Kenneth Loyd Harris
Kenneth Loyd Harris passed away surrounded by those he loved in Kuna, Idaho on December 13, 2020, at the age of 81. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
He was born on November 30, 1939 in the small mining town of Bisbee, Arizona to loving parents, Loyd Frederick Harris and Marian Ruth Townsend. Ken attended many schools growing up and graduated from North Thurston High School near Olympia, Washington in 1957. Following high school, Ken served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1960 to 1962 in the Pacific Northwest. He cherished his time as a missionary and spoke often to his family of his missionary adventures and love for the Lord.
In 1963, Ken met the love of his life, Alice Anne Kibler, while she was finishing her nursing degree at Utah State University. They wed shortly thereafter on January 4, 1964 in Los Angeles, California and were sealed for time and all eternity later that same day in the Los Angeles California LDS Temple. They lived for a short time in Los Angeles and were blessed with their first two children, Todd (Kristen) Harris and Karin (James Knowlton) Hammer-Knowlton. In 1968, they moved to Molalla, Oregon where they would raise their family, adding two more children Denver (Juanita) Harris and Jennifer (David) Carter and live for 52 years.
Ken loved Molalla and was an active participant in the community. He wrote a regular newspaper column for the Molalla Pioneer entitled "Ken's Korner" enjoyed attending the high school sporting events - helping each year with the Molalla Scholar Athlete Award - and never missed a Fourth of July Parade. He served as a police officer in Molalla for 5 years before taking a job as a corrections officer in Multnomah County, where he retired after more than 25 years of service.
A man of great faith, Ken was an active and dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday saints. He served as a Bishop, volunteered in the Portland Oregon LDS Temple, and more than anything he adored helping the missionaries assigned to his community. He was a tremendous example of faith in action and always looked for opportunities to serve those around him.
Ken enjoyed golfing, photography, hunting, and metal detecting. He found many treasures over the years, which he collected and showed to anyone who would listen. He loved Simon & Garfunkel and always seemed to have an Elvis song on the tip of his tongue. He also played the guitar and harmonica. Ken was a poet and master storyteller. He published many poems, short stories, and articles, but what he enjoyed most was gathering his family together to tell them tales from his life, which were entertaining and mostly true. His family was his true passion, and he loved them fiercely.
He is survived by his wife, Alice; his brothers, Gerald (Irene) Harris and Darrell (Jane) Harris; his sister, Cheri (Ray) Richardson; 4 children, 18 grandchildren, and 3 great- grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents, Loyd and Marian, and his brother, Wayne Harris.