Geoffrey Harmer was born April 17, 1936 in Greenville, a small community in Plumas County, in northeastern California. Geoff’s parents, Millie and Ralph, were high school teachers. His father taught music and was a public school administrator. He is an only child. Geoff was a Boy Scout and eventually achieved the rank of Eagle Scout; becoming an Eagle Scout is his favorite childhood memory.
After their time in Greenville, Geoff’s family moved to the small town of Quincy, where he attended high school. After graduating, he studied industrial engineering at Stanford University. With his degree, he became an assembly engineer and worked at various companies around Silicon Valley.
Geoff met his future wife, Jane, when he was taking meals at a boarding house in Sacramento. One day, after a swimming class, he was dehydrated and was drinking water in the kitchen. Jane, who also ate her meals at the boarding house, noticed him because she thought it was strange that he was drinking so much water! They went to the movies for their first date. He recalls that their first kiss was like something out of a movie: while he was walking her home one night, they slipped on the sidewalk, caught each other, and kissed. When Geoff asked Jane to marry him, she initially told him she would have to think about it as she thought it was too soon. Geoff laughs when he remembers the night she accepted his proposal. They had just returned from a date, and while she was standing in her doorway she said “ok, I will marry you!” and then shut the door in his face! They were married on April 7, 1962. They had three children together: Craig, Lisa, and Stacey. Geoff has one granddaughter, Chihiro.
Geoff and Jane took a memorable extended trip to Northern Europe. He especially enjoyed their travels in Finland; Jane’s mother was Finnish, and they enjoyed discovering her heritage and learning more about her culture. He also loved Amsterdam and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Geoff moved to Carlton Davis in December 2019; he remembers the date clearly because it was Friday the 13th! He has many favorite Carlton things, but his top two favorites are the dining room and our activities. He loves classical music and jazz. His favorite meal is a rare steak with asparagus. He loves coffee ice cream. He enjoys building model airplanes.
Geoff most admires his late wife, Jane. He describes himself as hardworking, social and honest. He would like to be remembered as the proud father of three successful children. Seeing them grow up, build their own lives, and become accomplished adults is his favorite life experience.
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Written by Jessalyn Eernisse, Personal Expressions Manager at Carlton Senior Living Davis