My father passed away early in the morning of November 14th, 2014. This is the obituary which I wrote for him:
Daniel Harley was born May 2, 1943 in Meadville, Pennsylvania to Rev. Clyde and Rev. Ruth Harley. Clyde and Ruth were Nazarene evangelic pastors who traveled across the Northeast and Midwest preaching and performing at countless churches and recitals. Daniel learned to sing, play the guitar, the trumpet and other musical instruments while joining his parents in the recitals. Daniel’s lifetime passion for electronics also started early. He taught himself electronics and was fixing radios before he was ten years old.
After graduating high school, Daniel enlisted in the United States Air Force and became an electronics and cryptography specialists. Daniel transfered to George Air Force Base in late 1963. He and a friend bought a small house in Apple Valley, which anchored him and his future family in the High Desert. Daniel served in Vietnam in 1964 and 1965 setting up encrypted communications between all the military bases there and Washington D.C. Towards the end of his tour, Daniel managed the NCO club in Saigon where he met his wife, Viet Tu Nguyen. They were married in Saigon, Vietnam on November 14, 1965 and soon returned to Apple Valley starting their long life’s journey together.
Daniel worked at various TV and electronics repair shops before and right after his tour of duty. He acquired his private pilots license and an Ercoupe airplane leading him to open the AvComm repair shop at what was then the brand new Apple Valley Airport. This was the springboard for Harley’s Electronics and Daniel became affectionately known as “Dr. Dan the TV Man” to the High Desert and Inland Empire for many years
Daniel was very passionate about teaching and taught thousands of students leading them into successful careers. He acquired his teaching credentials from UCLA, started teaching at Cal State San Bernardino and then offered head of the electronics department at Victor Valley College. When he started at VVC, he was the youngest full time college professor in the entire California Junior College system.
Daniel was a designer and inventor of many things. He designed a virtually indestructible flashlight with many of his concepts found in today’s flashlights, such as the Maglite. Daniel created SCADA systems to automate water utilities, which many water companies still use today.
Daniel’s numerous illnesses began shortly after returning from his tour of duty in Vietnam and eventually took a toll on him in the later part of his life. With his wife sternly at his side, they fought diligently sustaining well past every short sighted prediction. Daniel finally passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 14th, 2014 which was also their 49th anniversary. Daniel leaves his beautiful wife Viet Tu Harley. Two sons; Daniel Jr. and David. Four grandsons; Tyler, Hobie, Tiegan and Daniel III. He joins his parents, Rev. Clyde and Rev. Ruth Harley, with a new body and in a new world.
Daniel’s memorial services will be at Victor Valley Mortuary, 15609 11th Street, Victorville, California 92392 on Sunday November 30th at 2:00 PM. A reception will be held at The Green Tree Inn afterwards.
In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations to the
Daniel Harley, Sr. Memorial Fund
that will support scholarships at Victor Valley College
and an orphanage in Can Gio, Vietnam
which takes care of children affected by Agent Orange.