|ROBERT (ROB)'S OBITUARY
Robert Leslie Harbison, 64, of Belton, Texas, formerly of
Georgetown, Texas, passed away on May 26, 2020, after
numerous medical and surgical complications. Known as an
unstoppable force of nature, Rob was determined to live as
boldly as possible even at the end of his life, demonstrating his
characteristic resilience and determination even in the face of
overwhelming odds. He passed while surrounded by family.
Rob was born in 1955 to Clifford Harbison, an entrepreneur, and
Charlotte McConnell Harbison, a homemaker, both of Odessa,
Texas. He was the elder brother of Doug, Drew, and Elizabeth.
Growing up in rugged west Texas, Rob developed a passion for
the outdoors, particularly for fly fishing, hunting, and sight-seeing.
As a teen, he attended Permian High School, earning
accolades for his football performance on the Permian
Panthers, the team of Friday Night Lights fame. He additionally
ran track and performed well in academics. Following high
school, he attended Odessa Community College, Texas Tech
University, and ultimately the University of Texas at Austin,
receiving dual degrees in Business Administration and English.
Following brief graduate studies in Business, he began his
career in real estate, finance, and property development. Rob
thrived in the Austin community, focusing on helping the less
fortunate as he gained personal success. He will be
remembered for his love of the National Parks System, animals,
and shock humor as well as his enjoyment of beer, a good
steak, and the classic combination of Vienna sausages and
saltine crackers. He was a big fan of music across diverse
genres, and his family remembers his jam sessions to The
Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie, and even to the classical works
of Vivaldi. His admiration for Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga
were implicit. A jack-of-all trades, his family retains stories of his
adventures as an exotic game rancher, amateur football league
coordinator, and supreme grill master of all the red meats. Most
of all, they remember the boldness of his life and his zeal for
productivity in all that he did.
Though he may be gone in body, his memory will remain legend.
He is survived by his wife, Fran Knox, of Belton, Texas.
Additionally, he has four children with his former wife, Cindy
Patton Harbison: Brooks Harbison, a psychologist studying in
Louisville, Kentucky; Beau, owner of Mitchell Auto Sales, and
wife, Grace Harbison, of the U.S. Virgin Islands; Barrett
Harbison, project consultant of Dallas, Texas; and Bradie
Harbison, a mental health counselor of Austin, Texas. His
surviving siblings include Doug and Kim Harbison of the U.S.
Virgin Islands; Drew and Anna Harbison, of Pagosa Springs,
Colorado; and Elizabeth Rall, of Austin, Texas. His father-in-law
and lifelong friend is Douglas Bernard Patton, of Clute, Texas. A
man known for building large social networks, Rob had multiple
honorary family members, including Ross Duncan and Brian
Frost. Rob has many friends in Georgetown and the surrounding
area, and he will be greatly missed. He is also survived by
numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, across the U.S., all of
whom he adored.
In lieu of flowers, Rob wanted donations made to Yellowstone
National Park, one of his favorite places on earth. His family
plans to spread his ashes there during a private event where
they can remember and honor him in his most sacred of places.
|Robert (Rob) Leslie Harbison
09.11.1955 - 05.26.2020