Harold Phillip Kopp passed away peacefully on the afternoon of August 16, 2018 being comforted by his family members. Born in Buffalo NY on May 31, 1941 and a graduate of Hutchinson Technical High School, Harold enjoyed a full life filled with the joy of having friends and family and reveled in his uncanny ability to problem-solve. He was a proud Navy Veteran and became the youngest licensed U.S. Amateur Radio (HAM) Operator at the age of 9 who today is known by his call sign K7YZ0 all around the world. Harold was a world renowned electronics engineer known for many of his inventions, registered trademarks and patents including the first electronics surge suppressor (Zap Trap®), voltage line circuit testing devices (SureTest®) and assembly line power reduction intelligence (Motor Miser®). Though blind for the past 25 years due to cancer surgery, Harold kept busy creating the Tuff Block paving block lighting system and enjoying philanthropy along with participation in his Ham Radio Clubs. Through his career, Harold was a mentor to many startup business owners and shared his stories of success with others.
Harold is survived by his Daughters Sarah (Sally) LaPorte (Mark), Rosemary Kopp (Job), and Step-Children Theresa Pfaff, Denise Coakley (Dan), Ross Pfaff Jr. (Teresa), Ronald Pfaff Sr. (Tammy), William Jordan Pfaff as well as Grandchildren Cailee Duane, Raymond Duane (Gina), Shelby Platten, Noah Albert and an additional 10 Grandchildren and 17 Great-Grandchildren
Visitation will be Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. with a service at 1:00 P.M. at Bunker’s University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ 85213.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Disables American Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project or Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) are suggested.