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Steve Gary Harrison

STEVE HARRISON

A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Steve Gary Harrison on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, 3 PM, at the Lakeside Pavilion at California Park, 2565 California Park Drive, Chico. He died at age 56.

Steve was born June 24, 1951, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., to Haldon and Toni Harrison. After graduating from Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., he enrolled at California State University, Northridge. He moved to Chico in 1976 to attend Chico State University where he graduated with a degree in anthropology.

While in college, Steve became the first employee of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. He continued with the company for the next 27 years, most recently serving as Vice President. Steve's role evolved from sales to a role blending the sales department with operations and production planning. For the past two years, Steve had been transitioning into retirement.

Steve was an avid cyclist, regularly joining friends on weekend rides throughout the north valley, foothills, and mountains. He was a strong advocate for cycling in our community and a wonderful friend to his many cycling partners. He also enjoyed several foreign cycling trips with friends and family, most recently to Italy. He also loved to hike in Bidwell Park and the Sierra Nevadas.

Steve enjoyed a lifelong sense of curiosity and loved literature, fine films, and spirited conversation. He was devoted to the Chico community and appreciated its beauty, opportunities, and citizenry.

He was intensely interested in politics and was committed to progressive causes related to social justice, environmental sustainability, smart growth, economic opportunity, and universal health care.

Steve is survived by his loving wife, best friend, and cycling partner, Linda Zorn; his father, Haldon Harrison, of Culver City, Calif.; his mother and step-father, Toni and Jack Gardner of Pittsburgh, Pa.; his brother, Hugh, sister-in-law, Annie, and niece, Nicole Haskins, of Venice, Calif.; his sister, Kate Harrison and her partner, Jim Hendry, of Berkeley, Calif.; and several step-siblings.

Steve enriched the lives of all those with whom he shared himself, worked, and biked. His good humor, companionship, helpfulness to others, and social commitment will be greatly missed.

Donations in his honor may be made to the Steve Harrison Fund, which will be used to promote environmental sustainability and alternative energy projects. Donations may be sent C/O Newton Bracewell Chico Funeral Home of Chico, which is handling arrangements. You may share your memories and thoughts of Steve online at nbcfh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Aug. 21 to Aug. 22, 2007
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