Harmon Clayton Killebrew (June 29, 1936 - May 17, 2011), was signed by the Washington Senators in 1954 at the age of 17. Regarded as one of the most prolific power hitters in major league baseball history, Harmon “Killer” Killebrew amassed numbers matched only by the game’s very elite. In his 22 years of hard work and productivity, he was named American League All-Star 13 times, the 1969 American League Most Valuable Player and a six-time American League home run leader. At the time of his retirement, he hit more home runs (573) than any right-handed hitter. In 1984, Killebrew joined baseball’s immortals with his election into the Hall of Fame.
After leaving baseball as a professional player, Harmon started an insurance business, in Boise, Idaho and sold business insurance and estate planning. He left the insurance business in 1987 to devote more time to his automobile dealership, Harmon Killebrew Motors in Ontario, Oregon that he founded in 1984. After selling the dealership in 1990, Harmon moved to sunny Scottsdale, Arizona and established his business of Professional Endorsements through which he conducts his daily business of appearances and endorsements.
Killebrew was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December 2010, and died five months later.
FOUNDERS OF THE HKF: In 1998, Harmon and his wife, Nita founded the Harmon Killebrew Foundation, Ltd. The foundation which enabled Harmon to host separate and distinct events that benefited the charities that the Foundation Board chose to be recipients of the Foundation’s proceeds based on the Mission Statement, “Promoting health & wellness through sports, specifically baseball.” Just preceding Harmon’s Death he asked that the direction of the Foundation Mission be finely sculpted to embrace his Legacy by creating Miracle League fields where he lived and played in his honor and a small scholarship fund to his former High School, Payette High in Payette, Idaho. The foundation closed in 2012.
In January of 1991, Harmon married wife Nita R. Patten. Through her background in Finance and Economics, work as a Financial analyst for the Legislative Budget Office in the State of Idaho, Pro Corp, Inc, and DB Fitzpatrick & Company and her Educational BA in Finance & Economics and AS Degree in Administrative Sciences, Harmon and Nita made a formidable team in permeating his Legacy for years to come.