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HARLAN JARARD MCLEMORE-EDISON

June 14, 1982 ~ March 30, 2022 (age 39)

Obituary

Harlan Jarard McLemore-Edison was born On June 14, 1982, Harlan was born in San Diego, CA at Sharp Memorial Hospital to Zandra Meshack-Edison and U.S. Navy Veteran Phillip Wyman McLemore (who preceded Harlan in death). Harlan was his mother’s first-born child. He was raised in San Diego, CA by his mother and Dad/stepfather U.S. Navy Retired Tracy Jay Edison SR. Harlan was baptized at the age of three at St. Paul United Methodist Church by Reverend Green. His Godparents are Kimberly Ann Harris-Mundy, affectionately known as (Kimmie), and Danny Whitehead. Harlan began his long-successful athletic career at the age of five. His Dad/stepfather was adamant about being his first coach, so at just five-years-old he began playing flag football for the Murphy Canyon football league. Harlan was a natural in sports. He continued to play football, basketball and baseball until his health failed him in 2003. He played tee-ball, basketball, and football - specifically - until he reached his high school years. Notably, he was a stand-out football player for Pop Warner football for Kearny Mesa Pop Warner and South Bay Pop Warner. Harlan was a triathlete during his high school years at Monte Vista High School from 1996-2000, excelling in football, track, and basketball. While playing football for Monte Vista High School, he was voted Best Defensive Player and East County Defensive Player of the Year 1999. He also received the CIF Finalist Grossmont South League Champions “Big Stick” Award in 1999. But amongst those achievements, there were many others just as notable. After leaving Monte Vista High School, Harlan played football for Grossmont Community College briefly from 2000-2001. He then went on to play for a local San Diego Semi-Pro football team before his kidneys failed in 2004, and he was placed on kidney dialysis. As God’s grace and mercy would have it, although Harlan was not able to play football, he, his Dad/Stepfather Tracy Jay Edison Sr., and his only blood related brother Tracy Jay Edison Jr. served the community of San Diego, as coaches for the opening year of Eastlake Pop Warner. Harlan continued his college studies through Grossmont College and Southwestern College, focusing on Real Estate and Culinary Arts. Harlan was a successful Cannabis Dispensary owner/operator, and he delved in many other entrepreneurial ventures. On January 15, 2015, thanks to a living angel, and the Queen, and partner of Harlan’s life for many years, Camille Hernandez, Harlan received a kidney transplant, which added six and a half years to his life. Camille and Harlan were involved in the largest nationwide kidney donor swap (32 people) to date. Despite Harlan’s medical challenges from 2000-2015, he never missed a beat. Many people were not aware Harlan was dealing with renal failure, before, during or after his successful kidney transplant. Harlan’s successful 2015 kidney transplant failed in mid-2021. Harlan was immediately placed on kidney dialysis once again, and once again, he never complained. Harlan gave so much to so many. He led with love, dignity, and respect. Being genuine and respectable is what Harlan was, and will always be known for, by his family, his friends, and his friends’ parents. Harlan navigated through life, attempting to live his life to the fullest for his daughters, his family, the community, and his friends. He succeeded. On March 7, 2022, while driving down the freeway on a return trip from Disneyland, CA, (His only biologically related daughter’s 2nd Birthday, and the 2nd celebration in two consecutive days for her) Harlan turned to his mother riding next to him and said “Mom, did you know I’ve accomplished everything in my life I have ever wanted to accomplish? …or I at least tried?”. Harlan was and will forever be a treasure to all who knew him. Throughout his life, his love of European/Foreign cars and the finer things in life, and above all those things, the love he had for his daughters, sustained him through pain and setbacks - despite the churning tides of life. Harlan always kept his head up and kept a smile on his face. His genuine care and concern, his unconditional love, his absolutely smile, and his infectious laughter will be greatly missed. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, and shared one-liners, tall-tales, and true stories with those who took the time to listen. Harlan lived like he loved: HARD. Harlan is survived by his beloved daughter Wynter Dior Edison, beloved bonus daughter Karma Lily Lockett, his mother Zandra Meshack-Edison, his Dad/Stepfather Tracy Jay Edison, Sr., his brother Tracy Jay Edison Jr., his sister Ti’Ana Jaynee’ Edison, two nephews Deante Mahome JohnsonEdison and Jayvion Juaquin Edison Robinson. Aunts; Dawnetta Meshack, Amber Meshack, Sharron Meshack-Herring; Camille Hernandez; his daughters Wynter Dior and Karma’s mother Alexia Richardson, her family, an aunt Audrey McLemore, Annette McLemore, Gertrude McLemore, Stephanie Watson-Graham, Raymond Graham, Stacy Bergins, Tracy Bergins, Marshone Booker, Ti’Ana Booker, Jazmine Clark, Octabius Holly, Reontay Mulder, and a host of other family members and true friends.

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
April 20, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
MEMORY CHAPEL OF ANDERSON-RAGSDALE MORTUARY
5050 Federal Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92102

Funeral Service
Thursday
April 21, 2022

11:00 AM
North Park Apostolic Church
2515 Lemon Grove Avenue
San Diego, CA 91945

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