Preston
Harvill, Preston Standlee (Stan), Jr. - age 75 of Hermosa Beach, CA passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at Little Company of Mary hospital in Torrance, CA. Stan, a Tennessee native, graduated from West Point in 1955, joined the Air Force and served for 27 years, retiring as a Colonel, during which time he earned a PhD in engineering. He later worked in the Aerospace Division of The Hughes Company and for the past several years was a volunteer with Stephen Ministries. He is survived by his wife, Anna, son Jay and his wife Robin and their son Joshua, and daughter Jennifer Hiravama and husband Lance and their son Preston, all California residents; brothers David J. Harvill of Memphis, Jon P. Harvill of Knoxville, Mary Margaret Harvil O'Neil of Manassas, VA, and Ellen Bebb of Knoxville. Funeral services will be held at American Martyrs Church of Manhattan Beach, 624 15th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA on September 1, 2009 at 9:30am and he will be laid to rest at Riverside National Cemetery with full military honors. Guests are also invited to the Military Service at the National Cemetery in Riverside, which will take place following the church service. At the donor's choice, flowers or a donation to their favorite charity may be made. McCormick Mortuary in Redondo Beach, CA, (310) 792-7580 is handling the arrangements.

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  1. Dear Anna, Jay and Jennifer, I was so sorry to hear about Stan; what a wonderful man, husband and father he was. Ron really valued his friendship — someone to whom he could talk with the common background of military service as well as “engineering” and Hughes. With my various health problems, I won’t be able to attend services. Please accept my “hugs” and best wishes for you all. Love, Midge

  2. I am saddened by the news. I always liked Stan, and held him in high esteem. I can only imagine how you feel, what you are experiencing, due to the loss of this wonderful man, a devoted husband and father, and, I am certain, a doting grandfather. May the love you know he felt for each of you bring you great comfort.

  3. Stan was in Bob’s West Point class of 1955. Though both were in the Air Force and the Air Force Academy at the same time as professors, we really got to know Stan by locating members of his Castle Heights Military Academy class and of course locating class members from West Point. We saw him last in 2005 at the 50th reunion. He was always so ready with a helping hand when people needed information. He will be missed.

  4. Stan’s brother Joe was married to my wife Sandy’s cousin Linda Harrell Harvill. I contacted Stan in the Spring of 1988 when my son Marc was applying at the Air Force Academy. He was most gracious and advised he would do all possible to help Marc in the nomination/appointment process. Marc was appointed to the AF Academy but left early. Stan really treated us like family and I have always been grateful for his kind words and encouragement to both me and my son. Stan’s kind and generous nature were certainly evident to all of us in his “extended family”. We send our Sincerest Condolances, Love and Prayers to Stans family.

  5. Stan was my mentor and true friend. I worked for Stan in the AFSATCOM SPO at El Segundo AFS in the early 80’s. Stan helped me after he retired and took a management position at Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo. He found me a position at Hughes Ground Systems in Fullerton when I retired from the Air Force. Three years later, I was on the lay-off list in Fullerton and Stan found me another position with Hughes Space and Comm in El Segundo. Stan was the keynote speaker at my Hughes retirement party ten years later. Stan recounted at the party how he had thrown me a life-line and what it meant to be a friend. We love you Stan. Jack and Jeayon

  6. So sorry to hear of Stans passing. He was great at keeping all of us so well informed over the years. I don’t know what more to say except I’m sorry. Ray.

  7. My best buddy left without saying goodbye. I/we did love him so. Stan nd I went to Castle Heights Militry Academy together – four years. I was band commander and he was my executive officer. That was in Lebanon Tennessee. I am so sad. We loved you Anna

  8. Dear Anna and family – Our deepest sympathy to you on the death of Stan. Anna, I am very sorry I missed the service for Stan, I just returned from the hospital myself on yesterday, Monday. John and I will remember all of you in prayer. Sincerely, John and Catherine Harris

  9. We join all the classmates of ’55 and their wives in expressing love and sympathy.In HIS grace and mercy, Katherine and Jack Jeter

  10. Stan and I went to Castle Heights Militry Acadmy together-four years. We were in the band and played the drums. I will truly miss your E-Mail and your frindship. Richard Orrell Marion IN.

  11. Hi Anna, I was so sorry about your loss of Stan. Hope you are doing well now. I remember our friendship at academy only to lose touch with you. You are in my prayers and thoughts. My phone # 858) 442-9476. Would love to hear from you! Address: p.o. box 992 Solana beach , can.

  12. Hi Anna, I was so sorry about your loss of Stan. Hope you are doing well now. I remember our friendship at academy only to lose touch with you. You are in my prayers and thoughts. My phone # 858) 442-9476. Would love to hear from you! Address: p.o. box 992 Solana beach , can.

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