Kelly Vernon Harris
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Kelly Vernon Harris passed away on Tuesday, March 19th in Sparks, NV. Born June 15, 1968 in Seattle, WA, he moved to Reno at a young age and graduated from Sparks High School in 1986. During high school he attained the Eagle Scout Award from Troop 168. He attended Wichita State and UNR graduating with a B.A. in English in 2002. He earned a teaching credential and a M.Ed. from Sierra Nevada College. He placed 2nd at H.S. State Championships in the discus and was also skilled in the shot put. He attended college on scholarship for his athletic abilities and later shared his talents coaching. Hired in 2004 at Reed High School, he positively influenced the lives of many students, athletes, and staff; Kelly's creative writing prowess inspired one and all. Known for his sense of humor and love of the Looney Toons, he disguised himself as Daffy Duck on Halloween. Kelly's deep and abiding love for The Lord was shared with all he met. An avid sportsman and fisherman, he spent many waking hours at Pyramid Lake trying to lure the "Big One." He is survived by his beloved wife Nicole, son Lance, mother DeSales Harris, aunt Donna Gray (Wayne), uncles Gerald Harris, Gary Lewis (Judy), John Lewis (Susan). He was preceded in death by his father Vernon Harris and uncle Stan Lewis. Though he is now with his Heavenly Father, Kelly is greatly loved and will be deeply missed. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Mt. View Mortuary, 425 Stoker St., Reno, NV, 89503. In lieu of flowers the family enlists your support of the Summit Christian Church-Celebrate Recovery Program, 7075 Pyramid Hwy, Sparks, NV 89436.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2013