Kenneth Elmo Harrison


January 5,1936 - July 27, 2020

Ken died peacefully surrounded by family at his summer home in Meeker, Colorado, on July 27, 2020, at age 84.

Born January 5, 1936. in Rifle, Colorado, to Lambert Elmo and Ruth Murdock Harrison, little brother “buddy” to older sisters Shirley and Ruth. The family moved to Filer, Idaho, where he grew up and graduated from Filer High School in 1954. Ken went on to graduate from the University of Idaho with a bachelor’s in wildlife biology and was the first in his family to achieve that. He served in the United States Army and was stationed in South Korea where he was a radio communications operator.

He was married to Sharon Wilcoxson July 5,1959. They later divorced in 1978, but remained friends. From this union came three children, Debbie, Scott and Greg.

Ken went to work for the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Shoshone Idaho, and spent the next 34 years at several mid- and high-level positions. In 1973, he was the first Area Manager for the Kemmerer region and several years later, after stints in Cheyenne and Washington, DC, retired in 1995 as the State of Utah Deputy Director for the BLM.

Ken was an avid outdoorsman, camping, hunting and fishing with his red canoe and RVing with family for weeks at a time throughout the country. He was an accomplished artist of many mediums including drawing and advanced woodworking. His nature drawings were published in federal BLM brochures. Ken loved to bowl and did so competitively for many decades. He was captain of the 1971 Nevada State Championship team.

Ken possessed an extreme level of dedication to his family and friends throughout his life. He turned into a little kid again when he became a grand- and great-grandpa. His family meant the world to him. He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by everyone that had the honor of knowing him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lambert Elmo and Ruth Helen Harrison, sister Shirley Patterson and beloved youngest son, Greg Patrick in 2019.

He is survived by sister Ruth Thomas (Walt), daughter Debbie Harrison Morlan (Phil), son Scott Harrison, grandchildren Gregory Harrison (Sonia), Devin Neff (Jim), Shelbey Mitchell (Morgan), Lindsay Harrison, Caleigh Morlan, great-grandchildren Colten Mitchell, Amelia Mitchell, Aaron Harrison, Yari Harrison, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to any veteran’s organization.

Our father held the people of Kemmerer very close to his heart, in particular the class of 1979. He loved coming back for the reunions and catching up at Oyster Ridge over a beer. Glad that you were a part of his life and he a part of yours. We thank you for that.

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