Mr. Harrison served on the Menlo Park Planning Commission from 1988 to 1996, and on the board of the West Bay Sanitary District for many years. As a commissioner he played a role in redesigning Fremont Park and Santa Cruz Avenue, narrowing the downtown strip from a four-lane road to a tree-lined, two-lane road with angled parking.
He also had an active career as a developer, building 42 houses in Ladera alone, as well as other homes in the community.
For years he was a fixture at Menlo Park council meetings, offering views on a wide variety of topics and in 1997, ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the dais.
An active volunteer, Mr. Harrison donated hours to Little House in Menlo Park, the Live Oaks Lions Club and the Menlo Park Historical Association. He spent many Sundays at the Menlo Park Farmers' Market, which supplies homeless organizations with food and raises funds for the Lions Club.
He won the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce Golden Acorn Award for individual achievement in community service in 1999.
He is survived by son Jim Harrison, and grandson Brock Harrison, both of Belmont. Another son, Kent, died at the age of 16.
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