Harry Eddie Champlin
March 13, 1945 – December 15, 2018
Harry Eddie Champlin, 73, a lifelong resident of Hanford passed away on December 15th at his home.
Harry was born on March 13th 1945 in Hanford, California to Calvin (Bud) and Mary Champlin. Harry grew up working on the family farm and enjoyed his time there. At a young age he developed a strong work ethic and learned how to finish what he started which served him well his entire life. He attended Eureka School, Kit Carson Elementary and graduated from Hanford High School in 1962. In 1961 he met the love of his life, Cheryl Peters. They were married on May 25th 1963 and were married for 55 years. Harry spent 18 years working for Pacific Bell and AT&T before going out on his own in 1987 as Champlin Telecommunications until retiring in 2014. In retirement he never really retired as you could find him every Monday and Thursday helping his son out on the farm.
The most important thing to Harry was his family. In addition to just spending time with them he also enjoyed going to the Grandkids different sporting events and functions. Harry and Cheri have six children who survive him: Bo (Michelle) of Visalia, Shelly Champlin Boyle (Brendan) of Hanford, Donnie (Julie) of Hanford, Randy (Doreen) of Hanford, Janie Sellers (James) of Hanford, and Patty Champlin of Fresno. He was proud
of every one of his kids and loved them all the same. He also leaves 15 Grandchildren, Wyatt Champlin, Brenna Champlin, Brittney Guzman (Beto), Zack Daniel, Hannah Crisp (Christopher) ,Maddie Boyle, Kamala Bocanegra (Jorge), Kaylee Champlin, Kassedy Champlin, Taylor Champlin, LeAnna Mattos (Noah), Emma Champlin, Nolan Champlin, Peyton Carter, Ben Sellers and Great Grandaughter Charlie Crisp. Harry is also survived by his brothers Stanley of Hanford, Wesley (Joan) of Hanford and Richard (Jerri) of Dillon, Montana and numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews Harry was preceded in death by his parents Bud and Mary, Grandchildren Calvin Champlin and Jenna Champlin, Sister-in-law Judy Champlin and just two months ago his best friend and cousin Alan Champlin.
Harry had a brilliant mechanically inclined mind and could pretty much build or fix anything. In addition to that he was a perfectionist and always tried to do everything to the best of his ability. He was always tinkering in his garage while listening to or watching his beloved San Francisco Giants. In 1976 he took on the task of building his new house that took almost two years to complete. Other than some finish work he pretty much did it all himself and most nights he would still be working on it until midnight or later.
In his younger days Harry coached Little League baseball and raced motorcycles up and down the Valley. He loved cutting and splitting wood with the wood splitter he built at the family cabin at Cedar Slope and also enjoyed going on pack trips to Cow Camp at Trout Meadows in the Golden Trout Wilderness Area to hunt and fish. While the Giants were his favorite, he also enjoyed Fresno State sports teams and the 49ers. He also liked watching any type of motorsports especially Nascar. He also loved his dogs who were always close to him when he was home.
At Harry's request there will be no funeral but a memorial gathering in his memory will be held at a later date.
Family and Friends are invited to view Harry's legacy at www.peoplesfuneralchapel.com and write condolences.
Services by People's Funeral Chapel