Harold grew up in Indiana and entered the Air Force after high school. Thereafter he moved to California. Harold enjoyed bowling and woodwork and worked as a mechanical engineer all his life. He was widowed in 1986 and then married Mary on April 5, 1996. He began his next career as a professional Santa Claus in 1998 and made thousands of children, as well as adults, believe in the spirit of Santa. Harold leaves 6 children, 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.