Harry Edson Bryan, son of a pioneer Siskiyou County family,
passed away on March 23, 2011, after a long illness. He died on
the eve of his eightieth birthday at his home in Yreka, surrounded
by his family.

Harry was born in Yreka on March 24, 1931 to Leon Horan
Bryan, of Fort Jones, and Ella Edith Prettyman Bryan, who grew
up in Broken Bow, Nebraska. Harry was a fourth generation native
of Siskiyou County. Although they grew up in Yreka, Harry
and his older brother, Jim, spent much on their time on the family
ranches in Scott Valley and what is now Lake Shastina and at the City Meat Market in Yreka which
their parents owned.

Harry graduated from Yreka High School in 1949 and received his Bachelor of Science degree
from Stanford University in 1954. After serving two years in the U.S. Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia,
during the Korea war, he returned to Stanford to complete a Master’s degree in civil engineering.
Subsequently, he was licensed as a Registered Civil Engineer.

After a short period working for CalTrans in Redding, he returned to Siskiyou County to join
what would ultimately become Piemme & Bryan, Inc, Civil Engineers. About the same time he
met, through mutual friends, Mary Ellen McLean. Mary Ellen was teaching at Monterey Peninsula
College and Harry made the long commute from Yreka to Monterey many times. Harry and Mary
Ellen were married on June 24, 1961, in Dunsmuir. They lived in Yreka during their nearly fifty
years of marriage and were a team to the end.

Engineering was a great love and his work efforts are evidenced throughout Siskiyou County.
His projects included the Greenhorn dam project in the early 1960’s, the Fall Creek Water Project
which still supplies Yreka’s water today Yreka Sewage Treatment Plant, the Dorris municipal
water system, civic projects in Etna as well as Forest Service road development primarily in the
1970’s, the Mount Shasta Ski Park, Fairchild Medical Center, and a variety of residential subdivision
projects in which both his children have streets named for them and numerous other private,
commercial and governmental work.. For many years, he was the City Engineer for Etna, Dorris
and Montague. eHe A community-oriented man, he contributed to numerous civic efforts and
local organizations during his life. He was a elected member of the Yreka Elementary School Board
and a member of the Yreka Planning Commission for many years, and was an active member of
Yreka Rotary, the Yreka Committee for Historic Preservation, the Siskiyou County Historical Society
and the Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts.

Harry loved to ski. In addition to teaching his children, he taught ski school at the Mt. Shasta
Herald Ski School at the old Mt. Shasta Ski Bowl during the 1960’s. A talented dancer, he loved
square dancing as well as “cutting a rug” on the dance floor. His excellent memory and life long
association with the county, his wide spread engineering jobs and his many relatives made him a
most informative historical and geographical resource. His ability to use his low key, creative wit
to diffuse, divert and entertain was a source of delight and relief to those who knew him.

Harry is survived by his wife of nearly fifty years, Mary Ellen McLean Bryan, his daughter, Elena
Bryan of Brussels, Belgium, his son and daughter-in-law, Emerson and Dee Dee Bryan, and his
granddaughters Blakeley and McKenlee Bryan of Mount Shasta. He is also survived by his sisterin
law, Betty Bryan, and his niece, Jennifer Bryan of Yreka, his nephew, Brian Bryan of Jacksonville,
Florida and their familes; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Norman and Susan McLean of
Ukiah, his nieces, Leslie McLean of Oakland and Shawna Fross of Petaluma, their mother, Barbara
McLean, and their families. He also leaves numerous cousins in Siskiyou County and across the
United States as well as treasured friends and colleagues.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Jim, and Mary Ellen’s parents, Harry
and Margaret McLean.

Friends and family are cordially invited to attend a memorial reception for Harry Edson Bryan
at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center on Monday, March 28 at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family
suggests that memorial contributions be made to Madrone Hospice, Fairchild Medical Center, the
Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts, to a scholarship in Harry’s honor at United Scholarships,
Inc, or to the charity of one’s choice. Girdner Funeral Chapel is assisting the family. Online
condolences may be made at www.girdnerfuneralchapel.com.