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Gary Ronald Harrison

1942 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Age 74, of Menifee, California, passed away on May 2, 2017 in Riverside, California. He was born in Lynwood, California on September 10, 1942. He was a 5th generation Californian.
He was a resident of Quail Valley and Menifee for 70 years and attended Perris Elementary and Perris High Schools.
Gary was preceded in death by his infant granddaughter, Salena Marie Harrison. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Fern Harrison; daughters, Karen Rainford (Scott) of Sun City and Julie Harrison of Ontario; son Ronald Harrison (Mary) of Sun City; six grandchildren, Marlena Fernandez (Daniel) of Ontario, Corey Harrison (Meggan) of Sun City, Percell Torkelson of Menifee, Cody Torkelson (Emma) of Virginia, Molly Harrison (Cole McClain) of Sun City, and Heidi Harrison of Sun City; five great-grand- daughters, Zoe and Layla McClain of Sun City, Lillian and Delilah Harrison of Sun City and Genevieve Fernandez of Ontario. And also his beloved and faithful Australian Sheppard, Buddy.
Gary had a mechanical brain and worked for Rufus M. Hook in Perris and Lakeside Chevrolet in Romoland for numerous years. He left mechanics for construction becoming a dozer operator. He later had his own business "Bonzi Dozer" and he rented his dozers and water trucks to the forestry during fire season. Gary had an incredible work ethic and was the perfect example of a "hard working man."
He loved country music and often went to Las Vegas and Laughlin to see some of his favorite singers; especially Merle Haggard. He liked to go to the "Branding Iron" in San Bernardino to dance.
Some of his past times and hobbies through the years included, NASCAR, drag racing, building car and boat motors, boating, water skiing and swimming, football, bowling and golf. He also loved coaching and managing his son's little league baseball teams in Perris. His most favorite meal was salad, steak and a baked potato.
Gary loved horses and as a youth operated his own riding stable; managing at least 25 horses at a time. Later, he team roped with his son, Ron and did gymkhana and horse shows with his daughters, Karen and Julie.
He was always more than willing to share his vast knowledge of mechanics with anyone who would ask. He loved his family and gave unselfishly of his time and love.
A Celebration of his life was held on May 7, 2017 at his son and daughter-in-law's house in Sun City. "My mind still talks to you,
My heart still looks for you,
My soul knows you are at peace."
Published in Press-Enterprise on May 28, 2017
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