Leslie David (Les) Harrison of Martindale, TX, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away suddenly on Friday, January 20, 2017. He was born January 27, 1944 in McAllen, TX to Eugene and Ruby (Fairchild) Harrison. A sixth-generation Texan, his great, great grandfather fought in the battle of San Jacinto.
Les graduated from Jourdanton High School and was the quarterback of the football team for four years. He attended and graduated from SWTSU (now Texas State University) where he met Loraine Harper. He walked up to her on the first day of summer school registration, asked her if the seat next to her was taken, and they’ve been side by side ever since. They were married on August 26, 1967.
Les was the owner and operator of Harrison Properties, which he started in 1990. Prior to that he was a banker at the Lockhart State Bank and First Lockhart National Bank. He was a dedicated servant of his community, serving as President of Lockhart Kiwanis Club, chairman of Chisolm Trail Roundup and member of the Chamber of Commerce, Lockhart Little League Association President and a coach for many teams. He was a charter member of the Martindale Volunteer Fire Department and was their first fire chief. He was also a Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Martindale.
Les was a devoted follower of Christ and over his lifetime was a member of First Lockhart Baptist Church, Hyde Park Baptist Church and Martindale Methodist Church, where he served as choir director and worship leader. He loved singing, connecting with people, and greatly valued his involvement with the Emmaus Community.
A great dancer, a clever prankster, Les was the very definition of gregarious. He enjoyed every sport and visiting his hunting ranch in London, TX. He was profoundly generous and went out of his way to encourage people. Hundreds of high school football athletes from different teams, towns and decades know him fondly as the Saturday morning film session donut provider, cheerleader, strategist and friend.
Les had character and showed deep commitment to his community, his children, and his wife. A second dad to many, Les treated others like his own family, welcoming everyone into the Harrison home, including five young people who lived with them over the years. We will miss his presence, his generosity, his humor, and his humility. Our world shines a bit darker without the light, laughter and love that Les brought into every room no matter the circumstance or situation.
We cannot yet envision a world without his joy, humor, song and compassion.
His parents and four brothers preceded him in death. Les is survived by his devoted wife of almost 50 years, Loraine (Harper) Harrison; son David Harrison, Jr. and his wife, Laci, and their children Hannah, Harper and Hadley; two daughters Laura Harrison Mayes and husband, James, and their son, Harry; Tish Harrison Warren and her husband, Jonathan, and their children, Raine and Flannery; brother Bo Harrison and wife, Susan; and sister, Annie Laura Martin. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thursday, January 26. A Celebration of Les’ life will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, January 27, at the First Lockhart Baptist Church in Lockhart, with the Rev. Don Duvall and the Rev. Gary Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow at the Nancy Martindale Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Martindale Methodist Church or Friends For Colombia (www.friendsforcolombia.org).
Dan and Janna MonnichJanuary 21st, 2017 on 3:22 am
To the Harrison Family,
May the Lord give you strength and peace at this time. Les was a great person and Dan and I really enjoyed being around him!
connie hendricksJanuary 21st, 2017 on 5:44 pm
Dear Friend, so very sorry to hear of Les’s passing. I know that you and your family will miss him greatly. He is resting peacefully now with Jesus. I’ll see you Friday. Hugs, Connie H.
Les Harrison familyJanuary 22nd, 2017 on 4:09 pm
We love your family so much. You are all an extension to our family and we are so very sorry for the loss of Les. We have had so many wonderful fun times with him and all of you. His fun spirit and love for Jesus showed in everything he did! We will miss him so much and always be thankful he had been a part of our lives.
Our love and prayers for your family now and many day to come. We love you!
Eugene/Maryanna RhemannJanuary 22nd, 2017 on 8:46 pm
We are so sorry to learn of Les’s passing.
Our thoughts and prayers go with you during this time of adjustment. The friendship of Loraine and Les during our time in Lockhart and in Austin.
Roy and Linda ScuddayJanuary 23rd, 2017 on 4:11 pm
So sorry to hear about Les. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed.
Coyle & Patsy BuhlerJanuary 23rd, 2017 on 4:46 pm
What a huge loss!!
We (and many, many others) will miss Les very much.
Our love to Loraine and family.
Neighbor from MartindaleJanuary 24th, 2017 on 8:17 pm
Sorry for your loss. Im saddened to hear the news. I met Les as I have jogged near his home, he was a very kind hearted and sincere man. He would always give a wonderful hello.
Loraine, I saw your commitment to this man and I could see he loved you. What a testimony. Lord be with the Harrison family.
Pilar and Mary GalanJanuary 24th, 2017 on 9:05 pm
Lorraine, our deepest condolences to you and all the family. We have been heartbroken to hear about Les. Our prayers are with all the family. He was the BEST landlord we ever had.
Love ya’ll, The Galan Family
Richard ConradsJanuary 24th, 2017 on 10:09 pm
It was a privilege to know him
David TooleyJanuary 25th, 2017 on 8:00 pm
Les and Lorraine, through their love and kindness, changed my life. I am sad that Les is no longer with us, but praise God that he is with his eternal family and waiting for the day we will reunite with him. And if I know Les at all, right now he is currently entertaining the entire heavenly host. Because he was that amazing a person. Lorraine, I pray that God gives you comfort and peace, just like you have given comfort and peace to so many.
LaDalia Hellums & FamilyJanuary 26th, 2017 on 11:43 pm
So sorry for your loss of Les. Some of the best memories of my time at FLNB included Les. It was a pleasure to work with him.
Prayers of comfort and peace for you and your family.