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Scott Lee Harbison

September 11, 1958 ~ February 19, 2019 (age 60)

On February 19, 2019 we said goodbye to Scott Lee Harbison, our husband, father, and friend as he bravely left this life and passed on to the next. Not many people knew that Scott was battling cancer. He was active and kept going and doing the things that he loved best through the thick and thin of life.He lived by his convictions to work hard, play hard, and eventually he battled hard.

Scott was born September 11, 1958 in Carmi, Illinois to Eloise W. Lee and Orville S. Harbison (Bud) and was the last of three children. Scott’s father worked in the oil field and so, like many others in the Uintah Basin, they moved where the work was, living, working, and playing in “the oil patch”. Most of Scott’s childhood memories came from his time in Hayes KS, Pratt KS, and Vernal UT where he grew up. It was pretty easy for Scott to make friends wherever he lived. His personality was built to go out and find a friend. When they moved someplace new, he would walk down the street and knock on doors asking, “Do you have any kids?” This character trait was one of the building blocks for what his future would hold as he joined the ranks of the oil field where he made a successful living.

Eloise, Scott’s mother, played a role in who he would eventually marry. Eloise was fond of a young woman she worked with, Tina Le Jenkins, and introduced the two of them. It didn’t take long before Scotty and Tina decided to marry and start their own little family. Three boys would eventually bless the Harbison home and those boys became the focus of their lives. Everything from baseball, debate, and choir trips filled their lives as they supported their sons in their interests. It made for a close knit family who worked hard and played harder… well, perhaps the kids might say they played hard and worked harder.

It was important to Scott that he taught the boys how to work. The days began early and they could be found doing all different kinds of work; landscaping, building projects, fixing things up, and cutting wood just to name a few. “This is quality family bonding time,” he would always say. When it came time to play it was easy to choose his favorites; fishing, camping, hunting, and waterskiing provided everything a man could want and he passed some of those loves on to his children.

Scott spent his career in the oil field working for Parrish Oil Tools, Tretolite Chemical/Baker Hughes, and Champion Technologies. He served in several capacities but most of his time was spent in sales. He knew his field well, was well respected, and was successful in his endeavors. One of the things he loved to do was feed the people who worked with him. He often spent his evening grilling some of the best meat in town and would share some of the fruit of his labor with extended family and then take the rest and treat the men/women at work to a delicious lunch.

Family man, generous, quick-witted, hard working. All words that describe Scott. But perhaps one of the best tributes we could pay to Scott is to follow in his footsteps with the way he showered his love on his grandchildren. From the moment his first grandchild came into his life until the last day of his life, his seven grandchildren were his sunrise and his sunset. He loved them dearly and they love their ‘Papa’.

We will miss our Scotty, our dad, our Papa.

Our family extends our deepest gratitude to all who have walked our path with us, made our lives better, and shown their love in so many different ways.

Scott was preceded in death by his mother Lois and his father Bud, his Sister Katie Burns, and brothers-in-law Wayne Jenkins and Mark Tanner,

He is survived by his wife, Tina, and her parents Jim and Jackie Jenkins, his brother Mark (Lisa), his sons Gregg (Candace McClintick), Josh (Lyn Hunting), and Trevor (Mari Cook), and his grandchildren McKenzie, Taylor, Lilli, Abby, Jack, Cora, and Luke.

Funeral services will be held Monday 11AM at the Uintah Conference Center. A viewing for family and friends will be held Sunday evening from 6-8PM at the Phillips Ashley Valley Funeral Home and Monday 9:45-10:45AM at the Uintah Conference Center. Interment will be in the Vernal Memorial Park under the care and direction of the Phillips Ashley Valley Funeral Home.


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