The king of San Francisco nightlife Harry Denton, 77, has passed away.

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Harry Denton Death – Obituary – Cause of death : Harry Denton, 77, was born Nov. 3, 1943 and raised in Kimberly, Idaho, outside of Twin Falls. He was often called the king of San Francisco nightlife as he owned multiple nightclubs. He passed away Sunday in Seattle, where he had been living under the care of his brother after a stroke years ago.

Harry Denton grew up in the rural community of Kimberly, Idaho. He dropped out of the University of Idaho to move to the big, bustling city in 1965. Harry told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sam Whiting in 2009 that he first started working in the bar business when he was fired from a clothing store for being drunk and not showing up to work. “My next-door neighbor was Henry Africa (Norman Hobday),” said Denton, who went on to work at the bar named for his neighbor. “He said, ‘Harry, come work for me and I’ll teach you the bar business.’ After six weeks it clicked.” He spoke.

Harry Denton named his first venture Harry’s Bar on Fillmore in the ’80s, and soon after he opened Harry Denton’s on Steuart Street. He opened Starlight Room amid great fanfare on the 21st floor of the historic Sir Francis Drake Hotel in 1996 with a dance floor overlooking Union Square and the glittering lights of downtown. The Starlight Room would later be rebranded in 2019 and renamed Lizzie’s Starlight, a gesture to the “the alleged affair between Sir Francis Drake and Queen Elizabeth I,” Hoodline reported.
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Harry Denton was beloved by nearly everyone he came across, and a vocal defender of the city’s LGBTQ community.

A memorial service is pending.