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DONALD HARRIS

DONALD HARRIS Donald Kent Harris, 87, passed away July 21, 2013, in St. George, Utah, from complications stemming from Alzheimer's Disease. He was surrounded by his loving wife, of 66 years; his five children; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was born Sept. 27, 1925, to James Alma and Rachel Leonia Butt Harris, in Sugar City, Idaho, where he spent his youth and graduated from Sugar City High School before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served as a corpsman, assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps during the invasion of Japan and occupation of China. Upon his return, Don enrolled at Rick's College, where he soon met and married Janeen Wasden in the LDS Idaho Falls Temple, Dec. 20, 1946. They resided in Salt Lake City, where Don graduated with honors from the University of Utah. Soon after, they made their home in Idaho Falls and Shelley, Idaho, where Don worked for Westinghouse at the National Reactor Testing Site. In 1967, Don and Janeen, along with her brother, Barry Wasden and wife, Joyce, embarked on a new adventure with the Hallmark card and gift business. The Harris family moved to Newport Beach, Calif., where they opened the first of what became a large chain of stores, eventually spanning to several western states. Retirement years were spent living in Virgin and later, Washington, Utah, where Don was known for his ambition, energy and diligence. He was ever-busy with numerous projects and hobbies, including writing several historical and fictional novels. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many teaching and leadership positions, including the bishopric. He had a beautiful tenor singing voice and performed in numerous church and civic functions, including lead roles in a number of plays and productions throughout the years. He sang with many choirs including the Bluth Choral of Las Vegas and Heritage Choir of St. George. He loved to travel, and he and Janeen saw much of the world together, including serving an LDS mission to Nauvoo, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents; five siblings; and three great-grandchildren. Don is survived by his wife, Janeen; two daughters, Peggy (James Kay) Duncan and Judy (Randy) Gelter, both of Washington; three sons, Stephen (Laurie) of Washington, Randy (Ann) of Arroyo Grande, Calif., and Richard (Karen) of Las Vegas; 30 grandchildren; and 81 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 W. St. George Blvd., St. George. There will be a second visitation 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m., both at Silverstone LDS Ward Chapel, 1080 W. Arlington St., Washington. Burial will follow at the Washington City Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. For condolences and full obituary and service listings, please visit the website www.metcalfmortuary.com.


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