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 encephalitis.
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.
Jefferson made 12 Cup starts in the 1970s.