Russell Martin Harris, 93, of Rexburg, passed away Friday, June 13, 2014, at his home. He was under the care of Solace Hospice.
Martin was born March 23, 1921, to Cora May Killian Harris and Russell Walker Harris in Lewisville, Idaho. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Southern States Mission.
On Jan. 28, 1943, he married Dora Hirschi in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She preceded him in death. They lived in Kilgore, Idaho; Mud Lake, Idaho; Stevensville, Mont.; and Salem, Idaho, where they farmed and ranched. They had two sons, Martin David (Ula) Harris and Lyle (Janet) Harris, who are both deceased; and four daughters, Corene (Larry, deceased) Buhler, Ilene (Greg) Dunn, Debra (Ed) Herbst and Peggy (Dennis) Dye.
Martin served in various callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including High Counselor, Young Men's president, stake missionary and he was a High Priest.
He married Carolee Bair in November 1984 and was stepfather to nine more children: Trish Fielding, Delynn (Terri) Summers, Alan (Stephanie) Summers, Glenna (Kevin) Hudman, Paul (Tonya) Summers, Todd (LeeAnn) Summers, Scott (Sherry) Summers, Linda (Glen) Robertson and Laura (John) Salzman.
Including both marriages he had 64 grandchildren, 111 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Martin and Carolee served in many callings together including a mission to Roanoke, Va., and Columbia, S.C.; and also served in the Provo, Utah, Temple.
He loved horses, elk, hunting and sports, especially BYU (Ricks) Football.
When he passed away, he still bore the strong testimony of his second great-grandfather, Martin Harris: the Book of Mormon is true. He will be sorely missed.
The family expresses sincere appreciation to Solace Hospice and Premium Choice Home Health for their kind care.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the Rexburg 3rd Ward LDS Chapel, 345 S. Third West, with Bishop Tom Rane conducting. The family received friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby, and also will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Following funeral services, he will be laid to rest in Lewisville Cemetery. Services are under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.