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Tom Harrison

d. September 8, 2022

Tom Tso Harrison of Farmington passed away peacefully at home on 09/ 08/ 2022. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Kee Tso and Barbra Harrison, wife Atta, son Sean, grandson Theron Harrison and brother, Kee Augustine. He survived by his daughters, Theresa Harrison- Asad, and Tammy Wethington, son, Val Harrison, sisters: Ruth Atencio, Ena Trujillo, Eva Rentz, brother, Freddie Augustine, eight grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends. Tom was born in Nageezi, NM to the To`dich'ii'nii (Bitter Water Clan) and Tachii'nii (Red Running into the Water People Clan).

He attended Bloomfield Middle-School, Dulce Boarding School, and Chemawa Boarding School in Salem, Oregon. After odd jobs in San Jose, CA he boarded a bus bound to CO where he met up with a young lady named Atta from back home in Nageezi. She convinced him to move to Colorado Springs and enroll in welding school. They married, and with their two young daughters moved to Farmington to be nearer family. Tom went to work for American Tank and Steel and their family grew with the addition of two boys. A short time later he was hired on as a welder for BHP Mining Co. where he held many positions before retiring, including truck driver, and dragline operator. As if this were not enough, he was a broadcaster on KNDN Radio, and he served on the San Juan County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo as an equestrian drill team flag pole rider. Tom loved the rodeo, and in his younger years he participated in bareback and saddle bronc riding where he suffered a back injury. Not willing to give up rodeoing, he started calf roping and team roping. He liked to visit the casinos, flea markets, family gatherings and his grandkids sporting events. He never tired of telling stories about his childhood, watching old westerns, (especially John Wayne and Clint Eastwood), WrestleMania, and PRCA Rodeo on TV. Tom was known for his kindness, his positive nature, and his happy disposition. When thinking of Tom just imagine him smiling, riding his favorite black quarter horse (Beauty) and living life to the fullest. The family wishes to thank Dr. Patrick Murphy of the Northern Navajo Medical Center and his staff for treating our Dad with respect and kindness. Also, thank you to Dr. Bridget Fahy and staff of the UNM Medical Cancer Center for the extra year of quality life they afforded him. The family is honoring Tom's final wishes and there will be no viewing or services. Cremation has taken place.

 

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