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Michael J. Harrison Sr.



Michael J Harrison Sr (Richard Sanders) was born on Dec 29, 1940 in Yakima WA to Marjorie and Orin Sanders. He grew up in Goldendale WA, where he graduated from high school.

After high school Mike attended Yakima Valley Community College for a while, but it didn't take him long to decide that he and college were not a good fit. He joined a stunt car tour and for about a year traveled around the United States as a stunt car driver. For a while he held the record for The Ring of Fire Slide!

Mike took up golfing and for a while was a Golf Pro in CA.

In 1969 He married Mary Johnson (Merla Johnson) of Goldendale WA. They moved to southern CA, where for a while Mike owned a book store. While living in CA Michael Jr and DeAnna were born. A few years later they moved to AZ, where Mike worked for an awning company. While living in AZ, Sarah and Jacob were born. After a few years Mike and Mary decided to return to their hometown of Goldendale to raise their family. After returning to Goldendale Mike worked for a wonderful organization called New Hope Farm. Mike worked there till he retired in 2006. Upon retiring he moved to Helena MT to be near his children and grandchildren.

Mike is survived by his four children: Michael J Harrison Jr and his wife LeAnn, DeAnna Harrison, Sarah A Riddle (Harrison) and her husband Jeff, and Jacob Harrison. As well as four grandchildren: Seth, Bryce, Isaiah, and Jenna Harrison.

Mike died in Great Falls MT on March 13, 2014 after battling several health problems which developed after a hip replacement surgery, complicated by epilepsy issues. He was 73 years young and is now forever young in the presence of his Lord and Savior.

A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate Mike's life on June 7, 2014 at The Father's House, located at 207 S Klickitat Ave in Goldendale at 1 pm. A potluck reception will follow the service. All are encouraged to attend that knew Mike and his family. 


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