Jon Lester Harrison

April 15, 1946 - December 22, 2017
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Jon Lester Harrison died unexpectedly in Dallas, Texas on December 22, 2017 at the age of 71.
Jon was born in Grand Prairie, Texas to TOB and Louis Harrison. He graduated from Irving High School in 1964. He then attended University of Texas at Arlington where he received a BA in Economics. Jon also served in the Army during the Vietnam war. Jon was an extremely gifted journalist and editor for multiple newspapers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for most of his career. His readers loved his sharp wit, strong opinions, and uncompromising commitment to the truth. He then moved on to work for Taylor Publishing for well over a decade until retirement.
Big Jon, as he was affectionately known was a life force that everybody wanted to be a part of. He constantly talked about his family to anybody that would listen, and never missed a ballgame. Jon was an avid reader his entire life finishing an untold number of books. Once he retired he was able to refocus on his passion for photography and seeing the world. He enjoyed traveling to all corners of this country taking pictures and catching up with friends and family.
Jon is survived by fiance Linda Marie Clayton; his two sons, Jon Bryant and his wife Jennifer and Jason; granddaughters Jaclynn Harrison and Kourtni Matheny; great grandson Lucas Burnell and great granddaughter Amelia Ryan Truesdale; sister Marsha; brother Terrell; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
His viewing will be Wednesday December, 27th 3-6pm at Chism-Smith Funeral Home 403 South Britain Road Irving, TX 75060.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your preferred charity.

Service Information

Date: December 27, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Eric Catron
Tyler, TX
I am so sorry to hear of Jon's passing.  My deepest condolences and prayers are with you all.
Robert Lee Mitchell
Shreveport, LA
Prayers for Big Jons family...
Deanna Becker
Pine, CO
I am saddened to hear about Jon. A few years ago, I went to a family reunion. Jon was there with his son & Linda.  I enjoyed seeing him & talking about the days when we were young & our families visited each other.
Rob Townsend
Grapevine, TX
I worked with Jon in the early 80's at a small newspaper.  He was very helpful and supportive to me in my first real job.  He has many friends that will miss him.
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