Dion Eric Harris

August 19, 1958January 3, 2019
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Dion Eric Harris, 60, passed away on Thursday evening, January 3rd, 2019 at his home in Longmont, Colorado due to heart complications. He was born on August 19th, 1958 to Alfonso and Arlene (Palmer) Harris. He was eldest of three boys and the protector of all of his younger family members while growing up in Frederick, Maryland. He and his family made Colorado their home in 1978.

Dion enjoyed playing sports including football in his youth and was a part of a Longmont softball league for many years as an adult. He was active in his community helping with local elections, canvassing and registering voters. He was previously married to Leann Illig and remained close friends with her and her family over the years. He worked at IBM for over 20 years and made countless friends there. In fact, Dion made friends everywhere he went and it's easy to understand why.

Dion always looked for an opportunity to help anyone he crossed paths with. He was supportive and loving, often putting others needs before his own. He had a warm, loving smile that was unforgettable. Though he was always ready to share a laugh with you he was also content to just to sit and enjoy the moment.

Dion’s mother Arlene was the light of his life and they not only had an unbreakable mother and son bond, but they were undeniably best friends. Dion was an incredibly loving and caring Uncle to his nieces and nephews, and adored each and every one of them. He had many friends who he shared deep bonds with. If you were his friend he considered you family and he quickly became “Uncle D” to just about every person he met.

Dion lived a full life in his short 60 years and is survived by his mother Arlene, his two brothers Alfonso and Wayland, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his father Alfonso Sr. in 2010. Dion leaves behind a legacy of laughter and love. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

The following arrangements have been made at Howe Mortuary (439 Coffman St, Longmont, CO), viewing on Jan. 8th from 5 - 7pm followed by the funeral on Jan. 9th at 1 pm.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Dion Eric Harris

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Sylvia Weddle - Classmate

January 21, 2019

So sorry to hear of this loss. Everyone knew Dion and he was such a good guy to have around, always a smile on his face and good spirits. Let the present of the Holy Spirit give PEACE to all his friends and loved one during this time of loss. Blessings

Leanna Maes

January 21, 2019

I just heard about the loss of Dion. We worked together at IBM for years and lived in the same neighborhood in Southmoor Park. Dion was a treat, like many others I will always remember his beautiful smile, and his giggle. Dion helped anyone. He was always sharing what he had, what he knew and just anything he could. He had a huge heart and just beamed up the place wherever he was. We had a lot of laughs, always asked for overtime and shared whatever goodies we brought to work. We would go out dancing with other friends and just had fun. My parents just loved Dion.. he was an extension like in many families. My kids just loved him, it seemed like everyone knew Dion, he was just that kind of person.
I am sending prayers to his family and other friends, this is a huge loss but I know he left many memories and love.

Buddy and Djuna Smith

January 14, 2019

We are sorry to hear of our cousin passing. It's been many years since we have seen each other but Family is Always Family. Again, we are so sorry for your loss.

Sharp Mary

January 10, 2019

My family would like to send condolences to the Harris family. I was blessed to have been introduced to Dion's Mom, when they first came to Colorado. Through Arlene I had met Dion. He was an amazing person, very kind, companionate, always was there to help out a friend. I will never forget his beautiful smile, and his outlook on life. He will be missed greatly, and left to soon. He is watching over all of us now and is our angel. God Bless You.

Tahlia Welker

January 9, 2019

Harris family,
I’m sorry I can’t make it to the funeral but Dion will always be in my memory. He was an amazing man whose smile lit up every room. He made sure all of the little ones knew they were loved and made everyone feel like family. I look up to Dion and Arlene’s mother son relationship, it was easy to tell they were best friends and I loved watching them together. Dion has blessed all he has met with his personality. I have so many funny memories with Dion and I’m proud to have known such an amazing and loving human being.

Susan Hall

January 9, 2019

I am blessed to know the Harris family and feel fortunate we were neighbors for years. I'm equally heartbroken at the passing of Dion. One of the kindest, most geniune, good-hearted men I've ever met. Loyal, true and good and you can see it in his smile and in his eyes. I see, even as a baby, that smile. I'm so very sad. My Tim, who lost his oldest son at 11, sends his deepest condolences and understanding, Miss Arlene. I love you all and pray for peace for you in this hard hard time.

Donna Hutchinson

January 8, 2019

Dear Family,
My condolences to you all during this most difficult time.
Dion was one of the sweetest persons I have ever met.
I knew him through IBM and even though I did not know
him very well, he was always so kind whenever we did
meet after I left IBM. He always had a smile on his
face and made my day better for having bumped into
him. I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless you
all during this difficult time.

Treena Worthington

January 7, 2019

To Ms. Arlene and all family members, my deepest condolences to you all. Dion was my classmate from elementary to High School, we sure had many memories together. Every time he would come to Frederick and I had the opportunity to spend time with him, I just couldn’t believe how he kept his youthful look, still looking like back in 1976. That smile was a big radiant smile. In school everybody wanted to hang with Dion, he was so cool back then, everybody wanted to be cool just like Dion. I remember Dion and I together almost started a school riot, lol, but it was for a good cause, to change some unfair school policies. Dion was the go to man to stand up for our rights!

Wow! another one of ours gone to soon, now, your with Fox and Joy, kiss them for me and we will all meet again soon.

Dear friend I’m truly going to miss you, sending you love and a Peaceful Rest.

God keep you in his arms my brotha....76ers 4 ever...

Johnia Hamrick - Classmate

January 7, 2019

It is so hard to believe you are's going to be hard not seeing your smiling face at our next class reunion...that smile always lite up a room. I can remember the good times and laughter we had in school..the good old days..Rest in peace Dion. You were an amazing person inside and out. I will send prayers for your family and many, many friends that God be with them and help them through this hard time..As you go thru those pearly gates your smile will be shining as it always does..

Marie Wells

January 7, 2019

Arlene sending prayers to you and your family sorry for your lost