Thomas Richard Ernest Harris, 92, of Idaho Falls, passed away April 21, 2010, at his home.
He was born April 24, 1917, in Edinborough, Scotland, to Thomas Harries and Edith Minnie Cornish Harries. He attended Pembrokeshire Grammar School in Wales, then moved to Salt Lake City, where he graduated from East High School. He continued his education by attending Bennett College in Sheffield, England, and received his associate degree. Tom was in the British Navy for 12 years and served during World War II as a Warrant Officer.
On February 22, 1941, he married Jean Reynolds in Grimsby, England. In 1947, Tom and Jean with their daughter, Sandra, moved to the United States to start over. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on September 22, 1947. He was a hospital administrator in Burley, Idaho; Rupert, Idaho; at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, and then at LDS (Riverview) Hospital in Idaho Falls.
Tom was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions, including Branch President, Bishop, Bishopric Counselor and High Councilor. He also served with his wife as a missionary in the Ireland Dublin Mission. For 22 years, Tom and Jean spent their winters in Yuma, Arizona, where Tom was the Gospel Doctrine Teacher in the Yuma 6th Branch. Tom enjoyed photography, poetry, boating and teaching, and was a private pilot and accomplished organist and pianist.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Harris of Idaho Falls; children, Dr. Jay Martin (Trudy) Harris of Idaho Falls and Thomas Reynolds (Cindy) Harris of Fallbrook, California; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Jean Harris.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the Idaho Falls LDS 31st Ward, 1165 Azalea, with Bishop Richard Stewart officiating. The family will visit with friends from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the church. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at the North Ogden Cemetery in North Ogden, Utah. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www .woodfuneralhome.com.