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Mr. Harvey Lee Livingston II
Mr. Harvey Lee Livingston II
On November 15, 1959 Harvey Lee Livingston II was born to L. Benjamin and Margaret Livingston in Snow Flake, Arizona; he was named after his father’s brother who died jumping into a lake trying to help save someone from drowning. He was the second child with an older brother, David and a younger brother Lawrence.
The family moved to Phoenix, Arizona and as a boy he had a paper route where he learned to save his money. The family moved to Riverside, California in 1971 after his father completed his PhD and took a staff position at the University of California, Riverside. Being a good financial steward at a young age, Harvey contributed to the down payment of the “Big House”.
Harvey graduated from University Middle School and John North High School in Riverside, CA. He was 14 years of age when he met the love of his life and eventually his wife, June Carolyn Rogers. He excelled in Varsity baseball and football in high school and earned All-County football honors in 1976. He had many good friends due to his enigmatic personality and engaging smile. His mother during his youth called him her “little militant child” he believed in the cause and fought for Civil Rights. When he was young, he developed a love for old low rider cars and convertibles which carried on throughout his life.
Harvey pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in Riverside, California on June 24, 1978 and was a life- long member as was his father, former Grand Basileus (National President of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity). He held the position of 12th District 2nd Vice District Representative, started new chapters and was a Life member attending meetings at the local chapter here in Sacramento.
Harvey attended Riverside City College, played football and then transferred to California State University, Fullerton, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. He met some of his best friends and fraternity brothers during this time. After graduation he had some interest to go into business for himself and he also gained an interest in real estate. Once he finished college, he never had a car payment (his wife did) which allowed him to better attain his lifelong pursuit of financial freedom.
Harvey married June Rogers on June 12, 1982 at March Air Force Base in Riverside County. From this union one child was born, Harvey Lee (Trey) Livingston III.
Harvey had a fondness for water views. He had a goal to live near the water and often said, “I want a house on the Mississippi River y’all” which he eventually attained that goal near the Sacramento River. He and his family enjoyed many peaceful times by a nice bonfire on the river enjoying the beautiful sunsets. Being outside always brought him joy but when he was exposed more to nature by his wife June, he enjoyed walking trails, looking at birds and animals but what was constant was his love for boating. When he went on vacation, he got a serious fulfillment on cruises with his family. This allowed him to turn off the phone and enjoy the everyday life with his family. He would spend much of his time going on land tours learning about Caribbean Island history and he also enjoyed snorkeling.
He spent nearly 38 years of his professional career at Pacific Bell, Southwestern Bell and AT&T ultimately earning the position of Regional Vice President of Outbound Telemarketing and WEB for National Business in Alternate Channels. He was an avid reader and was a member of the local library along with having his own library at his house. His thirst for knowledge didn’t stop there as he read Newspapers every day and later in life he constantly could be found listening to podcasts and YouTube for different subject matters to gain more knowledge and perspective.
He was intellectually curious like his mother and shared master philosophies and foundational principles to make you think. If you told him a situation or story with a problem, he would be quick but not hurry to find solution by researching, thinking, and using resources. He was known for giving people nick names both professionally and personally; his mind was always engaged, when he trained it on you it was very focused and personal.
Harvey was baptized at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, in Sacramento, where he was a member along with his family for more than 20 years. He was active in many civic and professional organizations, including: Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE), Sacramento Chapter of the Urban League, and Sacramento Black Chamber Board member. He was also a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He went to many workshops locally and nationally for business and pleasure which helped make him well versed in many subject matters in every day conversation. He also joined the National Speakers Association; most work associates did not relish the thought of speaking after him, because he excelled as an orator, giving speeches throughout his career.
His enjoyment of mentorship, teaching, giving and friendship was a constant throughout his life. He worked for RCA as a sales person, started a process serving business, and worked for JB Leasing Company early in his career.
He was a leader, mentor, friend, coach but mostly a teacher to family, friends and work associates; he was always honing his skills and giving back to others. To this day many recount the lessons, messages, philosophies and special moments shared with him. He strived and worked tirelessly to reach countless goals he set out for himself and his family. He believed strongly in financial literacy and made sure to pass on more than just bills and debt as he always worried about all of his family’s future.
He had a great love for history and any time he went on out for work, vacation or to visit family you can find him spending some off time in a museum. He was forever making use of time and constantly willing to learn whether it was about a city he was visiting or the town he resided in. He was known to give great tours and proud to show loved ones what Sacramento has to offer if they came and visited. Later in life he spent more time re-discovering old friendships along with new ones as he was enjoying being active outside and on the golf course. He was introduced to golf by his father.
In 1999, he created and founded the Nor-Cal Pharaohs AAU basketball organization one of the first of its kind in Sacramento; it is a club for all youth levels bringing unity and also tying its legacy to the hometown NBA team, the Sacramento Kings. Legacy was paramount in Harvey’s life and he always thought about the next generations hoping the work he has done gives more opportunities and more freedom to chase their goals.
He was a family man making many sacrifices. He will live on in the memories of those he touched, spoke with and taught; he is forever in our memory and his legacy will live on.
Harvey is preceded in death by his father Dr. L. Benjamin Livingston and mother Margaret Johnson Livingston.
He is survived by his wife June Rogers Livingston, son Harvey Lee (Trey) Livingston III Sacramento, CA, brothers David Benjamin Livingston (Cheri Davis), Adelanto, CA. Lawrence Bernard Sr. (Michelle), Jackson, TN., and a host of family members including in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.
A family funeral service is being held in Sacramento at Morgan Jones Chapel of the Chimes on January 15, 2022 and family burial service at Odd Fellow Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers please send donations to St Hope Academy https://www.sthope.org/st-hope-help-make-and-impact
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