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Don Byrd Harris (1936-2012) Obituary

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Don Byrd Harris (1936-2012) Obituary

Posted: 9 Oct 2012 12:17PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Harris, Cox, Callender
Idaho State Journal, 10/09/12


THATCHER — Don Byrd Harris, 76, of Thatcher, Idaho, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at his home. Don was born on June 12, 1936, in Soda Springs, Idaho, the son of Franklin Berdean and Dawna Lynne Cox Harris. He lived most of his life in Thatcher except for one year in Visalia, Calif., and one year in Tacoma, Wash. Don graduated from Grace High School in 1954, and then continued his education at the University of Idaho, where he graduated in ag ed in 1958.

He married Norma Jane Callender on August 23, 1958, in Boise, Idaho. Their marriage was latter solemnized in the Logan Temple in October of 1995.

He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had held many callings such as ward and stake dance director, Young Men activity counselor, Varsity activity leader, ward choir member and 20 years in clerk’s office.

Don was an EMT driver for 19 years and was president of the Gentile Valley Land and Cattle Co., for 21 years and also had served as the president of the Gentile Valley Irrigation Co. He ranched in Thatcher for 53 years.

He obtained his private pilot’s license in 1964, and loved flying. He also enjoyed skiing, golfing, and water skiing. He loved music and sang in many choirs and quartets.

Don is survived by his wife, Norma Harris; and one son, Jeremy and Amelia Harris of Preston, Idaho; and three granddaughters. He is also survived by two sisters, Dawna Karine Harris Olsen of Grace, and Laurie Harris of Grace; and close friends, Eulalio Plancarte and family and Felipe Plancarte. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carolyn Jensen.

Services will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2012, at noon at the Thatcher-Williams Ward Chapel in Niter. The family will visit with friends on Wednesday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at the church and also on Thursday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the church prior to services. Burial will be in the Thatcher Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of the Sims Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.simsfh.com  .

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