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Donald Harris

March 14, 1934 — May 22, 2019

On Wednesday,

May 22, 2019 Donald Martin Harris (Don), father, brother and friend to many, passed

away at age 85. Don was born March 14,

1934 in Colfax, Washington to Willie and Melcena (Brownfield) Harris as their

first of seven children.

Having graduated

from Nezperce High School, Don attended the University of Idaho and earned a

degree in Theatre Arts. Following

college, he became a high school English and Drama teacher in Arco, Idaho where

he met his soon to be wife, Kay Douglas.

Don and Kay were married in June of 1960, and after working as Forest

Service fire lookouts and attending the University of Oregon for graduate

studies, they welcomed their first son Lin the following year in Eugene. They then moved to McCall, Idaho were Don

taught high school for two years and their second son Brian was born. Don next began a career with the Forest

Service that would span over 30 years.

While stationed in Billings, Montana, their third son Steven was born.

Don's career

with the Forest Service was spent on several National Forests including the

Payette, Nez Perce, St. Joe, Beaverhead-Deer Lodge, Custer and the Tongass

National Forests. Highlights of his

career included his early years as an aerial fire observer and spending seven

years in Alaska on Petersburg Island.

Don enjoyed spending

time with his immediate and extended family playing card and board games. As a self-taught student of history,

literature & arts, and sciences, everyone wanted Don on their Trivia Pursuit

team. Don was an avid music lover and played the piano throughout his

life. He is best known for his great

smile, quick wit, friendly demeanor and his kind and compassionate spirit. He will be greatly missed by many.

Don was

proceeded in death by his wife, parents, and brothers Darold and Bob. He is survived by his three sons, Lin (Jerre

Koskie) and grandchildren Jason, Jennifer and Justina; Brian (Kristi Korfanta)

of McCall and grandchildren Tristan, Tucker and Taryn; Steven (Michelle Miller)

of McCall and grandchildren Jade and Hailee; four great grandchildren; his

siblings Maxine (Riggers), Bill, Ken and Greg; many nieces and nephews and

extended family members.

A funeral

service will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the Christian Church in

Nezperce, Idaho at noon, with viewing beginning at 11a.m. prior to the

service. Lunch will be served at the

church following the burial service.

In lieu of

flowers, donations can be made to the Nezperce School Music Program for

construction of their Music Maker's Space (recording studio), Nezperce School,

Attn: Music Makers, P.O. Box 279,

Nezperce, Idaho 83543. Condolences may be sent to: Harris Family, 1704 Spruce Lane, McCall,

Idaho 83638

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