It's better to live one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep.
  • 52 years old
  • Born on June 15, 1959 in Pennsylvania, United States.
  • Passed away on March 28, 2012 .

Damon Kirk Harrison, 52, of 2700 Thornton Ave, Des Moines, died March 28, 2012, unexpectedly. He was born in Union City, PA, June 15,1959. Son of the late James and Colleen Harrison. Damon worked for STERIS Corporation for almost 30 years. He loved to lift weights and go cycling.

He was preceded in death by his parents James A. Harrison in 1992, Colleen N. Harrison in 2011, and his brother Jeff.

Survivors include his wife Rebecca and three daughters Lindsey, Randi, and Abigail of Des Moines; brothers Mark and his wife Mari of McKean, PA, and Shawn and his wife Kimberly of Raleigh, NC.

Visitation is at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 720 Grand Ave, West Des Moines Friday, April 13, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial Service Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 10 a.m. followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Posted by Rhonda Bruce on 3rd February 2018
Becky and girls, I am so sorry to hear of Damon's passing in 2012. Although we lost touch through the years, I remember the good times that we had visiting you in Columbia and Des Moines. I am sure the girls are all grown up, as are our two. Praying that you are comforted by your wonderful memories.
Posted by Frances Ignacio on 15th June 2017
Happy Birthday in heaven,Damon, you are missed but not forgotten. I think of you often with a smile and pray every day for Becky and the girls. You were a great friend and I will be forever grateful for that. Your Missouri Mom
Posted by Frances Ignacio on 28th March 2017
Five years gone,seems like yesterday! I think of Damon everyday in some way. He was one of a kind,a loyal friend,a wonderful husband and father and so full of life.He could tell a funny story like no other. Damon you are missed but not forgotten. Your Missouri Mom
Posted by Marshall Boyle on 28th March 2017
Great dude gone too soon. Memories of Damon still put a smile on my face. He will be forever missed.
Posted by Cathy Brooks on 28th March 2017
We all think of you often and miss your smile. Will miss you so much at the class reunion this year. Luv ya. Xoxoxo
Posted by Claire Lukas on 15th June 2016
I think of Damon often and have recently asked him to watch over me as I am changing my career path to something he would totally approve of, a Backpack Guide. I needed his guidance and love to have the courage to say good bye to my teaching career and encouragement as I move forward. Thank you Damon for many, many years of being in the woods, young outdoorsman as we were, you are greatly missed. I know you're here with us every day, love you, Deni
Posted by Frances Ignacio on 16th June 2015
Remembering Damon today,on his birthday.He lived a good life in a short period of time.he was a good friend and he is missed. P rayers to "Becky and the girls"
Posted by Frances Ignacio on 28th March 2015
My thoughts and prayers go out today to "Becky & the girls"Damons wife and 3 girls. I think often of Damon and the laughts and good times we had.He remains one of a kind in my book! Miss you buddy!
Posted by Dick Flaugh on 15th June 2014
I met Damon over 15 years ago...a couple of years before I retired. We always had fun discussing who backed the better team...the Huskers or Nitany Lions. I sure miss him and the jokes we shared. Dick
Posted by Randa Harrison on 28th March 2014
Remembering you and keeping your family in my prayers!
Posted by Randa Harrison on 28th March 2013
Praying for Damon's family this day. Will always remember his laugh and the stories he would tell us. He lived his short life well, a lesson we should all learn.
Posted by Randa (i) Harrison on 15th June 2012
Happy Birthday, Bro! Praying for you, Becky and girls as this will be a hard day for you. Celebrate his life!
Posted by Ron McLaughlin on 23rd April 2012
Damon was a great man and a great friend with a heart for GOD. He had a terrific sense of humor. He always spoke proudly and lovingly about his wife Becky and his three daughters. He will live on in our memories and photos. I will continue to keep his family in my thoughts and prayers. We will all miss him.
Posted by Claire Lukas on 19th April 2012
This message is from Denise Clapper Lukas, Deni to my McKean friends and family. Damon, a prized childhood friend and brother figure to me for years, was and will always be one of the funniest and most entertaining people I've spent time with. As family friends, we kept each other company throughout hunting season, holidays and rites of passage. Love and strength to you Becky & girls.
Posted by Susan Miller Evans on 17th April 2012
I knew Damon since childhood. Our parents were friends and as is in small towns, the kids became friends. Although, he moved out of town with his family, in his generous, gregarious style, Damon was always familiar and easy to reconnect with whether the time between contacts was 20 minutes or 20 years. God Bless Damon and his family.
Posted by Frances Ignacio on 17th April 2012
I met Damon when he first went to work for AMSCO,back in the day. H e was assigned to my hospital in Columbia,Mo,far from his home and Becky back in PA.He was always positive,had a big smile & laugh,loyal to his family,job& friends.Thru the years,our family's friendship grew and remains today. We will miss him much,forget him never,he was one of a kind.Prayers to Becky and the girls.
Posted by Craig Sears on 14th April 2012
