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Harry Robert Wellins

February 16, 1946 ~ February 3, 2021 (age 74)

Obituary

Harry R. Wellins, 74, of Prescott, Arizona, passed away on February 3, 2021, after a bravely fought six-year battle with cancer. 

 

Harry was born on February 16, 1946 in New Britain, Connecticut where he spent his childhood.  After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  Stationed in San Diego, he served on the USS Ingersoll in Viet Nam earning a Bronze Star. 

 

Following his service, in 1972, he moved to Mammoth Lakes, a ski resort town in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.  There, Harry started his first business called Mammoth Maintenance and Repair.  The business grew and soon became Wellins Construction, building both residential and commercial properties.  He loved to crack corny jokes and picked up the nickname “Happy Harry,” which he proudly carried all his life. 

 

Harry met Jeanne DuBois in Mammoth Lakes, where they married in 1978 in the midst of a memorable eight-foot snowstorm.   Five years later, Harry and Jeanne moved to Mission Viejo, California, operating Wellins Construction and raising their two sons.   

 

In 1995, the family moved to Prescott where Harry continued both custom residential and commercial construction.  In 2008, Wellins Construction changed its name to Prescott Builders of AZ, which now is owned by Harry’s former partner.  Harry also served as Chairman for the City of Prescott Advisory and Appeals Board for seven years.

 

Harry and his family shared a love of the outdoors enjoying skiing, camping, boating, hiking and fishing. After retiring in 2014, Harry and Jeanne achieved their dream spending several years camping across the country in their RV.  Even amidst difficult cancer treatments, Harry did not let his illness slow him down from their travels. He was a good neighbor who would always stop to chat, fix potholes in his neighborhood’s dirt road or plow snow from a neighbor’s driveway.   Harry loved family, friends and dogs.  He always carried an extra dog cookie in his pocket for the neighborhood dogs.

 

Harry is survived by his wife, Jeanne Wellins; children Chad Wellins (Eve Block) of Gainesville, Virginia and Sean Wellins of Prescott; and his grandchild Sofie Block-Wellins.

 

Jeanne and her family are eternally grateful to the good doctors at Mayo Clinic who helped give Harry so many good years after his diagnosis and to Maggie’s Hospice for their outstanding and compassionate care.  A virtual memorial is planned.  For information contact by email: jwellins@icloud.com.

 

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