50 states and visited every continent with the military and for personal enjoyment.

His military career spanned 23 years of active service from July 1954 to January 1977. He served on the USS aircraft and transport carriers: Albert David, Shangri-La, Vammen and Okinawa. He held the following positions as Communications Systems Specialist Technical Operator, Radio Teletype Operator and Instructor. 

After his military career, he worked 20 years of Federal service at the Naval Supply Center in San Diego from July 1979 to March 1999 where he was a Financial Analyst.

His higher education began in September 1973 at San Diego City College, where he received his AA degree in Business Administration in June 1975 and later obtaining another AA degree from San Diego City College in Black Studies in 1982. He continued his education in 1977 at San Diego State University, where he received a BS in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting in December 1978. In July 1979, he began a Real Estate MBA program at National University where he completed the program in October 1980.

Harlan’s favorite pastime activities included traveling, sports and reading. He would often sit in the family den and read for hours on end and watch his favorite teams: the former San Diego Chargers and San Diego Padres. Some of his favorite travel destinations were: Hawaii, Panama Canal and East Africa.

Harlan leaves behind his beloved wife, Mary Todd; daughters: Paula Cross (Roland), Lorna Gulley and Nancy Ford; son, Mark Todd (Lisa); his younger brother, Wesley Todd (Doris); host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren along with several nieces, nephews and many other family members and friends to mourn his passing, yet celebrate his life.


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