Harry Boven Obituary (2022) – San Francisco, CA

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Harry “Lee” Van Boven
April 27, 1939 – March 1, 2020
Harry “Lee” Van Boven passed away peacefully at his home in San Francisco on Sunday, March 1, 2020.
The only child of Margaret and John Van Boven, Lee grew up on a dairy farm in Redlands, California. He attended Redlands Christian School and Redlands High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado.
After college, Lee served in the Navy as a jet fighter pilot from 1962 to 1968 during the Vietnam War. After his discharge from the Navy, he attended Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He was the highest ranked student in his first two years, and in his third year he served as editor of the California Law Review.
Lee joined the San Francisco law firm Farella, Braun and Martel in 1971. He specialized in corporate law with clients ranging from real estate developers and investors, major banks, international investment firms and hotel management and a professional baseball franchise. He became the firm’s first managing partner until he left in 1996 to join long-time client William Wilson & Associates, a commercial real estate development and investment firm. He was the chief operating officer.
Lee was an avid outdoorsman and an intrepid explorer. He enjoyed biking, skiing, hiking, mountaineering and rafting. He also enjoyed literature, fine arts, performing arts and travel.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, his children from his first marriage, Sarah (Henry), Patrick (Jennie), Peter, and his stepdaughters Shannon (Dennis) Gutierrez, Morgan (Brett) Dewey, and his grandchildren -children Mamie, Luke, Jessie, Parker, Graham, Ravi and Orion.
Lee lived his life to the fullest. He had a calm, commanding presence and was a caring adviser in business and with family and friends. He always had time to listen and had a strong moral compass. He had an easy laugh that accompanied his wonderful sense of humor, a ready wink, and an innate curiosity that made him an ideal teammate for Trivial Pursuit. Lee was a man of substance, sincerity and integrity. Her warm, broad smile and kind heart will be deeply missed.
Lee’s family would like to give special thanks to Mecca Tucker, Ruth Tatum, Joyce Foreman, Epeli Naituivau and Leti Faletau for all the support and care they gave Lee.
A celebration of Lee’s life will be held on Sunday, April 24 from 3-5 p.m. at the Presidio’s Log Cabin, 1299 Storey Avenue, San Francisco. We respectfully request that all attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Part the Cloud, an Alzheimer’s disease research organization, at www.alz.org/partthecloud/.

Published by the San Francisco Chronicle from February 28 to March 6, 2022.

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