Daylon Emery Harrington
Daylon Emery Harrington
Nov.11, 1983-May 22, 2009
Daylon Emery Harrington, beloved son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend...went home to Jesus in a plane crash late Friday night, May 22, 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, Ore. 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 five 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 Gospel Mission.
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 ground crew.
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 talented and tenacious.
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.
Jim Elliott said, "Wherever you are, be all there. 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...'til then we will miss you.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 30, 2009, 4:00 p.m. at Trail Christian Fellowship. There will be a potluck afterwards. Donations can be made through Trail Christian Fellowship for mission aviation scholarships in honor of Daylon.