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Gary Harrison
© Cheyenne Sunbeam
20 Feb 2014
Submitted by: Wanda Purcell

On Monday, February 3, 2014, Gary Harrison passed away at his residence in Fresno, California at the age of 76.

Gary was born on August 14, 1937 in Cheyenne, Oklahoma to Stanley and Hettie Harrison.

In 1947, his family moved to Alpaugh, California. After graduating from Alpaugh High School in 1954, his family moved to Fresno, California where Gary met the love of his life, Judy Squire, while they were both attending Fresno State.

Gary graduated with a BS in Business Administration in 1958 and was a brother of Sigma Chi fraternity.

Gary and Judy were married in 1959 and moved to Hanford California. Shortly after, he taught Social Science, English, and Math until 1968. In 1969, Gary received his Masters degree in Administration and became the principal of Meadow Lane in Lemoore. Also, in 1969 he became a field representative for the California Teachers Association {CTA} of which within time he became the chief negotiator of CTA's northern division.

In 1986, Gary and Judy moved to Auburn, California where he continued his career with CTA, retiring in 2000.

In his spare time, Gary was an avid hunter, fisherman and hiker.

He had a passion for helping people in need and enjoyed history, politics, travel and music and was a volunteer disc jockey for KVMR in Grass Valley, California.

Gary was an advocate for the ALS Association and a supporter of Big Brothers and Sisters, as well as many other charitable organizations.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy and son-in-law, Michael Troxell.

He is survived by his children, Lora Troxell of Hanford; Debra Wilson and husband Devin of Porterville; Mark Harrison and wife Arlene of Clovis; brother Bill Harrison of Laguna Niguel; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, March 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Fresno Grizzlies Stadium.

Remembrances can be made to the ALS Association or Big Brothers and Sisters.

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