In Memory

Joe Harris





Heads up, I tried to Facebook you about 4 days ago but I guess you don't get on Facebook anymore anyway the reason I'm sending this is because Joe Harris Provo High School 1960 passed away on Sunday, he was a couple of days before that he was on his roof winterizing his swamp cooler and he fell off so they rushed him to the hospital and he contracted staph infection and they couldn't save him anyway the funeral is tomorrow and and sat 89 East and 110th South I'm not sure the name of the ward but the viewing is at 10 and the funeral is at 11 I'm sorry I didn't get to you sooner but I've been sick and I'm not going to be able to go but I just thought I'd let you know I I hope a lot of people go to it cuz he's a great guy any way  


Sincerely, Byron Nelson

Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note5.

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10/24/19 09:39 PM #1    

Robert Y Valentine

R. Joe Harris

R. Joe Harris 1941 – 2019

R. Joe Harris passed away on October 20, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was injured doing what he loved to do – taking care of his home. He was born on December 9, 1941 to Melvin Guss and LaVon Starr Harris.

He grew up in Provo, Utah. He graduated from Provo High School and Utah Technical College as a Draftsman. He worked for Provo City. He married his sweetheart, Helen Olsen in the Logan Temple. They have been married 53 years. He began a long and productive career as an engineer at US West working first in Provo and later in Salt Lake City.

Joe had a thirst for knowledge. He kept up with sports and politics, could name the make, model and year of any car and liked learning about history. He enjoyed going to movies and plays. He loved going “out and about,” including driving American Fork Canyon. He was a particular craftsman and enjoyed woodworking. He had hobbies of fishing, hunting, biking and outdoor sports.

He rose to every challenge and forged his own path to the end. He served as Elder’s Quorum President, Ward Clerk, and also served four Church Service Missions.

He was a great husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and loved his family. He was proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and their accomplishments throughout their lives. When he retired, he was happiest taking his grandchildren to Yellowstone every two years.

Joe is survived by his wife, Helen (Olsen), his children: Shellee Harris, Jodi Phillips (Ross), Jill Bookwalter (Thom), Angelee Harris and Jason Harris (Susie), 14 grandchildren and 4 great grand-children, and his sister, Carole Harris.He was preceded in death by his mother, father and two brothers. Joe will be greatly missed by everyone who loved him, and we are so thankful to have been blessed with his example, his humor, his care, and protection.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 26 at 11:00 AM in the LDS Church, 89 East 11000 South, Sandy, Utah with a viewing from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM before the service. Interment will be at the Grace Cemetery in Grace, Idaho at approximately 4:30 PM

04/17/20 12:12 PM #2    

Byron Nelson

Joe was one of my Best friends, we went through Junior High and High School together.  He was one of the niciest person I knew and he was always there if you needed anything.

Myself and Joe hung out all the time in High School and double dated sometimes, he was always the jockers and I enjoyed his company, I lost track of Joe for a few years when I moved to Idaho after my wife Passed, but we ran into each other at Smith one day and we committed ourselves to going to lunch at least once a month, It was really enjoyable talking about old times.

SAD we only did lunch a few times before he Passed, and it was quite a shock, The week of his funeral I was down with a very bad sickness and I missed it, that is one of my very sad times, not being able to attend his funeral and giving condolences to his family!!


Love you Joe and hopefully if I make it up there I'll see!!!!

12/06/20 06:33 PM #3    

Robert Y Valentine

Byron recollects:  

Joe was a great guy, it was kinda weird, our last lunch together we talked about our health and our home and he had said that he had

he had to get up on the roof and close up his swamp cooler and I said I had a Central Air put in after my wife died, she liked the swamp

but a couple of years before she passed I was on the roof and lost my balance and almost fell to the ground and then Joe does the same thing

and it caused his dealth, What a tragedy, I miss him!!!!!


Byron Nelson 12,7.2020-

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