Daylon Emery Harrington 11/11/83-5/23/09
Beloved son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend…went home to Jesus in a plane crash early Saturday morning, May 23, 2009. He left this world doing what he loved to do – fly! He leaves behind a grieving multitude, for Daylon had a gift – several gifts – one of which was the ability to connect heart to heart with others. It was the desire of his heart to use this gift, and his skill and love of flying, in service to his Savior.
Daylon was born and reared in Eagle Point, Oregon. He spent his
elementary years at Butte Falls Elementary School, attended Grace
Christian school for middle school, and finished high school at Eagle
Point High School graduating in 2002. As his parents were youth
leaders at Trail Christian Fellowship, Daylon was an active member of
the youth program from his earliest years on. His favorite thing was
the many missionary trips we took. As a family we spent 5 months in
Australia doing missionary work. Summers were spent on short term
missions to Mexico, Havasupai Indian Reservation, and Hawaii. He also
loved the local service projects: helping people with their yard work,
counseling and life guarding at camp, or ministering at the Medford
He went on to college at Prairie Bible College
in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada for their ‘Discover Program’ – a study
and experience in cross-cultural missions. While there, he went on a
missionary flight in Guatemala that saved a young woman’s life. At
that moment knew in his heart he was called of God. From that time
forward he focused on the necessary education and training. He
completed the program and returned to Prairie for the aviation
program. He obtained his commercial pilot license and received
extensive training in missionary aviation. He spent his summer flying
missions for a Christian Camp near Russian Mission, Alaska. For a time
he moved back home and was employed by "Million Air" as part of their
Flying was not his only passion. Daylon
approached all of life with passion…and energy…and enthusiam. On
the swim team in High School, Daylon loved water! He loved swimming,
scuba diving, surfing, fishing, sailing, jet skiis, waterskiing, white
water kayaking…and frozen water as well!…snowboarding, skiing,
cross-country skiing. He loved music and enjoyed playing drums. He
also loved to dance, and he was good! He played volleyball in college
and loved the game. He also enjoyed tennis. He really enjoyed
everything he did and could do anything he set his mind to!… He was
tenacious and talented.
Daylon and his life are a living example
of a "Wild at Heart" (book by John Eldridge) kind of man. And what
endeared him to all our hearts, was his heart…kind and
compassionate…sensitive and caring. Daylon was not held captive by
social stigmas. As cool as they come, he cared not a whit about
‘cool’. He noticed the unnoticed and would delight in befriending
them. He was, as one said, at home in his own skin. He could dine
with kings or sup with paupers and remain true to the man that God
created and called him to be.
At the time of his death he was
attending school to complete his Airplane Mechanic Training. He was an
accomplished pilot with several endorsements including instructor,
commercial pilot, IFR, float plane, and more.
said, "Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of
God." Daylon lived to the hilt. In his short life he lived more fully
than most ever dare to dream…a life lived not recklessly, but in
reckless abandon to His Lord and Savior.
In the depths of our
grief we can rejoice in the confidence of knowing we will see our
beloved Daylon again…till then we will miss you.Survivors include
parents: Gary & Valerie Harrington; Brothers: Skylar & Garret
Harrington; Sister: Aubrey Fox; Sister-in-laws: Elyse & Laura
Harrington; Brother-in-law: Jason Fox; Grandmother: Jean Ann Leach;
Grandfather: Leo Harrington; Nephews: Owen & Noah Harrington, Jaron
Fox; Niece: Ellie Harrington; Uncle: Mike Harrington & Neal
Shannon; Aunts: Cyndi Harrington, Janan Shannon & Leana Leach.
Cousins: Trea & Travis Connick, Dusty, Kelly Harrington; Extended:
The Wright family & Anne Morton and a myriad of grieving friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 30 at 4 p.m. at Trail Christian Fellowship.