Gary W. Harrison
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8/14/1937 - 2/3/2014
On Monday, February 3, 2014, Gary Wendell Harrison passed away at his residence in Fresno, California at the age of 76. Gary was born on August 14, 1937 in Cheyenne, Okla., to Stanley and Hettie Harrison. In 1937, his family moved to Alpaugh, Calif. After graduating from Alpaugh high school in 1954, his family moved to Fresno, Calif., where Gary met the love of his life, Judy Squire, while they were both attending Fresno State.
Gary graduated with a BS in Business Administration in 1958 and was a brother of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Gary and Judy were married in 1959 and moved to Hanford Calif., shortly after, where he taught Social Science, English, and Math until 1968. In 1969 Gary received his Masters degree in Administration and became the principal of Meadow Lane in Lemoore. Also, in 1969 he became a field representative for the California Teacher's Association (CTA) of which within time he became the chief negotiator of CTA's northern division. In 1986, Gary and Judy moved to Auburn Calif., where he continued his career with CTA, retiring in 2000.
In his spare time, Gary was an avid hunter, fisherman and hiker. He had a passion for helping people in need and enjoyed history, politics, travel and music; he was a volunteer disc jockey for KVMR in Grass Valley, Calif. Gary was an advocate for the ALS Association and a supporter of Big Brothers and Sisters, as well as many other charitable organizations.
Gary was preceded in death by his wife Judy and son-in-law, Michael Troxell. He is survived by: his children, Lora Troxell of Hanford, Debra Wilson and husband Devin of Porterville, Mark Harrison and wife Arlene of Clovis, brother Bill Harrison of Laguna Niguel, seven grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday March 2, 2014 at 11:30 A.M. at the Fresno Grizzlies Stadium. Remembrances can be made to the ALS Association or Big Brothers and Sisters.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Feb. 16, 2014