Harlan was born April 22, 1932 in San Angelo, Texas to Carlos Connor Webb and Zula Smith. Harlan is survived by his sons Mike, Tim and Hoot; daughters Terrie and Harla; sister Willie Lou Prickett; eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Harlan was a "Legendary Saddle Maker". He served in the Navy during the Korean War and took his leather-working tools along with him. Harlan made leather belts and other things for sailors for extra money during that time so he was able to send his check from the Navy home to support his family. Harlan owned SD Myers Saddle Company and Ritter Saddletree Company in El Paso, TX from 1965 to 1978. Harlan made thousands of saddles for the "common man" and "Real Cowboys". He made PRCA World Championship Saddles from for four years. And some of his saddles are in the Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. Although he took great pride in making affordable saddles for real cowboys, it is quite ironic that he will best known for the leather saddles that became works of art for the wealthy and movie stars. He pioneered "leather art" with the use of dyes and paints. Once he got the saddles finished the first thing he would do was destroy the designs; he always said when someone spends that kind of money, their entitled to own the only one in the world. During his career he gained a reputation as the world's greatest craftsman in the designing and creating art in leather. He was considered by other saddle makers as an artist with leather tools.