Donald Vernon Harrison

Donald Vernon Harrison was born in Pontiac, Michigan, on June 15, 1932, passed away peacefully at his home in Ortonville, Michigan on January 9, 2023 at the age of 90. Donald was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James and Mary (Binny) Harrison.  To honor his wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to your local Humane Society in Honor of Donald Harrison. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family on Donald’s Tribute Wall at

Donald is survived by his loving wife of 69 years; Patricia (DeLano) Harrison, his daughter; Christie (Lewis) Kojima, his two sons; Brian Harrison, and Matthew (Kim) Harrison, his daughter-in-law; Debbie Harrison, his grandchildren, Mallory and Kelly Harrison, Celia (AJ) Collins, Abbey and Bridget Kojima, Kade and Kole Harrison as well as six great-grandchildren.

Donald is preceded in death by his son; Donald Scott Harrison of Holly, Michigan.

Don enjoyed spending time with his family at their cabin on the boundary waters of Minnesota. He also enjoyed fishing, golfing, bird watching and had a love for animals. He loved watching college football, especially the University of Michigan along with many other activities.  Don retired from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), local 58. 

Donald’s obituary is written by his loving family.


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  1. Tamy Nagy on January 19, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, I feel a loss also from Don ! We was a great neighborhood dad to me and my brother .
    Once he helped me out when I was babysitting for the Ritters and locked myself and the kids out of their house .He came over and hoisted me into the window so I could unlock the door .
    He was a great guy , was able to see him in the boundary waters when he was vacationing and enjoying the area .

  2. Debbie Brizzee on January 19, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    Our family here in Idaho, sends our condolences and love to your family!!
    Scott and Debbie Brizzee and family

  3. Karen & Karl Kolcan on January 19, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    So sorry for your loss, our hearts go out to the family. God bless you all.

  4. Chief Bruce, CdTFD, and Sandy Whitehouse on January 19, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    We are so saddened by the news of Don’s passing. He was a true friend, a wonderful neighbor and a devoted and loving husband and father. He exemplified of the best of his generation. Our sincere sympathy goes to Pat and his family. May his loss be softened by the many wonderful memories Don leaves behind.

  5. John McCarthy on January 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the entire Harrison family. Knowing what a wonderful daughter Don raised, gave me a window into he was. Harrison family stories were plentiful for those of us in Christie’s world. He lived a full life and was loved by many. That says it all. Again, my heart aches with yours.

  6. Deborah Burrill on January 19, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    We are saddened to hear of your loss. We enjoyed being your neighbor and all the talks. A good soul has been called home. Love and prayers to all of you.

  7. Priscilla and Vic Merryman on January 20, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    We remember Don with loving memories of our times together in the Boundry Waters of northern Minnesota. He was a great fisherman, blueberry picker, and an even better friend. He was an example to all.
    Peace and Grace to All.

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