Date Created: 06/08/2017
Last Updated: 06/08/2017

In loving memory of Ray G. Harriman
3/24/1956 - 6/6/2017

Location: Cortez, Colorado

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This memorial was created in honor of Raymond "Ray" G Harriman of Cortez, Colorado. Ray was born on March 24th, 1956 and passed on June 6th, 2017. Raymond was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all his friends, family and students. He was a proud husband to Deborah Lux-Harriman and dad of Kyle Harriman. He grew up in Walsenburg, Colorado. He started teaching at Cortez Middle School in 2001 and transferred over to Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2003. Mr. Harriman coached multiple sports, he served on the Leadership Team for the faculty, and he was the voice of Panther Football at all our home games. Before working at the school he educated people from around the world with his works at Archaeology sites all over the Southwest. He had attended classes through Adams State College, Fort Lewis College, University of Colorado and San Juan College and in 2014 he earned his Master's Degree at the American College of Education. Ray loved to ski and bike in the Boggie Draw area of Dolores, CO. Usually, these trips were made with friends and Luna his Golden Doodle. Many people have used the words energetic and encouraging to describe him this week; but heard most often has been "father figure". If you wanted to see Ray smile all you had to do is ask "Hey Ray, How's Kyle doing?" M-CHS will miss you Mr. Harriman. You were one of our favorite Panthers!


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From: Cherie Santi Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Dear Deb, Kyle and all the Harriman Family, I am so very sorry to hear about Ray. Although, it has been many years since I have seen Ray, I will never forget his beautiful smile, and kind gentle manner. What an amazing husband, father, teacher, coach and all around respected man. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all! Love, Cherie Santi

From: Stacey Hall Monday, June 12, 2017
Deb and Kyle, we are so sorry for your loss. Ray will be miss by so many. He was a great supporter of kids. We loved him as the voice at Panther Football, Gay always enjoyed Friday night games with Ray. Enjoy your memories. Love Gay & Stacey Hall

From: Teresa Carlson Sunday, June 11, 2017
I worked with Ray at MCHS for the past 11 school years. He was one of my favorite teachers. He would always go out of his way to stop by the main office to encourage Vicki and I... and to share funny anecdotes with us. He loved his family, teaching, his students and life! I will miss him; it was a pleasure to have known him. For Deb, Kyle, and Ray's extended family ... my prayer is that God's peace will guard your hearts and surround you daily. Territory Carlson

From: Lorelei King Saturday, June 10, 2017
To the Harriman family: Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May the love you shared bring you comfort during this difficult time. So very sorry for the loss of Ray. Lori Maes King and Stephen King, AZ

From: Amanda Higgins Friday, June 09, 2017
So many things come to mind when I think of Ray. I am so blessed to have known him and work with him. Ray always asked about my kids and their next sporting adventure. He was so encouraging and supporting of them. He never missed an opportunity to tell me he saw their pictures, or what a good job I was doing, or say an encouraging word. I will miss his smile and laugh most of all. Deb and Kyle my love goes out to you. Thank you for sharing Ray with us. We are all a little better because of him.

From: Cate Englehart Friday, June 09, 2017
Mr. Harriman was a wonderful man, an amazing teacher, and always went out of his way to say hello or ask how you've been. I remember in high school he always had the best stories, and I will never forget his theory on why aliens haven't really made human contact. Whales.... they were too busy exploring whales and the whole ocean. Because whales are peaceful and beautiful. At first I thought he was crazy but he was so passionate about it that I to this day carry this belief. Mr. Harriman had a strong voice and demanded respect when needed but nothing about him was intimidating because he had the most approachable and friendly character. The first time I ever felt so low about myself was when he lectured our class for cheating on an exam and not being a bigger person and putting a stop to it...because let's face it, we all knew about it. I really felt like I disappointed him just for being a witness! A few weeks later we were taking our final and after about five minutes of dead silence he barked that stern voice and told all of us to put our pencils down and turn back our test. We were all so scared and thought for sure someone tried to cheat again. He waited for all of our eyes to meet his before he busted out in his great big roar of a laugh and said "I hate finals, and I hate test dictating your knowledge. Enjoy your break" Best. moment. ever. Mr. H, Thank you for all your support when I entered the teaching world, your kind words will always inspire me. You ARE greatly missed, you and your family will forever be in my heart.

From: Deb Kennedy Thursday, June 08, 2017
Deb, I was so very sorry to learn of Ray's passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

From: JoLynn Miller Thursday, June 08, 2017
Deb and Kyle, we are so sorry to hear about Ray. My daughters really enjoyed him as a teacher and are saddened by his passing. Our hearts hurt for you. Much love, JoLynn, Branden and daughters.

From: Glenna Oliver Thursday, June 08, 2017
Deb,I am so sorry about Ray. Loving thoughts and prayers for you.

From: Debbie Bair Thursday, June 08, 2017
Mr. Harriman was a great teacher and awsome friend. I work in the E. S. S. Dept. What I remember about mr. Harriman is he would talk and carry on conversations with the students in the room. Leave them with a "have a great day " and a smile. Always. Ray, you will be so so missed. R. I. P.

From: David Robinson Thursday, June 08, 2017
Ray was a great co-worker and a friend. Ray loved students and showed concern for all student who walked the halls of M-CHS. I will miss our talks about Pueblo and other commonalities. Ray will be missed both at M-CHS and personally.

From: Debra Ramsey Thursday, June 08, 2017
Ray was a friend that I was always learning from. I hold most dear the several times he said "Deb and I just love the Ramsey's". He said this to me all the time. I will miss the heck out of him. Debra Ramsey

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