Harold Steele Harrison, 64, a retired attorney with the Justice Department, died Thursday at his home in Front Royal, Va. He suffered from a heart ailment.

An official for many years of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - day Saints, he was the recent president of the Winchester, Va., Stake. It includes 13 congregations in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Mr. Harrison retired in 1971 as chief of the land acquisition section of the Justice Department, where he had worked for 33years.

A native of Kemmerer, Wyo., he grew up in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, and moved to the Washington area in 1934. While working at the Justice Department, he earned a law degree from George Washington University.

During World War II, Mr. Harrison, who had served for 36 years in the Naval Reserve, was on active duty as skipper of a landing craft in the Pacific.

Before moving to Front Royal four years ago, he lived in Arlington. He was active in the Arlington Ward and Washington and Oakton stakes of the Mormon Church as bishop's counselor, Stake high councilor, district and endowment director of the Washington Temple.

He is survived by his Wife, the former Evelyn Miller, of the home; four children, Pamela Knudson, of Arlington, Paul, of Linden Va., Mark, of Charlottesville, and John, of Blacksburg, Va.; two sisters, Leatha Green, of Arcadia, Calif., and Ruth Bell, of Orange, Calif., and seven grandchildren. CAPTION: Picture, HAROLD S. HARRISON