THEODORE “TED” CLAYTON HARRISON, 70, was a man who loved life and appreciated every opportunity that came his way. He was born in Stockton, CA, on August 16, 1946, and passed away peacefully at his home in Casa Grande, AZ, on January 26, 2017. Ted was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War, having served as an air operations crew member aboard the U.S.S. Oriskany where he was credited with saving the lives of fellow sailors during an ordinance fire in October of 1966. Upon his honorable discharge from the US Navy, Ted began a long and prosperous career in sales.
Ted spent much of his youth and adult life in Elko, NV. It was there he met the love of his life, Marilee Stenovich. They were married in Elko on July 11, 1993. Throughout their marriage they traveled extensively, golfed excessively, and laughed continuously. As a proud Nevadan, Ted loved the outdoors and giving back to his community. He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club and took the club’s mission of improving the world, one child and one community at a time to heart. He loved serving chorizos at Elko High School football games and pancakes during Fair time, bartending at Cowboy Poetry, watching Little League Baseball and EHS basketball, and cheering on his much-loved Denver Broncos. More than anything, Ted loved his wife and family.
He is survived by his beloved bride, Marilee Harper-Harrison, step children: Peter (and Heather) and Aimee Harper; grandchildren: Amelie, Miles and Jude Harper; sisters Helen ( and Bob) Wickman and Mary Anderson; In-laws: Michael and Marsha Joyce, Mic and Myra McPherson, Michael and Lori Stenovich and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Tom and Florence Harrison, brother, Dan Harrison and sister, Peggy Harrison.
A Celebration of Life will take place over Labor Day weekend this September in Elko, NV, during one of Ted’s favorite annual events, the Elko County Fair.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to RYR-1 foundation (www.ryr1.org/donate) in honor of Ted’s grandson Miles Harper, the Elko High School athletic department or the charity of your choice.