October 17, 1916 - March 16, 2010
Harrison, Orrin Lea, Jr. Orrin Lea Harrison, Jr. was born on October 17, 1916 to Orrin Harrison and Love Craycroft Harrison in Dallas, Texas. He died there on March 15, 2010. He was baptized at age 2 weeks at The Church of the Incarnation where he remained a staunch Episcopalian for the next 93 years. A member of what Tom Brokaw called “The Greatest Generation”, the generation that lived through the Great Depression, fought a world war and returned home to raise families and build a strong America, he remained true to the values of personal responsibility, duty, honor and faith. Orrin graduated from Highland Park High School in 1934 and went on to attend Georgia Tech in Atlanta. He became increasingly intrigued with flight and by 1939 was a civilian instructor for the military in aerodynamics, hydraulics and aircraft electronics. Three weeks after Pearl Harbor, he married Annie Bell Lassig in a marriage that would endure 65 years until her death in 2007. Orrin continued work with Lockheed and American Airlines until induction into the Army Air Corps in 1943. After training, he and his crew picked up a new B-29 in Harrington, Kansas and headed for the Pacific thereafter, involved in bombing through the atomic bomb drops with the 313th Bomb Wing and the 20th Air Force. Following discharge from the service, Orrin returned to American Airlines from 1946 until his retirement in 1980. After retirement, Orrin never slowed down though. He served as a docent in Old City Park and a guide at the Flight Museum. He was active in his beloved Church of the Incarnation as a volunteer at the thrift shop, serving as a lay reader and a member of the Vestry. A big man at 6’5″, Orrin is best remembered for his deep love of family and friends and a daily celebration of the gift of life. Orrin is survived by his two sons, Orrin Lea Harrison, III and the Rev. Dr. Christian Harrison, daughters-in-law Paula and Beverly, five grandchildren, Guy, Erin, Lindsey, Emily and Charlotte, and 4 great-grandchildren. As the family patriarch, he will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at The Church of the Incarnation – Episcopal, 3966 McKinney, Dallas, Texas 75204 at 1:00 pm on Monday, March 22 in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Church of the Incarnation or a charity of your choice.
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