Benny Harmon


Benny W. Harmon, 61, of Payson, died May 26, 2002, in Payson. He was born Jan. 26, 1941, in Shawnee, Okla.

Mr. Harmon joined the Marine Corps in 1958 and was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Oahu, Hawaii as an ordinance specialist and a member of the military police. Upon his honorable discharge, he and his wife, Linda, and their children moved to Arizona where he joined the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in 1971. He served as a rangemaster, lake patrol deputy, police firearms instructor and scuba diver for search and rescue.

In 1979, he became a county park ranger, but left the parks department in 1983 to continue his career in military service. He joined the Arizona Army National Guard and was stationed at Navajo Army Depot where he served as armorer and firearms instructor until he was injured in the line of duty, resulting in his retirement in 1993.

Following his retirement, he moved to Payson.

Mr. Harmon remarried in 1989.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa; brothers, Bob and Frank; children, Jennifer, Dorothy, Bernard, Bernadette and Renona; and 13 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Orville.

Services were held May 30 in the chapel at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix.

Arrangements by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

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