Eric Harrison, 51, passed away in San Manuel from pancreatic cancer. Eric is on his forever hunting and fishing trip. He left this world peacefully, in his home, surrounded by all ‘his girls’ and his faithful Labrador, Mac, on Friday, June 7, 2019. Thank you, Soreo Hospice Care and Palliative Care for clearing the runway for his final take off.
Eric is reunited with his dad, Tom “No Biggie” Harrison and his brothers, Mark and Bobby.
He is survived by his beloved mother, Edith Harrison; brother, Rod (Kelly) Harrison; sister, Joyce (Robert) Prescott; the love of his life, Melissa “Missy” Harrison; three beautiful daughters, Amber (Chris) Quiroz, Jessica (John) Frazier and Erika (William) Wallace; and eight wonderful grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, Brionna, Brooklynn, Jacob, Aedan, Carson, Evan.
Eric graduated from San Manuel High School in 1985. He gained his work ethic from Mr. John Dicus at the Chevron Station in San Manuel. He was a heavy equipment mechanic and an operator for Garrett Construction Anaheim, Ca., Magma Copper Company from 1987 until its closure in 1999. Tyson Mining became his next adventure. He then worked many years for Western Industrial and, later, the San Manuel Arizona Railroad Company. Hands down, his favorite job was working alongside his Dad and Mom on their home rental business in San Manuel.
Eric loved hunting, fishing, airplanes, and Jeep and Harley rides. He loved his family dearly and his grandkids were the apple of his eye. He was fortunate enough to have a band of lifelong friends whom he considered brothers. He was also lucky enough to make a few more of those brothers along his journey, in this lifetime.
Eric loved Arizona: its nature, beauty, vast space and the freedom it brought into his life. It was his home. Along with hunting and fishing, he found that aviation was one of his passions. He restored and flew a vintage Ercoupe airplane with one of his best buddies, Absey Bogle. He and his lifelong friend Parish flew it to Arizona from West Virginia so Absey and he could restore it. He always spoke fondly of his time at the San Manuel Airport.
Services were held at San Manuel Elks Lodge, 143 Eighth Ave. in San Manuel on June 15 at noon. Lunch and fellowship will follow. In lieu of flowers please donate to PanCan.org for the furtherance of research for Pancreatic Cancer.