Obituary: Bruce Harmon

Bruce Harmon, long time activist and fund raiser for the LGBT community died March 16 in Oroville, Calif. at the age of 60 from a massive heart attack. He had a civil union with his partner Rev. Bruce Barton of 34 years. They have one son, Troy.

Harmon was involved in all aspects of the gay community here in Utah. His partner was the pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church and through their efforts they managed to buy the first public property owned by the gay community.  He was also heavily involved in the charity work of the Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire serving as a Prince Royale and Emperor XV of that organization.

Harmon served on numerous boards of gay and non-gay non-profit organizations including the Utah Memorial AIDS Quilt, Utah AIDS Foundation and the Utah Stonewall Center.

Harmon might be best remembered for creating and chairing the annual Gay Pride Day Parade in 1993. His partner Rev. Bruce created and nearly single-handedly sewed the 300-foot long Pride Flag that is often a staple of the parade.

In 1995 he received the highest honor our community can bestow, the Dr. Kristen Ries Community Service Award, for exactly that – community service.

Harmon once described himself stating “I am one of the real nice guys in the world. I’m easy going and it takes a lot to get me irritated. I’m a very passionate person and when I get involved in something, there is generally no stopping me.”

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