Joel Lamonte "Pat" Harris (1933 - 2013)

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Harris, Joel "Pat" Lamonte Joel "Pat" Lamonte Harris, 79, of Dallas TX, died June 8, 2013, after an extended illness. He was born in Stephenville, Texas, on November 19, 1933, to Lyle and Nell Harris and had a wonderful childhood with his siblings Carolyn, Joan, and Bill. Joel met his true love and soul mate in Martha and they married on December 17, 1988, sharing many wonderful adventures and memories for almost 25 years. Joel graduated with honors from University of Texas, Austin, with a B.A. in Mathematics and completed graduate studies in mathematics at UT and physics at North Texas State University. Joel's careers were research physicist at Texas Instruments and mathematics and physics teacher. Joel "Pat" was also an avid amateur radio operator since he was 15 years old and his call sign, W5RID, is known over the world. Joel is survived by his wife, Martha Lincoln Harris; his sisters Carolyn Wildenthal and Joan Shelton, three children from his first marriage: Karen Lawrence, Mark Harris and his wife Rachael, Steve Harris and his wife Cathy, Martha's sons: Bryan Holloway and his wife, "Mon" Wimonrat, Greg Holloway and his wife, "Nok" Naruchon; and 14 treasured grand children. They are Matthew, John, Hannah, Rebekah, and Mary Harris; Cassidy, Olivia, Andrew and Samantha Lawrence; Christopher, Nicole and Nicholas Harris; Nalynn and Glenn Holloway. Joel's wish was to be cremated. The memorial service will be November 25, 2013, to give thanks for his life and commemorate his 80th birthday. Memorial contributions may be made to The or Preston Hollow United Methodist Church, Dallas. Friends can share condolences online at

Published in Dallas Morning News on Aug. 18, 2013
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