• December 30, 1931 - January 16, 2015
  • Palmdale, California

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Harry La Vern Martindale passed away January 16, 2015, in Thousand Oaks, California, after a battle with cancer. Harry was born December 30, 1931, in Augusta, Butler County, Kansas.

Harry grew up on a farm and after graduating from Latham High School in 1948 he worked as a truck driver with A. H. Ballinger Trucking Company in Augusta, KS. In 1950, he joined the Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas, where he performed duties as a flight line mechanic. In 1952, he decided to join the Navy and after a short stint he was honorably discharged and continued with Boeing until 1956. From 1956 to 1962, he worked for Air Mod Corporation, under contract to the US government, where he worked as an aircraft mechanic. During his time with Air Mod Corporation, he was deployed to Tachikawa Air Base, Tokyo, Japan, where he met the love of his life, Matsue Kamegaya. They were married on August 5, 1958, at the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. From 1962 to 1966, he worked for Lear Siegler Inc. in Oklahoma City, OK, as a Senior Aircraft Mechanic and supervisor. From 1966 to 1970, he worked at Lockheed Aircraft Services Company. During the Vietnam War, he supported US flight operations at various locations to include Takhli RTAFB and Bangkok, Thailand, Clark AB, Philippines, and Taipai AB, Republic of China. Harry was very proud of his participation in many of Lockheed’s aircraft projects throughout his career and was also a team member at the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Palmdale facility. In 1991, after 25 years of service, he retired from Lockheed. After Harry retired from Lockheed, he continued as an armed security guard and worked at various security companies in the Antelope Valley.

Outside of work, Harry was an active member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of FreeMasonry, San Bernardino chapter, achieving the 32nd degree. He started as a Mason in Wellington, Kansas, in 1955, and continued his membership with the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Kansas, totaling 59 years of service. Harry was a noble in the Al Malaikah Shrine and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. In addition, Harry was a 40 year member of the Antelope Valley Shrine Club. Harry was a patriotic 53 year member of the American Legion and a 38 year member of the Disabled American Veterans organization.

Harry and Matsue resided in Palmdale for 44 years. He is survived by his wife Matsue, sister Lanette Martindale, nephews John M. and Patrick Heffernan, nephews Osamu and Satoshi Kamegaya, niece/nephew Michele and Craig Wright, nephews Steve, Scot, and John Michels and many great nieces and nephews. Harry lived a humble, honest, and hard-working life and he will be missed by many. A private internment will take place at Desert Lawn Memorial Park.