WILLCOX Favorite Son and Daughter Award

Scott Harris

Favorite Son 2017 - Scott Harris

Photo: Carol Broeder/Arizona Range News
Willcox Favorite Son Scott Harris is welcomed to the stage to accept his plaque by announcer Steve Reno.


The 2017 Favorite Son and Daughter awards Arizona Range News article available HERE

Reno said Harris was raised in Willcox “since the age of 6 months.”

Describing Harris as athletic, Reno said Harris was “raised on a ranch just north of Willcox, as the oldest of four children,” and with three younger brothers, “could be a bit bossy” to his younger siblings.

“The other kids pretty much did what he wanted done,” Reno said, quoting Harris’ father. “They were all pretty close, though, born just two years apart, mostly.”

Harris’ mother said that he “looked after them boys, making sure one was cleared out of the way before a rattlesnake could get a taste of him.”

He loved horses, cattle and even sheep, “but wasn't real fond of hogs,” Reno said.

Harris loved to compete. A three-sport star at Willcox High School, Harris played first base and was a 6-foot center in basketball. Harris was awarded a scholarship to Cochise College.
“Now that would be a decent size for a girl, but he wasn’t,” Reno said, “but his leaping ability made him a good center candidate for a smaller rural team, and besides, it was basketball where he actually earned his college scholarship back in ’71.”

Reno went on to say that Harris “didn’t really stick it out on the basketball court, but as a young adult took to fast-pitch softball real quick, and along with buddy Bo Hall, was one of the most feared power-hitting tandems in the state.”

Reno described Harris;’ brother, Kirk, as “an excellent pitcher.”
“They all took after Dad (Dave), one of the most renowned pitchers in the state and the Southwest,” he told the audience. “Dad helped coach the boys and their buddies to qualify for — and compete at — several national tournaments.

“But he wasn’t making money at softball, instead settling down with his young wife to have four children and work at Pa’s business for more than 40 years now, becoming co-manager and now a co-owner.”

Reno said the business takes pride “in donating to many local activities, especially involving youths, as you’ll see and hear their name at youth sports, high school sports, 4H and FFA.”
Harris also coached numerous Lil Dribbler and Little League teams and once was a president of the Quarterback Club.

“His long years of work have now afforded him his dream of following in Grandpa Butch’s footsteps to cowboy out on a ranch of his own, raising and breeding cattle,” Reno said. “Although he sold that Bowie ranch, he now partners with his son, Drayson, on Red Bird Ranch near I-10.

“Everyone in Willcox knows of that business name his dad and brothers helped run. It’s simply, the Packing Plant,” Reno continued. “Now you also know a little more about one of its important local boys, Scott Harris, who is our favorite son — in town — for 2017.”

In accepting the honor, Harris said simply, “What an honor to be around people like yourselves, right here where I belong. Thank you.”

Willcox Alumni sponsors this trophy, while Jonnie Belle Bethel, Honey Nicholson, Kirk and Dave Harris contributed to Harris’ story.