Harold B. Vartikian was a caring husband, Father, Grandfather, G-Papa, Brother, Uncle and a Friend. He left this world suddenly on March 13, 2022 at the age of 90.
He was born to Berge and Edna Vartikian on May 20,1931 in Marshall, CA. Harold attended schools in Livingston, CA and Tracy CA.
Harold became one of the proud, the few, the brave in the U.S. Marine Corp. in 1951. He served in the Korean War as a Sergeant, Fire Team Leader, and a Squad Leader from 1951-1953 where he was awarded two purple hearts. The saying “Once a Marine always a Marine rang true for Harold. He had many fellow Marine Brothers he remained friends with his whole life. He attended many Marine reunions over the years where many war stories were shared and told.
Harold married the love of his life Annette on May 21,1954. They were married for almost 68 years. Together they had 2 loving daughters Julia and Mary.
He worked in construction in Escondido, CA. Until Moving to Livingston in 1969. When he became a Farmer of Almonds, Walnuts, Peaches & Grapes – A Fruit and Nut Farmer.
Harold loved trapshooting, hunting, fishing, bowling, golf and coffee breaks at Blueberry Hill. He also enjoyed watching all kinds of sporting events. He taught trapshooting and golf to the youth. And he loved spending time with his family and friends. Harold was a big presence where ever he was. He was inducted in the Trap Shooters Hall of Fame in 2009. He won many awards in Trapshooting. Since 1966 Harold had registered 53,350 singles targets, 67,474 handicap and 34,950 double targets.
Harold is survived by his loving wife Annette Vartikian of Livingston, daughters and son in laws Julie Vartikian Egleston, Dave Egleston, Mary Vartikian Mesa, & Frank Mesa, 5 Grandchildren, Katie DeGraff (Shaun), Kelly Johnson (Ben), Jillian Mesa, Danielle Mesa, & Jonathan Mesa, 4 Great Grandchildren, Zoe Kenner, Jack & Nathan Johnson, Cecilia Mesa.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Marie Spann and stepfather William Sandoval.
A funeral service is scheduled for 1130 am on April 8,2022 at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA. All attendee's will need to be at the cemetery before 1115 am to staging area 2. Services will start at 1130 in the committal area with military honors first.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Marines Central California Vet (MCCV)
P.O. Box 3944
Merced, CA 95344
c/o Dennis Wells
10374 Liro Court
Coulterville, CA 95311-9704