Harold Whitaker Obituary, Death – It is with deep sadness that we must notify you of the passing of former Mayor Harold Whitaker. This announcement is being made with a deep sense of regret on our part. Mr. Whitaker and his family farmed in the Midwest during his childhood, and he received his education in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and New Haven College in Connecticut. He currently works as a mechanical engineer.
He served in the Air Force at the time of the Korean War and was stationed in Korea. The year 1971 marked the beginning of Harold and Ann Whitaker’s new life in Friendswood, Texas, where they would eventually plant their roots and have five children. Before becoming our Mayor, Harold was able to find the time to serve on the board of the Friendswood Independent School District as well as on a number of other committees and boards for the City of Friendswood.
In addition to his working experience at Union Carbide and, later, Praxair Surface Technologies, he also had this role. Following that, he joined the board of the Galveston County Central Appraisal District, and after that, he joined the board of the Galveston County Consolidated Drainage District. After that, he also joined the board of the Galveston County Consolidated Water District.
The City of Friendswood offers its most sincere condolences to Mr. Whitaker’s family and friends. We also want to express our gratitude and acknowledgement for the commitment and dedication that Mr. Whitaker demonstrated toward the City of Friendswood and its citizens throughout his life. Everyone will miss him dearly because he was a dependable and well-respected member of this community. His passing will be strongly felt by all. As a mark of respect for Mr. Whitaker, Mayor Mike Foreman has requested that all flags flying at City facilities be lowered to the half-staff position in his honor.