Harry William Jefferson

Harry Jefferson

Harry William Jefferson of Chinook Pass

died Monday, August 23, 2021 in Swedish

Hospital in Seattle, Washington, from a

short battle with lung cancer and autoimmune


Harry was born on November 2, 1946 in

Seattle, Washington, the third son of George

and Virginia (Holtzinger) Jefferson. He was

raised on the family’s ranch in the mountains

of Chinook Pass. He attended the Naches

Valley schools, graduating in the class of 1965,

excelling in football with his good friend

Frank Tobius (Tanker), whom he remained

friends with all his life.

After high school Harry worked for his brother,

George Jr., at Jefferson Logging Co. Inc. He

then began racing cars. He was a natural, considering

how he would race up Chinook Pass on Saturday nights.

He drove a race car that was owned by George

Jr. and Sherry Jefferson for quite a few years.

He made many fans and friends those years.

For many years Harry worked at his own business,

Harry Jefferson Excavating, running heavy equipment

in the Naches and Yakima areas.

Another highlight of Harry’s life was being a father

to Scott, whom he loved very much. 

in the last few years Harry retired up on his property

by the Naches River where he lived his life

the way he wanted to.

He always enjoyed his visits with his family

and neighbors and his Wednesday night

dinners with his close group of friends.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents and his

son Scott.

He is survived by his brothers, George Jr., Jerome

and Tim (Lorillee) Jefferson, and numerous

nieces and nephews; his very special friends

Jeff, Cuyler, Frank and Dan, and his faithful

dog “Lucky.”

The family will have a private service.

Harry was always an advocate for rescue

dogs. If you wish to make a donation in

Harry’s name, please consider the Yakima

Humane Society, at 2405 West Birchfield

Road, Yakima, WA 98901.

Rainier Memorial Center is in charge

of arrangements.

Harry’s final words:

“Catch ya later.”