Desmond Leo Harris
Desmond Leo Harris, 88, loving husband and outstanding father, retired banker, sportsman and lifelong Roaring Fork valley resident, passed away April 5, 2014.
Desmond was born May 1, 1925, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, to Ralph and Alice Harris, whom ranched on Missouri Heights during his childhood. Desmond’s grandfather William Harris and grandmother Molly Carey homesteaded at El Jebel in 1881.
Desmond attended Glenwood Springs High School and served in the Navy during WWII from 1942-1946 on the USS Indianapolis and USS New Jersey with Admiral Spruance’s staff in the South Pacific.
He married the love of his life, Margret Irene Marks, on September 29, 1951, in Glenwood Springs, and together they enjoyed sixty two years of happiness. They loved music and spent many happy hours square dancing, round dancing and smoothly two stepping.
Desmond was a fifty-year member and former president of the Glenwood Springs Lions Club, former president of the American Legion and a twelve-year Glenwood Springs city councilman, adult league softball and basketball player, league bowler and master off-road Tote Goat rider.
Desmond was a familiar face at First National and Central Banks for forty-two years. He was an avid high school sports fan. Desmond attended every event his children competed in.
People who call Desmond “Dad” include, Deborah and Dennis Richel, Kent Harris, Kris and Vickie Harris, Karla and Dwight Felkey, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and nephew Kelvin and wife Lois Arbaney.
There will be a funeral Mass Friday, April 11, 2014, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, at 10:00 AM with Father Bert Chilson officiating. A burial will follow at Rosebud Cemetery immediately following Mass. There will be a reception following the burial at St. Stephen’s Church.
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