Harris Alexander Lee was born in Perley, Minnesota on 14 June, 1922. He
attended high school in Borup, Minnesota and played first string basketball and football.
Upon graduation, Harris moved to Fargo, ND to attend college.
In 1942, Harris moved to California and worked for Lockheed in Burbank and attended USC.
Late in '42, Harris enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he was trained as a fighter pilot and
flew the F6F Hellcat on numerous missions in the South Pacific, stationed aboard the
U.S.S. Bella Wood until 1945. Harris was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross plus additional air medals.
From 1946 through 1956, Harris worked in the Hollywood special effects movie set industry.
He worked on the original Titanic vessel, Desert Fox and many other well-known movies
produced by Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Columbia and Paramount. This was the
beginning of Harris's love for scale model building.
In 1956, Harris joined his brother Don in home, apartment and condo
construction and was a building contractor in Orange County until his retirement in 1988.
The brothers had a very successful career in the building industry.
Harris had two sons, Kirk and Scott. Harris took great pride in his
grandchildren and could never get enough of them. The grandchildren gave him much
happiness and gave him the excuse to be the "kid at heart" he had always been.
Harris' love for flying never abated. Building scale model radio control airplanes was a
hobby of his for many years. In 1980, Harris founded the U.S. Scale Masters Association.
Over the years, the association has grown worldwide and has sponsored, promoted and upheld
quality Championship Scale Events. The many friends Harris made in the association were a
great source of joy for him.
Harris was a kind and gentle soul who lived his life as the best person he could possibly
be. All the friends Harris has all over the world are indicative of the success he
achieved in his life quest to be a compassionate, honorable, caring friend, son, brother,
husband, father and grandfather. I think we all agree our lives have been blessed and so
much fuller because Harris Alexander Lee was a part of them.
We Celebrate Harris!
memorial bulletin 9 May, 1998
Pacific View Memorial Park
Newport Beach, CA