I've spoken with Damon at the gym & remember how he wasn't a Gretzky fan & clearly spoke his mind about it. We are losing so much of that in our microwave go go society today. I am so sorry for your families loss, if your family shows the dedication to our community & to others as you and Damon have by teaching at the gym and helping others then our society is truly blessed. God bless you.
Posted by Randall Mccaslin on 11th April 2012
Although distance and circumstance have kept us apart throughout much of our adult life - I will never forget our closeness as children. Our Christmas vacations together, our countless hours at camp, hunting seasons, and our uncanny ability to get in trouble constantly - will remain memories forever. My thoughts to Becky and the girls.
Posted by Chris Moss on 10th April 2012
"My US buddy, who I will always hold dearly to my heart. We had many a deep conversation regarding what was really important in one's life, and as you can see by the various responses it was FAMILY. Becky and girls, I know we've never met, but I feel as though I know all of you through our conversations. I'll always miss that voice saying, hey Mossy my Canadian brother how are you."
Posted by Chris Ragan on 10th April 2012
My staff and I from Sterile Processing at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, would like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. Damon always brought happiness to us when he would stop by. He was such a great person to work with but I really enjoyed his talks about the family. We will all miss him very much. Our prayers are with you all.
Posted by Randa (i) Harrison on 10th April 2012
We at PLHC in West Union will deeply miss this man who always brought smiles, laughs and stories of his family, his love of life to our department. He was just fun. I will miss his "stop by to see how things are going"! We alway had a hug between "bro and sis" and he'd show pics of his Randi to me. My deepest, deepest sympathy to his family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Ken Arnold on 9th April 2012
I first met Damon in the mid 1980's as an Amsco service tech. He was eager, smart and very positive, traits he held for the 25+ years I've known him. But that smile and laugh of his was his trademark. We really connected about family, as I too had only daughters. And Damon was oh so proud of his daughters. It's to them and Becky that I send my deepest sympathy.
Posted by Natalie Coubrough on 9th April 2012
It was with great sadness that we learned of Damon's death. He will be sorely missed, both from a personal and from a professional standpoint. We will remember him for his infectious smile, charm, warmth, loyalty and enthusiasm. We considered him a friend and we, at West Lakes Surgery Center, send our heartfelt sympathy.
Posted by Trish Walouke on 9th April 2012
Damon was a great friend, mentor and co-worker and I will always treasure knowing that I had the opportunity to have such a wonderful person in my life. It was a true honor! I loved Damon's laugh, his easy going personality, his strong faith in God, and his love for his family. My deepest sympathy to his family - Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Melanie Flynn on 9th April 2012
Damon made you feel that you were a valued client, no matter how small the facility. He had the gift of taking complicated information and rephrasing it for better understanding. I remember when he took the time to explain sterilization concepts to our staff--an impromptu lecture with drawings and diagrams, making sure we understood. We will miss him greatly. Our sympathy to his family.
Posted by Billie Kindred on 9th April 2012
I met Damon through my job working at the Iowa City VA Medical Center. Damon was so great to work with and it was very evident he cherised his family. At the end of every visit we would talk about familty and he talked so lovingly of his wife and daughter's. He will be greatly missed. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Posted by Marshall Boyle on 8th April 2012
If I've ever met someone who lived life more joyfully I can't think of it. In a short period of time Damon left an indelable impression on my life. My deepest sympathy to his survivors. Ichi, ni, san- HI!!!!
Posted by Bob Straub on 7th April 2012
Damon's spirit, sense of humor and enthusiasm for life was a joy for all those cherished his friendship. I am proud to have had Damon part of my professional life...and prouder to have his friendship. His ability to focus his career on his Customers and serve them is a testament to how he lead his life. Generous with his time, selfless with his attitude. I will miss my friend forever.
Posted by Duane Hubing on 7th April 2012
One of the most upbeat, positive and optimistic person I've ever met. Damon loved his Family. I will miss him dearly. The Lord has a plan for him. I hope the Lord is ready for Damon, because I have a feeling it could get funny soon. The stories..... God Bless
Posted by Jim Ebiner on 6th April 2012
Damon was a unique individual. I only saw Damon once or twice a year at meetings but we belonged to a 4-person email team who constantly shared each others values and ideas to "fix" the world. On top of that we shared many laughs. He also shared his love and gratitude for Becky many times. Damon will be missed but I know he is in a better place.
Posted by Cathy Brooks on 5th April 2012
Damon was a great friend, a wonderful man that you could trust. A man of honor, a family man. All he ever talked about was his family, Becky and the girls and his mom, dad and brothers. We will miss Damon so much. Please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers.

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